Viva Supermarkets E Div Champions while Ajanta Pharma runners up of E Div Times Shield’20

After opting to bat first at Sachin Tendulkar Gymkhana 2,  Ajanta’s openers Omkar Rilkar & Ganesh Kadam gives a steady & positive start to Ajanta which was in plan & according to discussed with openers. At the stage of 16.3 overs no loss of 83 Omkar Rilkar (36) lost his patience got C & B to Sachin Solanki. 

Prashant Prindavankar takes the place of Omkar and started build up the partnership with Ganesh Kadam. Both the batsman carries forward their inning nicely and put Ajanta Pharma on 164 in 35.4 overs. Then Prashant where he was trying to boost the quick runs, he got bowled to Nilesh Mhatre on 47 runs. 

Next batsman Dhaval Panchal takes the charge with Ganesh Kadam and stated his inning. Both were busy with single & doubles. While it feels that both the batsman will blast more 4’s & 6’s Ganesh Kadam got out on 78 runs.  Ajanta needed a quick fire at that stage & skipper Hanumant Matkar walks in and join Dhaval. Both experience batsman taken the positive approach and made quick 24 runs partnership in 2.3 overs.  Hanumant got out on 13 in 9 balls to Nilesh Mhatre. Ajanata’s score was 194 in 39.4 overs loss of 4 wickets. 

Krishna Humane, hard hitter of Ajanta joins Dhaval. Both were well known the situation. Dhaval & Krishna hammered 5 sixes & 4 boundaries reaches Ajanta on 261 in 45 overs. Dhaval scored 43 in 27 balls and Krishna scored 27 in 14 balls. Viva’s Nilesh Mhatre took 3 wickets & brilliant spells by Sachin Solanki (09-02-26-01)

Viva Supermarket’s openers Shikhar Thakur & Manager Gupta start hammering straight away from the 2 over. Shikhar hits 2 massive sixes & a boundry to Gitesh Pandere. Viva captured total 21 runs in 2nd over. Both solid openers were looking so dangerous. Hanumant replace Gitesh and brings Krishna Humane. His late swinging delivery clears the way of Manager Gupta. Viva was on 31 for 1. 

Umesh Gurjar walks in. Shikhar & Umesh batted very nicely with keeping the run rate of 8.0 per over reaches on 88 in just 11 overs loss of 1 wicket. Shikhar & Umesh made a partnership of 65 runs in just 8 overs makes worried for Ajanta.  Akshay Ambike’s tight bowling finally gets results. He takes a wicket of Shikhar. Shikhar batted fantastic & boost the quick run rate of Viva. Shikhar smashed tall 6 sixes out of the SRT and hit 3 boundaries. Shikhar scored 65 runs in only 35 balls.

Next, inform batsman of Viva, Sachin Solanki walks in and join with Umesh. They both tried to keep the runs moving towards the target and batted very sensibly. Both made a good partnership of 25 runs. Umesh tried to accelerate at deep midwicket & got out by catch Haresh Jadhav bowled by Tejas Trivedi. 

Next 2 batsman of Viva, Akshay Mhapankar & Nilesh got our early. Akshay on 8 runs and Nilesh on 4 runs. Prashant Prindavanar & Tejas Trivedi gives a quick break through to Ajanta and helps Ajanta to bounce back into the game.  Rohil Thakur the next batsman joins with Sachin. Rohils approach was very clear. His intent to go for quick runs and brings Viva soon in the game. And he did it successfully. His quick 23 runs with 3 boundaries and a helpful partnership of 65 runs with Sachin Solanki secured Viva again in a good position. 

At other end calm Sachin Solanki was building his inning very nicely. Was busy in singles, rotating strike all the time. Makarand Patil the hero of the semi finale game joins with Sachin. Once again Makarand charged in his style with 1 tall six & 2 boundaries. But unfortunate he couldn’t continue his fireworks at SRT & got out to Haresh Jadhav on 17 runs in 12 balls. At this stage Viva were on too good position and were required only 21 runs in 27 balls. Which Sachin & Aditya clears very easily.   

Sachin’s patience & smart unbeaten inning of 91 in 112 balls with (6*3 & 4*6) helps Viva Supermarket to lift the championship of Times Shield “E” Division and get promoted into “D” Division for season 2020-21. Viva Successfully chase down the score in 43.5 overs.

Ajanta Pharma Team-Runners up of E Div Times Shield 2019-20
Ajanta Pharma Team-Runners up of E Div Times Shield 2019-20


Runners up of Times Shield “E” Division-Ajanta Pharma Sports Club also get promoted into Times Shield “D” Division for season 2020-21 

Words from Sameer Gawas (Coach of Ajanta Pharma)

It was a wonderful finale of Times Shield & both the teams deserves the right place for the season 2020-21.

Shikhar Thakur and Sachin Solanki
Shikhar Thakur and Sachin Solanki

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