ANKUR ACADEMY defeated Irani Club by four wickets on Saturday in the All India Mayank Chaturvedi Memorial Cricket Tournament being organised at Old Campion grounds.
Playing in their second match, Irani Club disappointed the supporters. They won the toss and decided to bat first. But the move backfired.
Abid Ali, ‘HT Man of the Match’ in the first tie, failed to negotiate the disciplined bowling by the Ankur Academy bowlers. He was claimed by Abhishek Singh at the team’s score of just two runs.
Irani Club lost two more wickets in quick succession. The third wicket fell at 46. When the team was struggling to score, Zakir Ali scored a whirlwind 58 off just 50 deliveries. Except him, the other batsmen could not apply themselves against the swinging red cherry. Anupam Gupta briefly attempted to resist the bowling attack but lost his wicket after scoring 35 runs.
The team that had scored 296 in the first match was all out for a small total of 154 runs. Spinner Aditya Shrivastava scalped four important wickets of Irani Club. Abhishek Singh claimed three wickets. Skipper Amarjeet Singh took two wickets.
Chasing the target, Ankur Academy lost their openers cheaply. But Aditya Shrivastava and Vinod Halbe played responsibly and added 22 and 39 runs to the total.
Abhay Goswami contributed 37 runs. However, their departure created a few problems in the final overs, as the team lost two wickets in quick succession. But Abhishek Singh and J P Tyagi led the team to victory by four wickets. Chief guest of the man of the match presentation ceremony, Union Bank of India General Manager R Vijayendra presented ‘HT Man of the Match’ trophy to Aditya Shrivastava. BDCA vice-president Aruneshwar Singhdeo, Sushil Singh and others were present.
Coach takes guard
ANKUR ACADEMY coach J P Tyagi surprised the gathering when he himself decided to play the match. “The objective of playing in the match was to motivate the players”, said Tyagi. He further said that he could learn the mistakes of the players while playing with them. “I will now be able to sort out the mistakes of my players”, said Tyagi. He took a wicket and scored unbeaten 8 runs.
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