BILASPUR made an entry with a bang in the sixth Manish Agnihotri memorial all India cricket tournament. The team registered a ten-wicket win over Nagpur at Old Campion Grounds in the City on Wednesday.
Led by an inspired showing by medium pace bowler Amit Mishra, the Bilaspur team bundled out Nagpur team for just 125 in 37 overs and achieved the target in just 16.2 overs without losing wicket.
Apurva Bhandari led the run chase with a brisk innings of 77 runs off 63 deliveries. Earlier, Nagpur team won the toss and elected to bat first. Granting the wicket was not a 300-pitch still Nagpur's start was a shamble on a wicket that wasn't the horror story.
The wickets of Nagpur team fell in quick succession. The combination of Kranti and Amit Mishra gave no opportunity to the opponent to even liberally score one and twos.
Such was the domination of bowlers that the Nagpur team lost their eight wickets for just 72 runs. Thanks to the useful partnership between Nitin and Sushil for the ninth wicket that the team managed to touch the 100 run mark. Nitin scored highest 33 runs while Sushil supported the team by scoring 21 runs.
Apart from fine bowling, the team was outstanding in fielding too. There three run outs and six batsmen lost their wickets by putting the ball into the hands of the fielders. The fine bowling and fielding restricted Nagpur to just 125 runs in 37 overs.
Amit Mishra scalped three wickets and Kranti claimed two wickets. Chasing a small target, the opening pair Apurva Bhandari and Vivek of Bilaspur was in hurry to finish things off.
The blistery 77 (15X4) off 63 deliveries entertained the spectators despite being a small total on the board. Vivek scored 37 runs. Bilaspur team reached the required target in 16.2 overs without losing the wicket.
Apurva Bhandari was declared man of the match. Former sports minister Mukesh Nayak gave away the man of the match trophy to Apurva.