Sourav Ganguly's dry run with the bat continued. After scoring a scratchy 20 runs in the first game, the southpaw today couldn't capitalise on a start and was out for 33 runs against Indian Cements Limited in the 15th All India J.P. Atray Tournament at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, S.A.S. Nagar, on Monday. Indian Cements Limited scored a thrilling four-wicket win on the last ball of the match.
Unlike yesterday, Ganguly showed the signs of vintage self in his brief knock of 33 from 59 balls, which came in 85 minutes.
He perished going for an expansive drive over long on. Ganguly was clearly unhappy with the shot, kicking in air to vent his frustration. Ganguly had played himself in and was looking good for a big knock.
Coming at first down Ganguly was middling the ball well and rotating the strike. His first boundary was an inner edge, but later he delighted the spectators with a delicate late cut and a flick over midwicket, which raced to the boundary like a bullet.
There were some good contributions from the middle order with skipper Rajesh Patha making a strokeful 43 and Tahit Abbas and Abir Lawasa contributing 38 and 32, respectively.
Down the order Pradeep Sahu contributed quickfire 32 from 25 balls. LIC set a target of 244 runs for the loss of six wickets in fifty overs.
In reply, Indian Cements had a shaky start and were down by one wicket with just 18 runs on board. Ganguly, who came in a first change bowler, provided another breakthrough when he caught Prasana plumb in front of wicket. However, Indian Cements innings was held together by opener Arun Kartik, who scored a brilliant 94 off 98 balls, which included 10 fours and one six. He shared a 126-run stand with Suresh Kumar, who was out two short of a well deserved half-century.
Indian Cements were cruising to victory but Ganguly had Suresh caught at mid off by Pradeep Sahu in 36th over.
Though not on full throttle, Sourav sent down nine overs finished with two wickets for 35 runs. His Bengal teammate Ranadeb Bose finished with one wicket for 55 runs in nine overs, which included five wides.
"I am bit rusty as I haven't played cricket for past two and half months, but I am trying to get my rhythm back and that's why I am here to get some match practice," Bose said after the match.
The match ended up to be a thriller with Indian Cements requiring three runs from last over. After playing three dot balls in Rohit Choudhary's last over Vasudeva Das pushed for the singles in the last three to win the match. LIC now have lost both the matches they have played so far. LIC will now play their next match against PCA Colts tomorrow at Sector 16 Cricket Stadium, Chandigarh.
In the second match played at DAV School, Sector 8, Air India defeated Moody ICL by 120 runs.
The match started late due to wet outfield and was reduced to 40 overs. Air India were off to a flying start with their openers Naman Ojha and Susant Marathe put on 89 runs for the first wicket.
Naman Ojha was first to depart. He was stumped by Harpreet Sunny off the bowling of Rajinder Bisht for an aggressive of 49 of 48 balls inclusive of seven boundaries. Susant Marathe was caught by Bipul off the bowling of Rohit for a well compiled 67 of 90 balls inclusive of six fours. Air India managed 236 for the loss of four wickets in 40 overs. Nitin Saini two for 33 was the most successful bowler for Moody ICL. In reply, Moody ICL were bowled out for 116 in 30.5 overs.
In the third match played at Sector-16 Cricket Stadium, MRF defeated MPCA by six wickets in a rain truncated match.
Batting first, MCPA scored 167 runs for the loss of five wickets in 29 overs. MPCA lost four quick wickets with the score reading 87 in 15.2 overs, before southpaw Harpreet Singh and Ramiz Khan got together to stitch a 74-run stand for the fifth wicket.
Replying MRF scored 168 for four in 28.1 overs. Praveen Srivastsan 44 of 54 balls, Ishan Jaggi 31 of 42 balls, Venugopal Rao 35, Ganeshwar Rao 26 not out were the main scorers for MRF.
Brief score: LIC: 244 for 6 in 50 overs (Sourav 33, Tahir Abbas 38,Shivakanth Shukla 30, Rajesh Patha 43, Pradeep Sahu 32, Abir Lawasa 32, bowling: Suresh Kumar 2 for 38, Amarnath 1 for 42, Sree Kumar Nair 1 for 41);
Indian Cements: 245 for 6 (Arun Kartik 94, Suresh Kumar 48, Vasudeva Das 30, S. Sharath 20, bowling: Ranadeb Bose 1 for 55, Sourav Ganguly 2 for 35).