INDORE DIVISION has entered the final of the Master Builder Madhavrao Scindia Inter-Divisional One Day Cricket sponsored by JP Cement Rewa. Brilliant batting by Shadab Khan and accurate bowling by Rajesh Kanojiya contributed to the Indore division win over Bilaspur division by 38 runs at the match played at Usha Raje Cricket grounds on Tuesday.
Indore Division skipper Abbas Ali won the toss and opted to bat first. Host had a bad start and lost their openers for 23 runs.
Naman Ojha, who had scored a brilliant century at the Raipur match, was the first to lose his wicket. He scored 17 off 32 balls with three boundaries before O P Yadav took his wicket at the team score of 23 runs.
Soon Indore got another jolt when Amit Paul was back in the dressing room for a mere 12 runs scored off 18 balls with two hits to the fence.Ranji discard Sachin Dholpure was back in the pavilion before opening his account. Bilaspur’s Amit Mishra showed his class by getting both the wickets. He was moving the ball well to put the host batsmen on back foot.
Ever-consistent Shadab Khan and skipper Abbas Ali started consolidating their innings by playing cautiously as their team lost their top three batsmen for 33 runs.
Shadab, who was getting tips from his skipper Abbas Ali from the other end, was playing confidently. Abbas too batted well and started accelerating their run rate. Amit Mishra bowled well to trouble both the batsmen. Shadab completed his 50 off 84 balls with six hits to the fence and Abbas missed his 50 by three runs and lost his wicket scoring 47 off 61 deliveries.
Both the batsmen added 115 runs for the fourth wicket partnership. After the departure of Abbas Ali, Rahul Bakshi and Shadab took the score to 172 adding a useful 24 runs when well-set batsman Shadab was out scoring 64 off 105 balls with seven hits to the fence.
Rahul Bakshi scored brisk 27 in 24 balls with two boundaries and rest of the batsmen failed to rise to the occasion and the team could score 226/9 in the allotted 50 overs.
Amit Mishra took six wickets for 39 runs in his allotted 10 overs of which two were maidens and showed his performance before the selectors —MPCA secretary Sanjay Jagdale and Ranji selection committee chairman Sanjeev Rao — who were present on Tuesday.
Chasing the target of 227, Bilaspur openers started with a bang and stunned the medium fast bowlers of the hosts who failed to bowl accurately and helped the openers Santhosh Das and Abhishek Singh score freely.
In the first over, they scored 12 runs. Bilaspur reached 70 runs in just 11 overs. Sunil Dholpure got a break when he sent Abhishek caught by Anand Rajan at his individual score of 22 with three boundaries.
Hosts’ skipper brought spinner from the pavilion end and Ambalal Patidar packed Shushant Shukla for just two runs when the batsman went for the sweep and was plumb in front of the wicket.
Bilaspur skipper joined Santosh Das, in a mix-up was run out, when the batsman was going strong. He scored 45 runs in 57 balls with seven boundaries and that was the beginning of the end as Bilaspur lost their top four batsmen for 124 from 78/0.
After the fall of top order batsmen, Bilaspur division failed to come back in the game and lost wickets at regular intervals as Indore division fielders showed their class in fielding which helped them to pack Bilaspur batsmen by run outs.
Amit Mishra after a brilliant spell showed his class in batting and swung his bat to score an unbeaten 34 in 27 balls with six boundaries and one huge six. Bilaspur lost the match by 38 runs.