SAGAR TEAM took an important 112 run lead against Bhopal on the second day of the semifinal match being organised under the Maj. MM Jagdale Trophy inter division cricket tournament at Maj. Dhyanchand grounds on Thursday.
Second day witnessed the fall of 14 wickets. Defending champion Bhopal demonstrated irresponsible cricket while replying to Sagar’s small total of 166 runs in the first innings. Bhopal resumed at the overnight score of 57 runs for the loss of two wickets and commenced innings cautiously.
Shreyas Singh lost his wicket on an undeserving delivery by Krishnakant. At the individual score of 23 runs, Krishnakant bowled him out.
His exit sent team into problem, as the middle order collapsed like ninepins. The irresponsible batting of Bhopal could be gauged from the fact that team lost seven wickets while adding just 68 runs. Such was the struggle of the middle order, including skipper Abhishek Singh, Saurabh Khadse and Gaurav Talreja, that they contributed just one, four and zero respectively to the total.
Six batsmen failed to even reach the double figures. Thanks to invaluable 15 runs by the lower order batsman Samay Shrivastava the team managed to past 150 runs. Harprit Singh of Sagar bowled splendidly and scalped five wickets. Krishnakant claimed three wickets. Sagar started second innings with a small but important lead of 14 runs. The story was same for visitors as the team lost upper order cheaply.
At the end of the day, Sagar had scored 92 runs for the loss of six wickets. Friday will be the last day of the match.