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Rain God help ONGC beat defending champions

With some heroics from the lower middle order batsmen Saurabh Kumar and Munaf Patel ONGC reached a competitive target of 184, reports Ashutosh Sharma.

india Updated: Sep 25, 2008 22:31 IST

ONGC defeated last years runners-up State bank of Mysore by eight runs on Duckworth-Lewis basis in the rain marred opening match of the 15th All India J.P. Atray Tournament at Sector 16 Cricket Stadium, on Wednesday.

Calling correctly, ONGC skipper Gagan Khoda decided to bat first. ONGC had a shaky start to their innings as they lost their opening batsmen Radhey Shyam for individual score of one with just 18 runs on board. Shyam was snapped up neatly by wicketkeeper Tilak Nayudu off the bowling of Chetan Williams.

Skipper Gagan Khoda then joined Sandeep Sharma at the crease and duo raised a 45-run partnership before Khoda was out for 17 runs. Khoda holed out to S.P. Manjunath off the bowling of left arm spinner Nurudeen. His innings contained two fours.

Sandeep Sharma who was hitting the ball neatly continued to play shots to all part of the grounds but fell seven short of a well deserved half-century when he was foxed by left arm spinner Anmol Katti.

Former Indian wicketkeeper Ajay Ratra was then joined by Rizwan Shamshad and duo brought up 100 runs for the team before rain stopped the play.

The match restarted after one hour and was reduced to 44 overs aside.

Ratra who was playing intelligently shared a fruitful 45-run stand with Mohammad Saif before Williams induced an edge, which was neatly gloved by Naidu. Ratra was out on 45, which contained four boundaries. The scoreboard read 146 for five.

B. Akhil who had been toiling hard had Saif caught by Shoib for a well-made 31 off 52 balls and ONGC were reduced to 146 for the loss of six wickets.

Williams returned the impressive figures of 4 for 42 off 8 overs and won the man of the match award.

With some heroics from the lower middle order batsmen Saurabh Kumar and Munaf Patel ONGC reached a competitive target of 184 for the loss of eight wickets in 44 overs.

State bank of Mysore started their innings and were given a revised target of 191 runs on the basis of D/L method.

State Bank of Mysore started the chase in emphatic manner with both openers M.K. Manjunath and Shoib Manager raising a 50-run partnership for the opening wicket. M.K. Manjunath was first to depart caught by Munaf Patel off the bowling of Parminder Awana for a strokeful 31 of 44 balls, which included four boundaries.

Munaf Patel who opened the bowling for ONGC conceded 18 runs of 5 overs without any success. State bank of Mysore lost the second wicket on the score of 64 when K.N. Ramesh was cleaned up by Vikramjit Malik for 13. Thereafter a loss of one more wicket in the shape of opener Shoib Manager for 25 and the subsequent stoppage of play cost State Bank of Mysore the match by 8 runs on D.L. basis. Mysore required 83 runs on the board if they were to win after 21 overs with the loss of three wickets instead they had managed 74 for the loss of three wickets when bad light and rain stopped the play. UT advisor Pardeep Mehra was the chief guest and gave away the man of the match award to Chetan Williams.

Brief scores: ONGC: 184 for 8 in 44 overs (Sandeep Sharma 43, Ajay Ratra 45, Mohd Saif 31, C. Williams 4 for 42, Anand Katti 2 for 28, B. Akhil 1 for 35, Nurudeen 1 for 29); State Bank of Mysore: 74 for 3 in 21 overs (M.K. Manjunath 31, Shoib Manager 25, K.N. Ramesh 13, Parvinder Amana 1 for 24, Vikramjit Malik 1 for 24, Saurabh Kumar 1 for 6).