A BRILLIANT 181 runs by Rohan Shrivatsav and a classic unbeaten 59 runs by Ankur Palanpure helped host Indore Division to pile up a huge total of 332/7 against Sagar division in the final of the U-19 cricket tournament for Hiralal Gaikwad Trophy played at Usha Raje Cricket grounds on Wednesday.
Indore Division captain Himalay Sagar won the toss and opted to bat first. It was a bad start for the host team as their skipper was back in the dressing room after facing just five balls. Vishal bowled a beauty, which came inside to topple the bails to sent Himalay at the score of two.
Indore Division was on the back foot as they had lost their top three wickets for mere 35 runs. Sourabh Shinde and Rohan played well and took the score to 134 when Sourabh lost his wicket after scoring a patient 44 with eight boundaries.
Rohan Shrivatsav on the other end played sensibly and was a mute spectator as his teammates lost their wickets at regular intervals.
He completed his 50 in 64 balls with 10 hits to the ropes. Ankur Palanpure gave a good stand and both carried the Indore innings to safety.
They never allowed the opponent bowlers to take command over them and batted like champions. Sagar Division, since last four years, is winner of the coveted Gaikwad Trophy.
In the morning, Sagar bowlers proved Himalay Sagar’s decision wrong but Rohan and Ankur saved the innings.Rohan completed his ton with 17 boundaries and a six in 142 balls to get praise from the crowd and the selectors who were watching the final.
Rohan was unlucky not to complete his coveted 200 and was back in the dressing room after scoring a classic 181 runs in 234 balls with 28 boundaries and three sixes. Rohan and Ankur added 152 runs for the fifth wicket partnership.
After the fall of well-set Rohan Shrivatsav, Indore lost two early wickets, while Ankur completed his 50 in 126 balls with five boundaries. At the end of day’s play, Indore Division were in the driver’s seat at 332/7 with Ankur Palanpure going strong at 59 with seven boundaries and Amit Joshi at 13 with two boundaries.
Sagar medium pacers Pankaj Rao and Vishal Kushwah bowled well to put Indore on the back foot in the first session of the play but Rohan and Ankur bailed out their team to safety. Pankaj Rao took 3/79 while Vishal Kushwah took 2/81.