AN OUTSTANDING left arm spin attack put Bhopal in a strong position against Jabalpur at the end of the first day’s play in the AW Kanmadikar Under-15 Inter-Division Cricket Tournament being played on Old Campion Grounds here on Monday.
After losing the toss, Bhopal was invited to field. The opening pair of Santosh Yadav and Sachin Verma started the innings for Jabalpur with precaution.
With the seamers failing to provide a breakthrough, Bhopal skipper Shreyas Singh brought in the spinners from both ends. A change in attack paid dividends and Deepesh scalped Santosh Yadav with the Jabalpur scorecard reading 21 runs. This was the beginning of the end for visitors as the team collapsed at 136 runs.
Eight batsmen fell to the lethal spin attack of Deepesh Singh, Usman and Zaid Mohammad Khan. Zaid was the most impressive of the lot as he took four wickets including a stunning catch off his own delivery. Deepesh claimed three while Usman scalped one.
After restricting the visitors to a meagre 136 runs, Bhopal dominated the batting too. Openers Shivam Chaube and Vikrant Singh played exceptionally well.
The duo scored 60 runs without losing their wickets. At stumps, Shivam was batting on 34 while Vikrant was not out on 22 runs.
Earlier, BDCA President Dhruvnarayan Singh inaugurated the tournament. Secretary Dr Shafquat Mohammad Khan presided over the function.
BDCA Vice-President Aruneshwar Singhdeo, joint secretary Hamidullah Khan ‘Mamu’, C S Dhakad, Rajiv Saxena, Dr Sushil Singh and others were present on the occasion.
Tyagi: Lads need improvement
IT WAS a testing time for Bhopal coach J P Tyagi. He never relaxed during the match and instructed players all along the day from outside. On being asked about the performance, he said the team played as expected. However, the lads need improvement in fielding as they missed three stumping chances and four catches in the outfield.