PDCA cricket: Jai Hind high school score one-sided win

The match saw 66 extras and its overs reduced to 17 per side due to slow over rate in the first innings by Vidya Bhavan bowlers during the under-14 Kohinoor PDCA cricket tournament at Law College ground on Friday.
Pushkar Karkhile from Jai Hind High School in action against Vidya Bhavan School during PDCA U-14 inter school cricket tournament at Law college ground in Pune, India, on Friday, February 14, 2020.(Milind Saurkar/HT Photo)
Pushkar Karkhile from Jai Hind High School in action against Vidya Bhavan School during PDCA U-14 inter school cricket tournament at Law college ground in Pune, India, on Friday, February 14, 2020.(Milind Saurkar/HT Photo)
Updated on Feb 15, 2020 04:17 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Pune | ByJigar Hindocha, Pune

Though Jai Hind high school beat Vidya Bhavan high school by 70 runs in the group B league match, the team has nothing much to cheer about as it gave away 38 extras.

The match saw 66 extras and its overs reduced to 17 per side due to slow over rate in the first innings by Vidya Bhavan bowlers during the under-14 Kohinoor PDCA cricket tournament at Law College ground on Friday.

According to rules of Pune District Cricket Association (PDCA) league, a team has to finish bowling 20 overs in 90 minutes.

“We were good with batting, but fielding and bowling were big disappointments. Although we won the match, there is a lot of scope for improvement,” said Pushkar Karkhile of Jai Hind high school who scored a quick-fire 53 of 29 to get the man of the match award.

From 21 for one in 2.1 overs, Karkhile and Om Vadaraikar (21) build up a 74-run partnership for the second wicket and set the tone of the match.

“It should have been a big partnership, but a communication mistake cost my run-out, otherwise we could have added at least 30 more runs on the board,” said Vadaraikar.

Coming at number 6, Aniket Kuduk also contributed 22 runs in 12 balls for Jai Hind.

Vidya Bhavan high school batsmen could not keep going as wickets kept falling at regular intervals.

Shaurya Yadav was the top scorer for Vidya Bhavan with 28 runs.

“Chasing 174 put pressure on us. If the score was 150, our batsmen could had played freely. First bowling let us down and then batting. It was a very bad day for us,” said Vedant Nimhan, captain of Vidya Bhavan high school.

Aditi Joshi and Atharva Choudhari took two wickets each giving away 25 runs in four overs and 24 runs in three overs respectively.

Dropped catches in Aditi’s third and fourth overs added to the team’s debacle.


Pushkar Karkhile, Jai Hind high school

Disciplined bowling is a must in the next match or else it could backfire.

Vedant Nimhan, Vidya Bhavan high school

We have two more matches in the league stage and can still qualify for the next stage.

Brief scores: Jai Hind high school 174 for 4 in 17 overs (Pushkar Karkhile 53 (29b), Aniket Kuduk 22 (12b), Shubham Jadhav (37/1) beat Vidya Bhavan school 104 for 8 in 17 overs (Shaurya Yadav 28 (49b), Shreyash Bobde 10 (11b), Aditi Joshi 2/25)

21 boys versus 1 girl: Aditi Joshi wants to bowl like Shane Warne

Pune: Jai Hind high school walks to take the field after setting up target of 174 runs for the loss of four wickets in 17 overs – one will notice a girl comes along with them and take her field position at mid-off during the PDCA under-14 Kohinoor PDCA cricket tournament at Law College, ground on Friday.

Spectators who follows local cricket tournaments will explain “Pune District Cricket Association allows girls to take part in tournaments”.

Inning continues. Aditi is seen giving tips to bowlers and her athleticism was impressive on the ground.

Coach of Jai Hind School, Chetan Chauhan said, “She (Aditi) is very talented – and once she starts getting turn from the pitch, she is hard to play on.”

Aditi comes to bowl in the seventh over. She rolls up sleeve, takes a four-step run-up and begins with two wide balls. Her first legal ball beats Shubham Jadhav. Her second delivery leads to a run-out because of miscommunication between Jadhav and Pushkar Maratkar.

In the next four balls, Aditi was trying to give more flight to ball due to which some deliveries were full toss and ended as boundaries.

No worries, no worries Aditi, good bowling, keep bowling is the chorus from her teammates to cheer her up.

Disappointed with her first over, Aditi was back in action in the ninth over where she was more accurate with her flighted deliveries and it gave her wicket on the fifth ball when Shubham Jadhav misjudged the ball which was slow in the air and he ended giving catch to point fielder. Aditi ends her second over giving away just one run

Joy erupted between Jai Hind school players as opponents were five wickets down on 60 runs and match was almost in the hand.

“I was trying tossing the ball up front and that’s why a few balls were full toss,” said right arm leg spinner Aditi who trains at Vengsarkar Cricket Academy, Thergaon.

Did you enjoy playing with boys – Aditi replies, “Yes, it is fun. It makes you stronger while playing and facing boys. I hope to see more girls taking part in such tournaments. All tournaments do not allow girls participation.”

Grown up watching Shane Warne’s ‘Ball of the century’ videos, Aditi chuckles while talking about the Australian legend.

“He (Warne) is best and above all. Nothing can beat him. I also like Poonam Yadav (right arm leg break bowler from India),” explains 14-year-old Aditi.

Jai Hind School won the match by 70 runs in the end, but Aditi feels margin could have been bigger.

“We bowled too many extras otherwise we could had wrapped it up early,” said Aditi, whose team conceded 38 extras including 34 wides, 3 no balls and 1 byes.

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