Aditya guides Bhopal into final
BHOPAL FOUGHT back heroically to register a surprise 51-run win over Gwalior on Friday in the three-day semifinal match of the A W Kanmadikar Trophy Cricket Tournament for under-15 boys that concluded at Bab-e-Aali Stadium. Bhopal skipper Aditya Shrivastava scored a crucial 85 in the second innings and scalped six wickets also.Updated: Jan 06, 2007 02:00 IST
BHOPAL FOUGHT back heroically to register a surprise 51-run win over Gwalior on Friday in the three-day semifinal match of the A W Kanmadikar Trophy Cricket Tournament for under-15 boys that concluded at Bab-e-Aali Stadium. Bhopal skipper Aditya Shrivastava scored a crucial 85 in the second innings and scalped six wickets also.
Bhopal scored 142 in the first innings and Gwalior replied with 272. Bhopal boys fared better in the second inning and hit up 289, setting a target of 160 for Gwalior. They then shot out the visitors for 108.
The last day of the match was full of drama. Bhopal, who had conceded a 130-run lead in the first innings, bounced back in the second innings. Resuming at the overnight score of 119 skipper Aditya Shrivastava and Nitin Guru started the innings cautiously. Aditya, who was uncomfortable in the first innings, looked confident in the second knock.
His excellent temperament could be gauged from the fact that he faced 162 deliveries in scoring 85 runs. His highest individual score for the team in the second innings was studded with 14 boundaries. Playing the captain’s knock, he took the score past 200 runs mark. The middle order of Bhopal triumph over their weakness and played responsibly.
Amir and Abhishek were the other major contributors to the total. They added 36 and 30 to the total. Good batting performance helped Bhopal scoring 289 runs. With this score Bhopal set 160-run target for the visitors in 40 overs.
Vikram once again emerged as the most successful bowler for Gwalior. He scalped four wickets.
Chasing the target, Gwalior fell short by 51 run because of Bhopal’s attacking strategy. Aditya Shrivastava shone with ball also.
He scalped six wickets. His all-round brilliance made Bhopal winner by 51 runs. Zaid Khan claimed four wickets. BDCA vice-president Aruneshwar Singhdeo, secretary Dr Shafquat Mohammad Khan, Hamidulah Khan ‘Mamu’, C S Dhakad, Junaid Kidwai, Iqbal Yahya, Shahwar Khan, Syed Shakeel Mohammad and others congratulated the team.
I told them not to give up: Coach
EARLY IN the morning Bhopal team’s coach J P Tyagi looked quiet and tense, as the Bhopal had to defend the title. “I had confidence on the boys but I was a little tense too. I told them to not give up in any part of the match. They did that and won a thriller”, said Tyagi. Tyagi congratulated the players. About the preparation for the final he quipped, “We will repeat the history”.