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Mumbai, Pune in semifinals

MUMBAI AND Pune have entered the semifinals of the All India Inter-Zone Cricket Tournament-2006 organised by Bank of India, Indore Region, at Yeshwant Club and Emerald Heights International School today.

india Updated: Jan 05, 2006 12:05 IST

MUMBAI AND Pune have entered the semifinals of the All India Inter-Zone Cricket Tournament-2006 organised by Bank of India, Indore Region, at Yeshwant Club and Emerald Heights International School today.

In the first match at Yeshwant Club ground, Mumbai won the toss against Kolkata and elected to bat first. Impressive batting by Shrikant Pednekar and Sameer Apte helped their team to score 233/7 in the allotted 40 overs.

Shrikant Pednekar batted well to score a classy 59 off 61 balls with six fours and two sixes while Sameer Apte gave him good support by hammering 45 in just 39 balls with six fours and one six. Shekar Bare scored a useful 35 in 51 balls with three fours. Kalla Das took two wickets for 51 runs for the Kolkata team.

Chasing a total of 234, the Kolkata batsmen failed miserably and were skittled out by Vinit Sarang and Alex Menezes for a meager 102. Kolkata lost by a huge margin of 131 runs. Vinit grabbed four wickets for 22 in eight overs while Alex captured three wickets for just 15 runs in six overs to help Mumbai to sail into the semifinal.

Satyen Bhattacharya was the only batsman to resist the opposition attack scoring a brisk 31 off 30 balls with five hits to the fence while Pratap Senapati swung his bat to score 20 in 26 balls with one four and one huge six.

Pune rout Chennai
In the second match between Pune and Chennai, a hurricane unbeaten century by Shyam Oak off only 79 balls with 12 fours and one six and an equally speedy 94 by Mangesh Vaidya off 92 balls (12x4) and devasting spells by Anil Walekar (4/10) and Shrikant Jhadhav (4/13) of Pune routed a weak Chennai team by 209 to enter the last four stage.

Batting first, Pune piled up a huge total of 263 for 5 in 40 overs. Shyam Oak and Mangesh Vaidya made merry of an innocuous Chennai attack to score freely. Both the batsmen had good batting practice for their semifinal match. It was a one-sided match as Chennai team was bundled out for 54 in 26 overs.

First Published: Jan 05, 2006 12:05 IST