Nagpur, Mumbai enter BoI cricket final
A BRILLIANT century by Paresh Sutane and tight bowling by Praveen Hingnikar and Umesh Shastri helped Nagpur to take revenge against former champions Gujarat in the first semifinal. Last year Gujarat had defeated Nagpur to enter the final in the Bank of India, all India zonal cricket tournament at Yeshwant Club today.Updated: Jan 07, 2006 21:04 IST
A BRILLIANT century by Paresh Sutane and tight bowling by Praveen Hingnikar and Umesh Shastri helped Nagpur to take revenge against former champions Gujarat in the first semifinal. Last year Gujarat had defeated Nagpur to enter the final in the Bank of India, all India zonal cricket tournament at Yeshwant Club today.
In the second semifinal, Mumbai exhibited its superiority in defeating Pune by 46 runs at Emerald Heights Schools to enter the final.
In the first semifinal, Gujarat batting first failed to reproduce its excellent showing against host Madhya Pradesh on Wednesday. Everyone expected that it would be a exciting clash but to everyone’s surprise the Gujarat batsmen failed miserably against the guile of Praveen Hingnikar and Umesh Shastry who captured three wickets each for 31 and 24 runs respectively to help their team skittle out their opponents Gujarat for 172 in 37.4 overs.
Bipin Pujara was going strong but at a crucial time he was caught for a well made 61 in 78 balls with six hits to the fence. The other batsman who shone to some extent was Bhavin Mehta scoring 36 runs off 44 balls with three hits to the fence and one six.
Chasing the low target of 173, Nagpur did not face any difficulty in surpassing the target helped by Rakesh Sutane classic ton. Rakesh batted brilliantly punishing the Gujarat attack mercilessly. In his unbeaten innings he belted 14 elegant boundaries and one huge six.
Sutane single-handedly took his team to the final to avenge last year’s defeat against the same team in the semifinal. Opener Vinod Gogate scored 23 to help Nagpur win the match by six wickets. In the second semifinals played at Emerald Heights International School, Mumbai had no difficulty in defeating Pune by 46 runs.
Batting first, Mumbai scored 195 for 7 in the allotted 40 overs. Apte scored 39 off 47 balls with three fours and Jayesh Dadarkar scored 36 in 52 balls with three fours. Kedar Bhave bowled well to capture three wickets for 22 while Anil Walekar took two wickets for 32 runs.
Chasing a target of 196, the Pune batsmen failed to reach the target and were all out for 149 in 38.3 overs. Mangesh Vaidhya batted well to score 59 off 97 balls with three fours while the centurion of the previous match Shyam Oak scored 42 in 66 balls with five fours.
The rest of the batsmen failed to click against the accurate bowling of Ajay Wantekar who made opponent batsmen dance to his tune to capture five wickets conceding just 27 runs in 7.3 overs while at the other end Alex Menezes took two wickets for 23 runs to help their team enter the final.
In the finals, Nagpur would clash against Mumbai at Yeshwant Club grounds. Indore district Collector Vivek Aggarwal would be the chief guest while Bank of India, zonal manager R C Khurana and Bhopal zonal manager J N Patil would preside over the function at the prize distribution ceremony.