Prabhjot scripts PSEB win
OUTSTANDING BATTING by Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) took the team to a convincing six-wicket victory over Indore Division in the inaugural match of the 31st Udai-Iftekhar Memorial All India Cricket Tournament that began today at Bab-e-Aali Stadium. PSEB’s Prabhjot Singh was declared Man of the Match for his dazzling century.
In presence of a good gathering, Ranji star-studded Indore Division won the toss and opted to bat first. But the loss of important wicket of Shaan-e-Alam in the second over of the match put pressure on the team.
However, one down Amit Pal and opener Sachin Dholpure were unfazed. They played responsibly and collected runs by regularly rotating the strike and at a good clip. Their batting was entertaining and without any mistake.
Sachin, who played with the strategy of stealing ones and twos, however, was not lucky as he missed in scoring his first century.
He lost his wicket at his individual score of 83 that included two sixes and nine boundaries. Amit scored 61. With the help of good batting by the two batsmen, Indore managed to score 251 runs for the loss of six wickets. Shadab Khan contributed 42 runs.
Chasing the target with an asking run rate of more than six runs per over, Prabhjot and Tikku made the target look small. Such was the ruthless batting by the two batsmen that PSEB scored 184 runs in just 20 overs. The entertaining innings of Prabhjot could be gauged from the fact that his 100 runs innings was studded with 17 boundaries and two sixes. Sukhvinder scored 58.
Though Indore Division skipper Rishi tried to bring back the team in the match by claiming two wickets in two overs but a good start by the gutsy batsmen made the target approachable. PSEB won the match by six wickets. SP Anant Kumar Singh awarded Prabhjot with the Man of the Match trophy.
Earlier, the tournament began after a colourful ceremony organised at the stadium. Chief guest of the opening ceremony, BJP State president Satyanarayan Jatia, appreciated the organisers for giving a new look to the stadium. “The stadium full of green grass made the tournament more exciting”, said Jatia.
Speaking on the occasion, secretary BDCA Dr Shafquat Mohammad Khan called upon the administration to give importance against the encroachment at the stadium. Special guest Minister Environment Jayant Malaiya assured every possible help for the stadium.
BDCA chairman Dhruv Narayan Singh, BDCA vice-president Aruneshwar Singhdeo, organising secretary Rajat Mohan Verma, organising committee president Hamidullah Khan ‘Mamu’, director Udai Sports, Cultural, Social and Educational Society Vijesh Lunawat, Uttam Thakur and others were present.
Match on Tuesday
Baroda XI vs Irani Club
Munis goes wicketless
SUCH WAS the brilliant batting by PSEB batsmen that even promising speedster Munis Ansari, known for his bowling at a speed in the excess of 140 km per hour, failed to check them. The struggle of Munis could be gauged from the fact that his eight-over spell cost 57 runs without any wicket, though admittedly the wicket is a sleeper and gave no assistance to bowlers. “Fast bowling alone is not sufficient.
Munis would have to have control over line, length and movement also”, said a veteran cricketer present at the stadium. However, those watching him for the first time were impressed by the Sehore boy’s built, his easy and smooth run-up and of course his speed.