Scindia Cricket: SMCA register first victory
ST MICHAEL'S Cricket Academy (SMCA) today defeated Ankur Academy in the rain-interrupted match under the first Shrimant Madhavrao Scindia Memorial Cricket Tournament being organised at Bab-e-Aali Stadium in Bhopal.
The tournament that yesterday witnessed a major upset when Sehore Cricket Club thumped Iftekhar Cricket Academy (ICA) today saw SMCA, the leading team of the City, winning their tie through toss of the coin when the sudden rain stopped the match.
Earlier, SMCA that suffered an unexpected defeat in the Udai-Iftekhar tournament, played according to the expectations against traditional rival Ankur Academy.
SMCA skipper Pervezullah won the toss and elected to bat first. It was an easy decision for him, as the wicket is increasingly favouring batsmen. His decision proved right when SMCA managed to pile 281 runs in the stipulated 40 overs for the loss of all wickets.
Skipper Pervezullah and gusty Sameer Qureshi returned to their form. Batting with confidence they did not spare any bad delivery and entertained the viewers with their powerful shots. Studded with two powerful sixes and seven boundaries, Pervezullah scored 60 off 50 deliveries. Sameer scored 51.
Shreyash Singh claimed highest three wickets, while Salman and Deepak captured two wickets each. Ankur team, however, disappointed the gathering while chasing the target. Losing five wickets for just 96 runs in 35.2 overs, the team was on its way to almost certain defeat when the sudden rain and hailstorm stopped the match. But the toss favoured the team that deserved to win and SMCA won the toss and the match.
Secretary of Rajiv Gandhi Physical Education College Sajid Ali awarded Man of the Match trophy to Sameer Qureshi. On this occasion, Organising Committee president Asmat Siddique, SMCA coach Syed Shakeel Mohammad, Anwar Usmani and others were present.
The organising committee president Asmat Siddique has informed that BCCI vice president Rajiv Shukla and Congress MP Jyotiraditya Scindia would be invited for the closing ceremony of the first Shrimant Madhavrao Scindia Memorial Cricket Tournament.
Match on Tuesday: All Saint's College vs. Arera Club.
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