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U-16 inter-club cricket: Poor performance drives City International School out of knockout stage

Low target of 81 runs gave no pressure to Cricket Next Academy to finish the game in just 11.2 overs with a loss of 4 wickets

pune Updated: May 15, 2019 16:52 IST
Manzoor Ahmad
Manzoor Ahmad
Hindustan Times, Pune
Sujal Dhawade of City International School bowled by Varun Jamvar of Cricket New Academy during the under-16 inter-club cricket tournament at Katariya high school ground, on Tuesday.(RAVINDRA JOSHI/HT PHOTO)

City International School (CIS) played a poor game and lost their last chance to qualify for the knockout stage of the Captain Shivrampant Vishnu Damle trophy under-16 inter-club cricket tournament at the Katariya high school ground, Mukundnagar on Tuesday. The team was beaten by Cricket Next Academy (CNA) by 6 wickets.

CNA won the toss and elected to field first which proved to be a good decision. Batting first, the CIS team lost their wickets in quick succession. Aditya Ingale’s knock of 22 of 22 and Anuj Iramani 18 runs of 29 balls made the team to reach a total of 80 runs in 18.2 overs.

CIS’s first boundary came in the 4th over and the 6-over powerplay ended only 16 runs for 3 wickets. For CNA, Varun Jhamvar (4-1-21-3) and Soham Dhumal (3.2-0-17-3) bowled an excellent spell which helped their team to get six wickets of CIS and check the run rate.

Chasing the target of 81, CNA’s opener Manish Shegunshi played a quick inning of 24 runs in 16 balls before getting dismissed by Aryan Kurulka with a total score of 35 runs for the team. It was a top knock from the skipper of CNA, Nimir Joshi who handled the game by rotating the strike and hitting loose deliveries to take his score to 25 not-out in 27 balls and making the game easy to win.

Coach CIS, Yogesh Tarde, said the batting order failed to score a big partnership due to which team’s morale was down. This was the last chance to remain in the tournament, but unfortunately could not make it, he said. Coach CNA, Mayur Makar said that the team is capable to win the title as the team performance is good.

First Published: May 15, 2019 16:51 IST