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Report: DDCA vs Bengal, Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, 2014

Bowlers help Delhi to comprehensive win

Delhi won their low-scoring Group B match against Bengal by seven wickets at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. In the T20 Super League for the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, Delhi outplayed Bengal to clinch victory with six balls to spare. After the bowlers put them in a commanding position by restricting the opposition to 119, the Delhi batsmen attained the target comfortably. Mohit Sharma’s 41, and Yogesh Nagar’s 20 off 11 balls later in the innings, helped the team from North Zone reach the target.

Earlier, electing to field first, Delhi restricted Bengal to 119 for eight. Sumit Narwal castled Abhijit Das to give Delhi their first breakthrough, in the fourth over, leaving Bengal on 26 for one. Vivek Singh edged Javed Khan to the wicketkeeper six runs later. Shreevats Goswami then held the innings together with a 38-ball 45. The rest of the line-up struggled to put runs on the board and were sent back for paltry individual scores as the Delhi bowlers toiled and claimed regular wickets.

30 runs later, Sandipan Das was caught by Javed Khan at long-on while going for a big hit off Kshitiz Sharma in the 11th over. Wickets then came in quick succession for Delhi. Varun Sood, who sent back A Nandi, also claimed Sanjib Sanyal, while Sumit Narwal accounted for Avilin Gosh. Meanwhile, Goswami stoically looked to add to the total and managed to take the team to 109, before getting run out in the 18th over.
Saurashish Lahiri followed him back two balls later. Eight runs were added by Sourav Mondal and Sayan Gosh in the remaining 13 balls.

Chasing the subpar total, Punit Bisht perished with Delhi on 10 runs, in the second over. Mohit Sharma and Samarth Singh plodded towards the target taking their team to 54 halfway through the innings.

The pair continued to compile runs at a steady pace. Scoring ones and twos, they were inching toward the target comfortably. With a 76-run partnership, they had taken Delhi to 86, when Mohit departed taking the aerial route off Mondol. Then, Samarth’s mistimed pull off the next delivery was caught at short midwicket. With Mohit out on 41 and Samarth back in the dugout for 39, Yogesh Nagar and Jagrit Anand came together to carry innings forward with five overs left.

As the pair trudged forward, Delhi needed 15 off 12 balls. Nagar and Anand claimed twos and then the former smashed S Ghosh over deep midwicket for a six to take the team within two runs of victory. He hit the bowler for a boundary over midwicket to finish off the match. 

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Report: DDCA vs Baroda, Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, 2014

Meriwala claims fifer to bowl Baroda to victory

Baroda beat Delhi by 16 runs to continue their unbeaten run in the tournament so far. Defending a modest 131 runs, Lukman Meriwala pegged back Delhi by claiming three wickets in his first two overs to leave the opposition on eight for three. Although Jagrit Anand and Yogesh Nagar built a 70-run partnership to keep Delhi in the fray, the unrelenting Baroda bowlers struck in the latter half of the innings to seize the momentum.
After Munaf Patel dealt a double-blow in the 18th over, Meriwala claimed two in the penultimate over to put his team in charge. Having held Delhi to 115 for nine, Baroda gained four points from the win in their Group B match of the T20 Super League for the Syed Mushtaq Ali trophy, in Mumbai.

Earlier, electing to bat first, the opening pair of Kedar Devdhar and Aditya Waghmode took Baroda to 36, before Devdhar departed. Rakesh Solanki and Waghmode then added 31 runs for the second wicket, before the opener was caught by Mohit Sharma while looking to cut the ball. Waghmode had smashed Kshitiz Sharma for a six before returning for 30.

Baroda’s in-form all-rounder, Hardik Pandya, then came out to the middle. Four overs later, the batsman nicked Varun Sood to the wicketkeeper, leaving the team on 83 for three in the 16th over. With the team needing quick runs to set up a competitive score, Deepak Hooda joined forces with Rakesh Solanki. However, Solanki lost his stumps to Sumit Narwal in the next over, while Hooda smashed the bowler for a six. Wickets fell in a cluster for Baroda as their batsmen strove to put runs on the board. In the following over, Abhijit Karmabelkar claimed two boundaries as he took the team past the three-figure mark. But he was run out while looking for a second run. Pinal Shah, who replaced him, was also run out on the next ball, leaving the team on 102 for six, with 13 balls left in the innings.

Krunal Pandya, who then joined Hooda in the middle, helped the team a respectable score with an eight-ball 22-run cameo. The lower-order batsman helped add 16 runs in the last over as he lofted Narwal over long-off for a six and then struck a boundary through the leg side.

Chasing the 132-run target, Mohit Sharma returned in the second over. In his next over, Meriwala accounted for two more scalps to leave Delhi on eight for the loss of three wickets. While Dhruv Shorey hit the ball straight to Hooda at covers, Punit Bisht edged Meriwala to the wicketkeeper to return for naught in the fourth over.

Yogesh Nagar and Anand then came together to stem the fall of wickets. They put up a determined effort to stabilise the innings. Keeping the scoreboard ticking, they had taken the team to 42 at the end of 10 overs. They played watchfully as they rebuilt the innings and brought up Delhi’s 50 in the 12th over and clocked in the partnership’s 50 in the next over. With the team on 65, Nagar was dropped near the boundary after cutting Hardik while on 28.

With 55 required off the last five overs, the match was headed for a tight finish. Krunal provided his team with a much-needed breakthrough by disturbing Nagar’s woodwork and ending the fourth-wicket partnership for 70 runs.

Two balls later, Vishwanath Parmar took a catch at mid-off to send Narwal back for a duck. Sood perished while taking the aerial route an over later, to leave the team on 91 for six. After accounting for Sood’s wicket, Munaf caught Khsitiz Sharma off his own bowling later in the over, to put Baroda firmly in the driver’s seat.

With 40 runs required from the last two overs, Meriwala bowled Jagrit Anand and caught Javed Khan off his own bowling to leave Delhi on 104 for nine at the end of the penultimate over. While Baroda clinched victory in their second game of the Super League, Meriwala finished with match-winning figures of five for 23.