Abhishek Barai Claims 11 as Mahul Center Claims First Innings Lead in Drawn Encounter against Bhiwandi Center
The U16 Kalpesh Koli tournament witnessed a captivating battle between Mahul Center and Bhiwandi Center, which concluded in a draw with Mahul Center taking the first innings lead. Both teams showcased their cricketing skills and fought hard, creating an exciting contest for the spectators.
Mahul Center won the toss and elected to bat first, aiming to set a challenging total for Bhiwandi Center. They got off to a solid start, with contributions from Aman Yadav (47), Saif Khan (37), and Suhail Chaudhary (33). Sunny Mourya of Bhiwandi Center displayed impressive bowling skills, claiming four wickets for 23 runs. Mahul Center was eventually bowled out for 229 runs in 58.2 overs.
In response, Bhiwandi Center faced a stern challenge from the formidable bowling attack of Mahul Center. Umer Ansari top-scored with 34 runs, but Abhishek Barai wreaked havoc with his exceptional bowling performance, taking an outstanding eight-wicket haul for 40 runs. Bhiwandi Center was bowled out for 137 runs in 57.4 overs, trailing by 92 runs in the first innings.
With a significant lead in hand, Mahul Center commenced their second innings. They declared their innings at 102/6 in 18.2 overs, setting a target of 195 runs for Bhiwandi Center to win the match. Prithvi Bhalerao played a brilliant knock of 42 runs for Mahul Center, while Kaif Shaikh impressed with three wickets for 27 runs for Bhiwandi Center.
In their pursuit of the target, Bhiwandi Center faced a challenging task against the disciplined bowling attack of Mahul Center. Abhishek Barai continued his impressive form with the ball, claiming three wickets for just five runs. Bhiwandi Center reached a total of 65/5 in 13 overs before the match concluded, resulting in a draw.
The match ended in a draw, with Mahul Center taking the first innings lead. Aman Yadav’s valuable contribution with the bat and Abhishek Barai’s exceptional eight-wicket haul were the highlights of the match. The U16 Kalpesh Koli tournament witnessed a closely fought contest, showcasing the talent and determination of young cricketers.
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