Dhaval Goradia’s blazing 85* helps KSG strikers defeat Royals in the KSG 40-40 tournament
It was very crucial for Royals from NIL Yog to defeat KSG strikers who has already qualified for the semis. The Payyade ground (kandivali) had a wet outfield & KSG elected to field first to make the most of the pitch conditions and restrict them to the lowest total possible.
Royals played fairly decent cricket as they posted a healthy score of 279/12 in 40 overs. Amar Bhuta (81) and Ripal Mehta (50) were the pick of the batsman for Royals. KSG bowlers also did a collectively good performance as 5 bowlers from their side took 2 wickets each to restrict the opposition. Chasing 280 is not the easiest of targets but opener Rajesh Mehta (71) and no.3 batsman Kunal Mehta (38) stitched a good partnership at the top of the order. The positive momentum was continued by their wicketkeeper batsman Dhaval Goradia who smashed a match winning knock of 85* coming off just 54 balls. Dhaval counter attacked the bowlers at will and smashed 10 fours and 2 big sixes to complete the chase in style for his side. Dhaval actually played the finisher’s role to perfection for KSG strikers.
KSG Strikers gave chance to all those players who did not get a chance earlier as they have qualified for the semi finals & most of them performed nicely. KSG Strikers won the match with the loss of just 4 wkts and 4 overs to spare and Dhaval Goradia was adjudged ‘man of the match’ for his great performance. We wish Dhaval and the whole team continue their good form in the semi finals.