KPCA’s pacer Shubham Giri wrecks havoc with a 7-wicket haul to guide his team to 186-run win

On December 21, KPCA 11 took on Salgaonkar CC at Azad Maidan, Mumbai during the KPCA U20 Season 2 tournament. Winning the toss and electing to bat first, KPCA 11 posted a respectable score of 209 in 33.3 overs and in reply bundled out Salgaonkar CC cheaply for a paltry 23 in 11.5 overs. KPCA 11 won the match by a huge margin of 186 runs. For KPCA 11, the wrecker-in-chief was Shubham Giri, who struck gold every time he came in to bowl.

The right arm seamer, who opened the bowling for KPCA 11 ended with envious figures of 7-9 in 5.2 overs, including two maidens. Giri picked up the wicket of Salgaonkar CC captain Soham Keer on the very second ball of the innings as he clean bowled the skipper for a duck. In his second over, which was the third over of KPCA 11’s bowling innings, Giri scalped three wickets and just missed out on a hat-trick. He picked up the wickets on the first, second and fourth ball of his second over. After bowling a couple of overs, he was given a break and brought back again in the 10th over from a different end. He accounted for one wicket in that over and followed it up with another in the 12th over of the innings.

While talking to CricketGraph Giri said, “I am extremely happy to have registered my best bowling figures to date. I was bowling well in the previous games so I had the confidence of doing well in this match too. However I had no idea that I would pick seven wickets in the match. The conditions were not exactly conducive for bowling. When we came in to bowl, the wicket was dry and did not offer any assistance to the bowlers.”

He further added, “I was determined to hit the right lines and lengths and I think with my persistent effort, I could yield good results. I am primarily an outswing bowler. Out of the seven wickets that I took, my favourite ones were that of Sai Bhoir and Pranav Satvi, who were out LBW. My other five wickets came in the form of three clean bowled and two catch outs.”

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