Parsee Gym, Apollo CC to clash in semi-finals in “70th Nawab Salar Jung Invitation T20 Cricket Tournament 2019”
Mumbai, April 25: Defending champions Parsee Gymkhana charged to a resounding 129 runs victory against Bombay Gymkhana in a quarter-final match of the 70th Nawab Salar Jung Invitation T20 Cricket Tournament 2019 and played at the Parsee Gymkhana ground on Thursday.
Electing to bat first Parsee Gymkhana powered by some brilliant batting from Shams Mulani 85 runs not out (41b, 1×4, 3×6), Akarshit Gomel 49 runs (38b, 4×4, 1×6) and Raunaq Sharma 47 runs (22b, 6×4, 2×6) piled up a huge total of 228 for 4 wickets in 20 overs. Later the Parsee Gymkhana bowlers dismissed Bombay Gymkhana for a paltry 99 runs in 19.2 overs. Except for Abhishek Srivastav 42 runs (24b, 4×4, 1×6) none of the other batsmen got going. Raunaq Sharma (2 for 2), Atif Attarwala (2 for 13), Aditya Dhumal (2 for 18), Mainuddin Mulani (2 for 20) and Anjadeep Lad (2/26) shared the wickets.
Later in another quarter match, Apollo Cricket Club held their nerves to snatch a close one run win against Mumbai Police Gymkhana.
Put in to bat first, Apollo CC managed to put up a challenging total of 171 for the loss of six wickets from their 20 overs. Siddhanth Singh with an unbeaten knock of 74 runs top-scored, while Abhinav Jagtap 35 runs and Sairaj Sangle 25 runs made useful contributions. Umar Khan (4 for 24) was the successful Mumbai Police bowler.
In reply, Mumbai Police made a determined start as the openers Arsalan Oberoi 45 runs (48b, 5×4) and Arman Shaikh 47 runs (37b, 4×4, 1×6) gave the policemen the perfect platform with a 90-run partnership for the first wicket. But the other batsmen were unable to maintain the momentum and the run-rate to consolidate their position. Apollo CC bowlers were disciplined and backed by some excellent fielding managed to clinch a win by a whisker and advance to the semi-finals.
Souvenir CC will meet Hindu Gymkhana In the first semi-final at the Islam Gymkhana on Friday morning and later in the afternoon Apollo CC will challenge Parsee Gym in the second semi-final.
Brief scores: Parsee Gymkhana 228 for 4 wickets in 20 overs (Shams Mulani 85 not out, Akarshit Gomel 49, Raunaq Sharma 47; Kasim Qureshi 2/36) beat Bombay Gymkhana 99 all out in 19.2 overs (Abhishek Srivastav 42; Raunaq Sharma 2/2, Atif Attarwala 2/13, Aditya Dhumal 2/18, Mainuddin Mulani 2/20, Anjadeep Lad 2/26) by 129 runs.
Apollo CC 171 for 6 wickets in 20 overs (Siddhanth Singh 74 not out, Abhinav Jagtap 35, Sairaj Sangle 25; Umar Khan 4/24) beat Mumbai Police Gymkhana 170 for 7 wickets in 20 overs (Arsalan Oberoi 45, Arman Shaikh 47: Shubham Kamat 2/33) by one run.