Played at the Thakkur Cricket Ground, the Cric ITT20 Tournament started off with two matches in its opening day and both the matches were exciting to say the least. The players displayed a lot of passion and grit which made the opening day all the more exciting.
In the match between Dell EMC Spartans and TechData Smashers, Dell won the toss and elected to bat first notching up 157/9 in 20overs which is anyday a good score to defend. Chinmay Mohite and Adesh Manjrekar chipped in with quick 30’s which pushed their team’s total. From the bowlers Aditya Salaskar won the hearts of everyone as he came up with a fifer on the opening day of the tournament raising the bar for the bowlers. Aditya who bowled in the right areas took 5/25 in 4 overs being the pick of the bowlers. Defending a total of 157, Akash Dahiya, Jacob and Prassana bagged 2wkts each restricting Tech Data Smashers to 98 all out in 12.5 overs. It was a big win for Dell Spartans as they won by 59runs while Akash Dahiya with 20runs and 2wkts was declared ‘man of the match’. Aditya’s bowling performances also stood out in the match making it one of the highlight performances of the day.
In the match between IBM and HP Avengers, IBM won the toss and elected to bat first. Their decision seemed to be correct as they notched up 147/9 in 20 overs which is a good total on a track which had support for the bowlers too. Nadeem Hamdare opening the innings scored a brilliant 43 off 40balls smashing 3fours and a six while M Kamath also giving a good support with his aggressive 40 which pushed the team total to 147. From the bowlers, Sumeet Shanbag bowled one of the impressive spells in a T20 game conceding just 11runs in 4overs while bagging 4wkts. Chasing 148, HP Avengers were all out for 117 with Amit Sawant’s 38 being the highest score while Nignesh Nayak and Vamsi Reddy took 3wkts each which played a crucial role. IBM won the match by 30runs while opener Nadeem was declared ‘man of the match.
Editor Haineel Shah