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Cardinal Superkings vs Popovich Panthers match reportSep 15, 2018 03:46 PM | Popovich Panthers won by 58 runs | Scorecard
Popovich Panthers coming back to Cromwell Premier League after a hiatus of 2 seasons were put into bat by Cardinal SuperKings who were making their Cromwell debut today. Sushil Premjani and Avinash Karthavverya started the proceedings for Panthers . Avinash making his comeback to USC Cromwell after 12 years showed glimpses of his old self and Popovich was off to a confident start with 12 Runs coming of skipper Prateek Rohela's first over. Introduction of Abhishek Prakash into the attack paid off with Abhishek getting the breakthrough and stemming the flow of runs. Avinash mixed aggression with caution before getting out to an unplayable in-swinger from Abhishek and with useful contributions from Sibi Naayagam and Hamid Popal IV, game was evenly poised with Panthers at 62/4 in 8 overs.
In walks Rana Aijaz looking in great form and in company of Mayur Shah the pair put up quick 40 runs in next 4 overs with the highlight of partnership being Rana’s booming sixes and a helicopter 6 by Mayur Shah off Superkings skipper Prateek ??
Rohit Kumar bowled a miserly spell for Superkings and put the brakes on Panther's charge during slog overs to have Panthers struggling a bit at 126/6 with 1 over to go. With Rana taking strike and Arpit bowling the last over for Superkings, stage was set for a Rana-special and special it was ! – 26 Runs were scored of the last over and Arpit who otherwise bowled really well for Superkings ended up conceding 44 runs in his allotted 3 overs. Good batting by Panthers’ female players Srushti Khairnar and Sanjana Kerketta ensured Panthers set Superkings a daunting target of 158.
A score of 150+ more often than not is a winning score at Cromwell but when a team has talented batsmen like Rohit and Prateek no score is safe enough. Rohit and Anuj opened batting for Superkings with Rohit looking in ominous touch. Sneh Kishan and Ashwin bowled tight lines and restricted Superkings to 15 in the first power play before Rohit took off and launched into Panthers bowling attack. Rohit’s blitz propelled Superkings to 55/0 in 6 overs. Avinash struck crucial blows in the 8thover to dismiss opener Anuj and Superkings captain Prateek in quick succession and put Panthers back in a commanding position. But with Rohit at crease, game was still In balance. Mayur was introduced into the attack and the move paid immediate dividends as he got 2 quick wickets including the prized scalp of Rohit out for a well-made 63. Once Rohit was dismissed, Panthers’ spin duo of Mayur and Sushil bowled in tandem and ran through the SuperKings line up grabbing 4 wickets a piece. It was now SuperKings’ female player’s turn to face the music as Panthers bowler Sanjana gave no respite to them bowling fast and accurate to dismiss all 3 SuperKings female players.
SuperKings innings folded at 103 and Popovich Panthers ended up winning the game by huge margin of 54 runs. Rana Aijaz and Mayur Shah shared man of the match honors for Panthers.
SuperKings will look to rebound in the next game while Panthers will hope to keep up the winning momentum.