Led by a spirited eighth wicket partnership of 39 runs off 18 balls between Paramveer Singh (20 no) and Imtiaz Ahmed (19),Comptroller and Auditor General recorded a narrow two-wicket triumph over Air India in a thrilling encounter during All India 19th JP Atray Memorial cricket tournament being played for Pearls Trophy at GMSSS,Sector 26,in Chandigarh.
Owing to early morning showers,the match between CAG and Air India was reduced to 29 overs a side. CAG won the toss and elected to field. Hiten Dalal and Manvinder Bisla,who opened the innings for Air India,put on 76 runs for the first wicket in 9.3 overs before Bisla was removed by Rizwan for 37 runs. His knock included five boundaries and one six. Air India captain Mohammed Kaif could not do much with the bat,as he was sent packing for just seven runs. It was then left to Deepak Joon and Hiten Dalal to consolidate the innings. Both added 92 runs for the fourth wicket. Air India got onto the backfoot,when Dalal became the fourth victim of Kuldeep Rawal as he was adjudged leg before the wicket for 76 runs. His knock included six boundaries and three big sixes. Air India innings ended at 213 for 6 in 29 overs. Kuldeep Rawal (4 for 29) was the main wicket taker for CAG.
In reply to the total,CAG started with a flourish with Nitin Saini and Bhushan Chohan putting on 42 runs for the first wicket. CAG was in a spot of bother when they lost their first five wickets with 83 runs on the board in 12.4 overs. Thereafter,BD Panda (53) and Bipul Sharma (33) steadied the ship for CAG,adding useful 76 runs for the sixth wicket stand. At that point,CAG total was 159 for 6 in 23.1 overs. Panda and Sharma soon left in quick succession,leaving their team in trouble. CAG were 177 for 8 in 25.2 overs when Imtiaz Ahmed and Paramveer Singh dealt some lusty blows while adding 39 runs in 18 balls to post an exciting two-wicket win for CAG with four balls to spare. Imtiaz Ahmed got 19 off 10 balls with 2 fours and a six while Paramveer Singh remained unbeaten on 20 off just 8 deliveries. Atiff Ahmed (3 for33),Shakti Sherawat (2 for 32) and Abid Khan (2 for 42) shared the spoils for Air India. CAG garnered four points with this win. Rawal was named man of the match.
Air India: 213 for 6 in 29 overs (Hiten Dalal 76,Manwinder Bisla 37,Deepak Joon 42,Kuldeep Rawal 4 for 29) lost to CAG: 216 for 8 (BD Panda 53,Nitin Saini 30,Bipul Sharma 33,Paramveer Singh 20 no,Imtiaz Ahmed 19 no,Atiff Ahmed 3 for 33,Shakti Sherawat 2 for 32,Abid Khan 2 for 42).
Praveen stars in ONGC win
When a bowler like Praveen Kumar is in the team,it is natural for the captain to bank upon his match winning abilities. Living to his reputation,Praveen bagged three wickets to anchor ONGC to a six-wicket win over Baroda in a match played at the DAV School Sector 8 in Chandigarh on Monday. With this win,ONGC bagged five points. Winning the toss ONGC opted to field first. Leading the attack,medium pacer Parveen Kumar scalped three wickets in his first spell to reduce Baroda to 31 for 6 in 10.1 overs. He removed Dhiren Mistry (2),Sourav Wakaskar (1) and Jai Kishan (1). Baroda innings got some respectability with Yagnesh scoring 34 runs off 37 balls and Swapnil contributing with an unbeaten knock of 25 off 30 balls. Both added 64 runs for the seven-wicket in 54 balls. Baroda innings ended at 95 for 8 in 20 overs. Apart from Praveen,Sorab (2 for 13) and Lukinder (2 for 12) doing most of the damage for ONGC. Replying ONGC were rocked back when Parveen,who turned up as an opener,was clean bowled by Abhijeet on an individual score of one. Then Sandeep Sharma and Tanmay Srivastav added 58 runs for the second wicket before Tanmay was caught and bowled by Lukman for 35 runs. Eventually,ONGC scored 99 runs for 4 in 15.1 overs to record a victory with bonus point. Parveen was named man of the match.
Baroda: 95 for 8 in 20 overs (Yagnish 34,Swapnil 25 no,Parveen Kumar 3 for 18,Sorab 2 for 13,Lukinder 2 for 12) lost to ONGC: 99 for 4 in 15.1 overs (Sandeep Sharma 34,Tanmay 35,Krunal 2 for 17)
Matches washed out
Meanwhile other matches that were to be played at Sector 16 Stadium and St John’s School,Sector 26, were washed out due to wet outfield. The match between State Bank of Patiala and HPCA was to take place at Sector 16 Stadium while State Bank of Hyderabad had to take on All India FCI at St Jonh’s School. The teams were awarded two points each.