Riding high on Prashant Bhandari’s unbeaten 136-ball knock of 130 runs,ONGC recorded a fine 94-run win over MRF team in a match decided through D/L Method during the ongoing 20th Edition of All India JP Atray Memorial cricket tournament played at St John’s School,Sector 26,Chandigarh on Wednesday. Despite this win,ONGC failed to garner the required points to qualify for the quarterfinals.
Batting first,ONGC posted a mammoth total of 308 runs for the loss of nine wickets in 50 overs. Prashant Bhandari (130 no) was the main architect of the ONGC innings. He was involved in 66-run stand for third wicket with Mayank Tehlan who made 33 runs. Bhandari’s knock included nine fours and two sixes. For MRF, Gnaneswar Rao (3 for 54) was the most effective bowler. During MRF’s reply,heavy downpour restricted the game. They were 151 runs for the loss of seven wickets in 27.5 overs when the result was declared in ONGC’s favour according to D/L Method. MRF Innings was embellished by a sizzling 76-ball century by Jaskaran Singh Sohi. Waqar Ahmed (4 for 50) was the most successful bowler for ONGC.
ONGC: 308 for 9 in 50 overs (Prashant Bhandari 130 no,Rocky Ratta 38,Mayank Tehlan 33,Gnaneswar Rao 3 for 54,Sunny Gupte 3 for 70,Varun Khullar 2 for 52) beat MRF: 151 for 7 in 27.5 overs (Jaskaran Singh Sohi 100,V.Aditya 26,Waqar Ahmd 4 for 50,Sumit Narwar 2 for 17)
In the second match of the day played at Ropar,CAG beat Air India by seven wickets.Winning the toss CAG opted to field and bundled out Air India for 158 in 39.5 overs.Left-arm spinner,Bipul Sharma (3 for 29) bowled well and caused the most damage. Abhimanyu (29),Ishan Ganda (30) and Shafiq Khan (27) were the principal run getters for Air India. Replying CAG knocked off the required runs in 23 overs. Their chase was led by a hard hitting century (100) off 80 balls from Bhavesh Shetty,who was involved in a 104 runs stand for the third-wicket with Punit Bisht (21 no).
After the league stage of the tournament has been completed,eight teams have qualified for the quarter finals. The teams that have qualified are: Reliance-I,Canara Bank,Baroda C.A,State Bank of Mysore,PCC Mohali,MPCA,CAG Delhi and Air India.
Air India: 158 for all 39.5 overs (Abhimanyu 29,Ishan Ganda 30,Shafiq Khan 27,Bipul Sharma 3 for 29,Vikas Chohan 2 for 37) lost to CAG: 163 For 3 in 23 overs (Bhavesh Shetty 100,Punit Bisht 21 not out,Hitin Dalal 1 for 12,Pradeep Prashar 1 for 22 ,Faruk 1 for 12).