So close yet so far away

So close yet so far away

Sharad Lumba's all-round show helps PCA Colts tie score with MPCA,but they lose on net run rate.

Sharad Lumba’s all-round show helps PCA Colts tie score with MPCA,but they lose on net run rate

Despiye Sharad Lumba’s valiant all-round effort (2 for 37) and 80 runs),PCA Colts failed to gain entry into the final of the 19th All-India JP Atray Memorial Cricket Tournament for the Pearls Trophy at the Government Model Senior Secondary School ground in Sector 26. Lumba’s half-century took the team agonisingly close to the victory target,but Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association (MPCA) bowlers bowled well to help the team tie the match. As a result,the visitors qualified for the final on the basis of better net run rate (NRR). MPCA’s NRR is +0.211 while PCA Colts run rate is -0.596.

Earlier,MPCA won the toss and elected to bat first. Their decision seemed to have backfired when the team was looking down the barrel at 98 for 5 in 28.4 overs. With half the team back in the pavillion,it was left to Varunesh Singh and Salman Beg to rebuild the team’s innings.

Varunesh and Beg not only batted sensibly and held the fort toether but also paced the innings well to help the team post a competitive total on the board. They added 112 runs for the sixth wicket in mere 16 overs. Beg hammered 75 runs off just 49 balls with the help of six boundaries and six towering sixes. Varunesh scored a run-a-ball 82 with the help of five boundaries and six huge sixes,to help the team post 268 runs in 50 overs. Beant Singh was the most successful bowler for PCA Colts with 3 for 52 while Sharad Luma (2 for 37) and Himanshu Chawla (2 for 14) also bowled well for the team.


Chasing the target,PCA Colts were restricted to 268 in 49 overs and the match ended in a tie. Lumba scored a quick-fire 80 off 64 deliveries that was studded with seven boundaries and five huge sixes,to lead the PCA Colts charge. Himanshu Chawla was also among runs as his innings of 69 runs kept the scoreboard ticking. D Chaurasia and Rameez Khan picked up two wickets each for the MPCA team.

Brief scores:

MPCA: 268 all out in 50 overs (Varunesh Singh 82,Salman Beg 75,Rameez Khan 43,Zafar Ali 31,Beant Singh 3 for 52,Himanshu Chawla 2 for 14,Sharad Lumba 2 for 37); PCA Colts: 268 all out in 50 overs (Sharad Lumba 80,Himanshu Chawla 69,Preetkamal 34,D.Chaurasia 2 for 44,Rameez Khan 2 for 44).

Reliance enter final

MEANWHILE,the second team to reach the final was Reliance India,as they disposed of BPCL by 57 runs in another semi-final encounter at the PCA Stadium in Mohali.

BPCL won the toss and invited Reliance India to bat first. Openers Parthiv Patel and Aditya Wagmode gave a flying start to the team by putting on 109 runs for the first wicket in 17.2 overs. Parthiv was caught by Khanewalkar off Rajesh Verma for 48 off 48 balls. Aditya Waghmode (57),Rakesh Solanki (62) and Sujit Naik (25) were the other contributors with the bat. Reliance were 208 for 4 in 39.3 overs but lost their last six wickets in 10 overs with the addition of just 36 runs. As a result,the team was bowled out for 244 in 49.2 overs. Rahul Chara was the most successful bowler for BPCL with 4 for 12 while Rajesh Verma grabbed three wickets.

In reply,BPCL were shot out for 187 in 48.2 overs. Uday Kaul played a superb innings of 66 runs but found no support from the other side. Onkar Khanelkar (45) and Rahul Chara (25) were the other main run-getters for BPCL. Pawan Syal (3 for 44) and Yogesh Nagar (2 for 44) were the chief wicket takers for Reliance.

Brief scores:

Reliance: 244 all out in 49.2 overs (Rakesh Solanki 62,Aditya Waghmode 57,Parthiv Patel 48,Sujit Naik 25,Rahul Chara 4 for 12,Rajesh Verma 3 for 39); BPCL: 187 all out in 48.2 overs (Uday Kaul 66 Rahul Chara 25,Pawan Syal 3 for 44,Yogesh Nagar 2 for 44).