March 30, 2009 3:01:44 am
A blitzkrieg knock of 81 runs off 51 balls by Sanjay Mahajan enabled State Bank of Patiala defeat Durga Seeds Pvt Ltd by 81 runs in a semi-final match of the Fifth Bharat Kesho Gupta Memorial League Cricket Tournament,being organised by the Chandigarh Sports Club at Tau Devi Lal Cricket Stadium,Sector 3 on Sunday. Both the semi-finals matches started late and had to be reduced to 20-over-a-side affair due to rain.
Batting first after winning the toss,openers Rajeev Sirhidi (56) and Sanjay Mahajan (81) gave SBOP a solid start as they put together 98 runs for the first wicket in just 9.3 overs. Sirhidi completed his half century in 30 balls with the help of 9 fours and a towering six. Sanjay Mahajan helped in keeping the run rate constantly above 9 runs per over and got his team to a comfortable position. His knock of 81 runs came off just 51 balls. SBOP posted 183 for 3 in 20 overs.
In reply,Durga Seeds Pvt Ltd were bowled out for 102 runs in 19.5 overs. Tanveer Manak was the highest run getter with 34 runs. Ranjeev Sharma bagged 4 wickets for 14 runs in his 4-over spell.
In second semi-final,a half century by Rajesh Patha (62),enabled United Sports Club,Panchkula win over HDFC Bank XI by seven wickets.
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Batting first,HDFC Bank scored 164 for 6 in 20 overs. Saini hammered the bowlers all over the round to raise a well-deserved half century.
The remaining batsmen failed to capitalise on the momentum provided by Saini and threw their wickets cheaply.
In reply,United Sports Club made their intentions clear early. Openers put up 57 runs for the first wicket in 6 overs. Rajesh Pathan made 62 runs off 37 balls. Rajesh Monu also joined the run-feast and made 43 quick runs and saw his team through to a crushing victory in 15.4 overs.
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