Rizvi Springfield’s (Bandra) left-arm spinner Abhishek Yadav’s eight-wicket haul went in vain as they lost their semi-final match to defending champions Al-Barkaat MMI (Kurla) by nine wickets on Day Two of the Giles Shield Elite Division tie at Azad Maidan yesterday.
Abhishek Yadav was the pick of the bowlers for Rizvi. Pic/Suresh KK.
Abhishek finished with impressive bowling figures of 8-69. The youngster has scalped 32 wickets in the tournament this far and yesterday helped his team recover after they were bundled out for 125 in the first innings. His bowling ensured that Al-Barkaat, resuming at an overnight score of 60-2 were bowled out for 180 in their first essay.
The Kurla school though hadn’t given up yet and made a fantastic comeback in the second essay. Al-Barkaat’s spin duo of left-arm-spinner Shoeb Khan (4-21) and leg-spinner Mateen Shaikh (3-9) ensured that Rizvi were bundled out for a paltry 71 in the second innings. With a target of 17 runs to win, Al-Barkaat comfortably scored 18-1 to enter the final.