Anjuman-I-Islam stun Sule Guruji to storm into U-16 inter-school Cup final
Mehboob Shaikh was over the moon after he helped Anjuman-I-Islam (English) enter the U-16 inter-school Coca-Cola Cup cricket final at Cross Maidan yesterday. Mehboob's all-round performance (64 runs, a stumping and a catch) saw Anjuman beat favourites IES VN Sule Guruji (Dadar) by 49 runs in the semi-final to set up a title clash with Rizvi Springfield on February 14.
Anjuman-I-Islam's wicketkeeper Mehboob Shaikh appeals during yesterday's semi-final against VN Sule Guruji at Cross Maidan. Pic/Atul Kamble
"This win has come as a pleasant surprise. Also, it is the first time in this season that we have reached the final of any inter-school tournament. We have played against Rizvi twice and lost on both occasions. There is always a pressure playing against them. But I hope this time we play our natural game and don't think about winning or losing," said Mehboob, who was adjudged man of the match for the second time in the tournament.
Put into bat by Sule Guruji, the winners lost four quick wickets before Mehboob's 57-ball 64 guided Anjuman to a total of 185 in 41.4 overs. For Sule Guruji, Omprakash Jaiswal and Dhruva Vedak claimed two wickets each. Sule Guruji was shot out for 136, thanks to Anjuman's off-spinner Abhishek Shetty (3-23). Omkar Jadhav (48) was the highest scorer for Sule Guruji.
Mehboob took the all-important catch of opener Yash Bhojane (10) and stumped Kunal Chalke (4).