Rizvi Springfield (Bandra) are a wicket away from winning this year's Mumbai Schools Sports Association (MSSA) Harris Shield title after they restricted defending champions Al-Barkaat MMI (Kurla) to 169-9 off 68 overs in the second innings on Day Three of the inter-school cricket final at Azad Maidan yesterday.
Rizvi players celebrate the fall of an Al-Barkaat wicket at Azad Maidan yesterday. Pic/Atul Kamble
Resuming on an overnight 109-6, Rizvi were bowled out for 159 in their second essay. Al-Barkaat's off-spinner Meer Rizvi took 6-49 in the second innings as his school were set a target of 207 for victory with a day and a half of play to go. Al-Barkaat began the chase poorly.
They lost three quick wickets thereafter and were reduced to 84-4. Al-Barkaat's Altamash Khan (36) and Azhar Shaikh (20) then put on a 40-run stand off 103 balls. They are now hopeful that their last batting pair of Satyendra Yadav and Rajesh Sardar get the remaining 38 runs for victory today.
Rizvi 210 & 159 (S Siddique 56; M Rizvi 6-49) vs Al-Barkaat 163 & 169-9 in 68 overs (F Rathod 50; S Bogar 4-65)