Matunga school throws in the towel against Bandra school in Harris Shield semis after conceding 265-run first innings lead despite full day’s play to go
Ranveer Yadav's unbeaten 133 stood out as Rizvi Springfield (Bandra) entered the final of the Mumbai Schools Sports Association (MSSA) Harris Shield Elite Division boys U-16 by virtue of a first innings lead of 265 runs, after Don Bosco (Matunga) surprisingly conceded the semi-final at Azad Maidan yesterday with a day to spare. The Bandra school will face Al-Barkaat MMI (Kurla) in the final.
ton done! Rizvi Springfield’s Ranveer Yadav celebrates his century against Don Bosco (Matunga) in the MSSA-Harris Shield Elite Division boys U-16 semi-final at Azad Maidan yesterday. Pic/Suresh Karkera
Resuming on an overnight score of 38-0, after dismissing the Bosco boys for 175 on Day One, Rizvi lost their first wicket in the form of Harsh Tripathi (47) in the 22nd over who was caught by Akshat Jain at short leg off off-spinner Shreeraj Gharat. Suraj Pandey (42) was then bowled out by Gharat. When Rizvi all-rounder Yashasvi Jaiswal was caught at point by Manal Kawle off Rohit Desai, the Bandra boys were 177-4 and the Matunga lads had a good chance bouncing back into the tie. However, Rizvi skipper Shoaib Siddique had other ideas.
He scored a quickfire 42-ball 49 (5x4s, 3x6s) before Gharat trapped him leg before. Rizvi's middle-order batsman Yadav continued to go on a rampage though and slammed 15 fours and three sixes in his 143-ball knock to remain unbeaten on 133 and take Rizvi to a mammoth 440-9 at stumps on Day Two. Then came Don Bosco's stunning decision to throw in the towel with a full day's play remaining in the three-day semi-final. Don Bosco coach Rohan Nagwekar had an even more baffling explanation for his decision. “With a 265-run lead, Rizvi would have made the final by virtue of the first innings lead anyway, so our players were not too keen on coming back on Day Three just to bat,” he told mid-day.
Bosco's chief wicket-taker Gharat (6-121) said his team decided to concede the match once Rizvi crossed the 300 mark. “When Rizvi were 177-4, we could try and fight our way back into the game if we could try and get them out under 250. When Rizvi crossed the 300-run mark, we decided to give up,” said Gharat.