Jadhav fights lone battle against Rizvi Springfield

IES VN Sule Guruji were reduced to 185-4 on Day Three of the Harris Shield Elite Division final at the Cricket Club of India after Rizvi Springfield declared their first innings at 716-9 yesterday. At close of third day, Onkar Jadhav was unbeaten on 67, accompanied by Pranav Kela (15).

IES VN Sule's Onkar Jadhav, who scored an unbeaten 67 in the Harris
Shield final at the CCI. Pic/Suresh KK

Jadhav, whose knock included 12 fours, is aware that it is an uphill task for them to surpass Rizvi Springfield's total of 716. Trailing by 531 runs, Jadhav doesn't want to lose hope though. "The massive total of 716 runs scored by the Rizvi team definitely played on our minds. We kept losing wickets as we were under tremendous pressure. I hope to bat till the end if we want to stay in the game," said the 15-year-old all-rounder.

Earlier, VN Sule opener Saurabh Tendulkar was dismissed for 13 after he attempted a hook. He was caught behind by Azim Shaikh off off-spinner Armaan Jaffer. But the biggest blow came when their skipper Shreyas Kemkar was run out in the 61st over without troubling the scorer. Wickets fell at regular intervals, which put brakes on the scoring rate of the Dadar side. Rizvi are just a day away from lifting the Harris Shield Elite Division title for the fourth time in a row.

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