Shinraj Toyota and Nirlan Ltd to meet in MiD DAY CCL final

Shinrai Toyota will take on Nirlon Ltd in the final of the PearlsGlobal Arena MiD DAY Corporate Cricket League at ParseeGymkhana, Marine Lines on April 28. On Sunday, Nirlon Ltd registered a comfortable 37-run victory over defending champions Pantaloon India Ltd in the first semi-final. Pantaloon won the toss and elected to field.

One step closer to glory: Shinrai Toyota players celebrate their win over Serco in the second semi-final of the MiD DAY Corporate Cricket League at the Parsee Gymkhana, Marine Lines last Sunday. Pics/Bipin Kokate

Deepak Gaikwad’s 18-ball 30 and Dharam Ganantra’s 22-ball 29 helped Nirlon reach a total of 92-3 in the stipulated 10 overs. Later, superlative bowling performances by Rahul Sagar (2-8) and Nikhil Bagal (2-9) helped Nirlon bundle out Pantaloon for 55 in just 8.1 overs. Gaikwad was adjudged the best batsman and Bagal the best bowler.

Well connected! A Pantaloon India Ltd batsman plays on the on-side against Nirlon Ltd in the semi-final last Sunday

Meanwhile, in the second semi-final between Shinrai Toyota and Serco, it was the former who emerged victorious by five wickets. Shinrai put Serco into bat and opener Amish Dabholkar provided his team a perfect start by scoring 30 runs off 18 balls. He was ably supported by Brijesh Pujari, who contributed 27 to the total of 108-6. Later, Shinrai’s Sajid Khan scored an unbeaten 35 off 14 balls that included five sixes and Javed Shaikh made a quickfire, nine-ball 27 to ensure Toyota reach the target with six balls to spare.

well connected! A Pantaloon India Ltd batsman plays on the on-side against Nirlon Ltd in the semi-final last Sunday

Mumbai anthem
The pulsating MiD DAY Mumbai anthem in the background and some fine commentary by Dr Gokul Singh kept the spectators engrossed throughout the day.

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Brief scores:
>>Nirlon Ltd 92-3 (Deepak Gaikwad 30, Dharam Ganantra 29; Amit Gawande 2-11) beat Pantaloon India Ltd 55 (Sharad Shetty 17; Rahul Sagar 2-8, Nikhil Bagal 2-9).
>>Serco 108-6 (Amish Dabholkar 30, Brijesh Pujari 27; Girish Kochrekar 2-11) lost to Shinrai Toyota 109-5 (Sajid Khan 35, Javed Shaikh 27; Ajit Gopalkrishnan 2-18).  

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