Day One boys U-16 Harris Shield semi-final between defending champions Al-Barkaat Malik (Kurla) and IES VN Sule Guruji English Medium (Dadar) saw 17 wickets fall with two spinners stealing the show at Cross Maidan yesterday.
Rajesh Sardar and Anmol Tare
Electing to bat, Al-Barkaat were bundled out for just 159 runs in their first innings with Altamas Khan remaining unbeaten on a 92- ball 52. Off-spinner Anmol Tare ensured the Kurla team didn't bat long with his scalp of 6/54, that also included four maiden overs.
In reply, the Dadar were in disarray thanks largely to the efforts of left-arm spinner Rajesh Sardar, who picked up 5/19 to leave VN Sule struggling on 69/7 at the end of the day's play, with Fahad Patel remaining unbeaten on 26. VN Sule trail Al-Barkaat by 90 runs. Sardar later said that he always knew the opposition would struggle batting second.
"It was a turning track so I knew that the opposition would be under pressure trying to get past our score. Deliberately pitched it outside off and the ploy worked," said Rajesh Sardar.