Navi Mumbai: Defending champions Larsen & Toubro Sports Club (L&T SC) successfully overhauled the 118 runs target set by Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited Sports Club (BPCL SC) for the loss of three wickets and three overs to spare, to lift the Hinduhriday-Samrat T20 Cup 2019 for the fourth time in a row.
Electing to field first in the championship round, after winning the toss at the picturesque BPCL SC Refinery Ground in Mahul, L&T SC skipper Jagdish Sorkhade led from the front with his medium pace attack. The well built all-rounder from the Mahape, Navi Mumbai based team gave away only 21 runs in his allotted four overs and took three crucial wickets which restricted the hosts to a partly 117 for 9 in 20 overs. He was well supported by Siddhesh Chavan (3/23) and Sushant Shetty (2/18) and backed by live wire fielding by his team mates.
In response the reigning champions L&T SC who had won the Inter Office Cricket Tournament organised by NMSA, Navi Mumbai in the recent past, were off to a bright start with openers Nishadh Mutalik and Shiva Yadav scoring freely. Mutalik was the aggressive of the two and scored a quick fire 39 off 25 ball inclusive of six boundaries. He was the first one to be dismissed. Yadav on the other hand played with his ease and reached his half century, before being dismissed soon after for 52 runs in 42 balls Latter Sagar Kamble & skipper Sorkhade scored 10 runs each to ensure their team achieve yet another success in the tourney, which was organised by Indian Airlines Sthaniya Lokadhikar Samiti Mumbai. L&T SC had defeated Mahindra & Mahindra in the previous edition last year.
L&T SC opener Shiva Yadav bagged the ‘Man of the Match” for his game changing 52 runs while his skipper Jagdish Sorkhade for his overall fantastic performance in both Batting & Bowling departments took home the ‘Man of the Series’ award.
Brief Scores (Final): BPCL Sports Club: 117/9 in 20 Overs (Jagdish Sorkhade 3/21, Siddhesh Chavan 3/23, Sushant Shetty 2/18) lost to L&T Sports Club: 118/3 in 17 Overs (Shiva Yadav 52, Nishadh Mutalik 39) by 7 Wickets and three overs to spare