Mumbai: Tata Sports Club showed great resilience and remarkable fighting qualities to snatch a thrilling two-run win over Future Group to lift the Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Cup, the 10th RCF T20 Cricket. In the championship organised by Rashtriya Chemicals & Fertilizers Limited, at the RCF Colony ground, Chembur, in a low scoring encounter, they bundled out the opposition for 92 with two deliveries to spare, after they set 95 as the target.
Future Group skipper, Akshay Darekar opted to take the field after winning the toss and that paid off. They rattled the Tata’s batting line up leaving them reeling at 47 for eight. But, the ninth wicket pair of Vishal Dabholkar and Siddharth Raur played the role of face-saving effort as they put 33 runs for the wicket. Unbeaten 27 by Vishal Dabholkar came off 34-balls which were studded with three boundaries.
Disciplined bowling for Future’s was led by Sagar Mule (4-5), Aatish Gawand (2-28) and Javed Khan (2-22). Tata’s spinners Brijesh Gharat (3 for 16), Aditya Dhumal (3 for 19) and Chirag Khurana (2 for 6) tormented the Future Group batsmen and bundled them out for a paltry 92 runs in 19.4 overs to clinch victory and emerge champions. Raunaq Sharma (27 runs) and Shashikant Kadam (16 ru ns) were the only batsmen to get into double figures.Brijesh Gharat was named ‘Match of the match’ and he also won the Best Bowler award. Shashikant Kadam (Future Group) was declared as the Player of the tournament.
Man-of-the-match: Brijesh Gharat (Tata’s SC); Best batsman of the tournament: Kaustubh Pawar (Tata’s SC); Best bowler of the tournament: Brijesh Gharat (Tata’s SC); Best fielder of the tournament: Akshay Darekar (Future Group); Player of the tournament: Shashikant Kadam (Future Group).
Brief scores: Tata Sports Club: 94 (Vishal Dabholkar 27* (34b, 3×4), Sufiyan Shaikh 15, Tushar Gharat 14, Siddharth Raut 15; Sagar Mule 4-5, Aatish Gawand 2-28, Javed Khan 2-22) bt Future Group: 92 (Raunaq Sharma 27 (26b, 1×4, 1×6), Shashikant Kadam 16; Brijesh Gharat 3-16, Aditya Dhumal 3-19, Chirag Khurana 2-6) by 2 runs.