On Thursday (31 January), the legendary Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar’s son Arjun Tendulkar played an important all-round role for his team D.Y. Patil ‘B’ (DPB) in the quarter-final of the DR. D.Y. Patil T20 Cup 2019 that helped his team to reach the semi-final of the tournament.
It was the match between DPB and CAG at D Y Patil Stadium 1 where DPB captain Pravin Tambe decided to bat first after winning the toss. The DPB openers Arjun Tendulkar and Aman Khan provided a strong start for the team as they had the 79-run partnership. Aman just missed his half-century as he scored 47 off 26 balls (4 fours and 3 sixes) before getting caught behind.
On the other hand, Arjun stretched that innings for longer and provided another important 34-run partnership for the second wicket. The left-handed opening batsman scored 35 runs off 28 balls with 4 fours before losing his wicket through a run-out. Arjun felt very disappointed after losing his well-set wicket as he fell in the trap that was set by the opposition fielder Imtiaz Ali.
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Sarfraz Khan scored 33 runs off 25 balls while none of the next batsmen reached the double-digit marks in that innings. When Arjun was dismissed their predicted score was 202 but they were restricted to 170/8 at the end of 20 overs.
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In reply, CAG lost their wickets in regular intervals and it became a very strong barrier for that team as they faced a defeat. Once CAG was struggling on 59/5, later, they went down to 110/6 (Jaskaran Deep Singh retired hurt is not counted in the wicket side). In the late moment, Ankit Kaushik and Pardeep Sahu had the 48-run partnership for the unbroken seventh wicket but it was too late for the team as they only managed to score 158/6 at the end of 20 overs.
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Kaushik fought hard and played a brilliant unbeaten knock of 77 runs off 51 balls (5 fours and 5 sixes) but failed to save his team who lost the game by 12 runs.
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As a bowler, Arjun once again played an important role as he had the bowling figure of 4-0-25-1. The left-arm medium pacer produced 10 dot balls in that innings. Only the skipper Pravin Tambe (3/25) bagged multiple wickets in that innings.
Watch the video of Arjun Tendulkar’s crucial 35-run knock