The Triumph Knights North Mumbai East downed ARCS Andheri by a margin of seven wickets in a one-sided encounter on the day four (14th March) of the T20 Mumbai at the Wankhede Stadium. This win takes the Knights to the second spot on the points table.
The action of day three of the local T20 tournament established that the spinners will be the most valuable entity on the turning track of the Wankhede Stadium. Knights Captain Surya Kumar Yadav appreciated the fact and utilized his spinners effectively to produce maximum impact.
ARCS Andheri batting first made a slight change to their batting line-up and sent the former Kenya batsman Tanmay Mishra to open with D. Subramanian. The ploy worked to an extent as the opening pair put up 36 in their first five overs. Andheri was well on their way until the Knights spinners arrived on the scene.
The 29-year old leg-spinner Vinayak Bhoir combined with the off-spinner Kalpesh Sawant to halt the Andheri team’s train. The pair chipped out four wickets in 12 balls to crash ARCS Andheri from 76/2 to 82/6. The severe blows knocked the wind of out of the batting line-up’s sail.
Captain Iqbal Abdullah tried to steer the ship to safety, but his innings of 27(27) could only take Andheri as far as 116. For Triumph Knights who chased 184 in their first match, this was never going to be a tough task.
The Knights openers perceived the risks of starting slowly in the low chase thus they opted for an attacking approach. Ghadigaonkar 32(20) and Shashank Singh scored more than half of the target runs in the first eight overs itself.
The win became just a formality from thereon. Shashank Singh, who scored his highest t20 score, fell for 63(50) with just nine runs short of the victory. Praful Waghela and Vinayak Bhoir then sealed the triumph for Knights.
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