PORVORIM: Mandovi Parivar were bowled out for 116 runs in 19.3 overs after electing to bat against MCC in the floodlit final of 1st Manohar Parrikar Trophy here on Saturday night.
Mandovi Parivar suffered a jolt right in the first over bowled by pacer Nihal Surlakar with opener Avishkar Mone departing on the second ball.
Captain Snehal Kauthankar coming in at No3 joined Kashyap Bakhale and the duo batted sensibly to keep the scoreboard moving. Mandovi Parivar were 41/1 at the end of power play and 64/1 at the half-way stage.
Snehal was the aggressor in the second wicket partnership that yielded 71 runs. He struck five boundaries in his knock of 40 runs off 37 balls. Kashyap also did very well with the bat especially his lofted shot off MCC captain and left-arm spinner Darshan Misal was the shot of the inning as the right-hander dispatched the ball over the long-off boundary and onto the roof of the pavilion. He was the second wicket to fall after scoring 28 runs off 30 balls when on the second ball of the 12th over, Kashyap stepped out and tried to attack Shreyas Usgaonkar but only managed a leading edge to be caught at point by Saish Kamat. The talented leg-spinner then got the big wicket of Snehal in the same over as he mistimed one and was caught at deep mid-wicket by Nihal.
Mandovi Parivar never recovered from the double blow and lost two more wickets in the 13th over as Darshan bagged the wickets of a promoted Sherbahadur Yadav and Aniket Desai. With wickets falling in a heap, it seemed that the pitch might have some tricks up it’s sleeve and demanded more application from Mandovi batsmen.
All hopes of a decent total were now on Deepraj Gaonkar (15) and Karan Vasshodia but the hard-hitting all-rounder failed to make the most of a chance as Manthan Khutkar dropped him in the 15th over as the MCC fielder at short mid-wicket made amends to his error with a direct-hit running the quick Deepraj out, reducing Mandovi to 93/6 in the 15th over.
When Somesh Prabhudessai castled Robin D’Souza in the next over, all hopes of a late-order resurgence were dashed, as a capable batsman Karan was run out with good piece of fielding by Darshan, Mandovi Parivar were left in the shambles. A poor piece of cricket whereby Craig Dourado was run-out assuming the ball would reach the boundary rope rather than doing the basics right or running between the wickets, ended the Mandovi Parivar inning in the last over.