RC Goa and Dempo Challengers won their respective matches in the ongoing PGML 2.0 at Panjim Gymkhana ground, Panaji on Saturday.
RC Goa overcame Baale Tigers by a narrow margin of two runs in a closely-fought encounter, thanks to two run-outs and a two-wicket haul by the victorious team’s captain Harshad Gadekar, who was adjudged the man of the match. In another match, Dempo Challengers defeated Prescon Panthers by two wickets.
RC Goa scored 127 runs in the allotted 20 overs for the loss of eight wickets. The innings was powered by a run-a-ball 28 by Om Fadte, with Aryan Mashelkar anchoring the innings scoring a steady 22 from 36 balls. Mrunmay Das of the Baale Tigers took three wickets for 21 runs.
When the Baale Tigers took to the crease, they got off to a slow start and managed to score 125/7. RC Goa’s Nilesh Bhonsle managed to hold his nerve in the last over conceding eight runs.
In the other match, Dempo Challengers moved up the league table by defeating Prescon Panthers in a closely-contested encounter.
Batting first, the Panthers posted 141 thanks to a quickfire 35 runs by Mehul Jirage and 33 runs by Abhijit Bhandare. Dempo Challengers’ Kiran Shirwaikar and Sazu Naik took two wickets each. When the Challengers came out to bat, they managed to secure a win with a ball to spare and two wickets in hand, following a calm 35 by Mehank Dharwadkar and fine rearguard innings of 30 not out by Dattesh Priolkar.