PANAJI: Dempo Challengers have set Prescon Panthers a target of 156 in the Panjim Gymkhana Members League here on Sunday morning.
Playing their first match of the unique PGML T20 exclusive members league, Dempo Challengers elected to bat on winning the toss of the coin flipped by chief guest former First Class cricketer Sharad Pednekar.
Geet Sail was the top scorer with 36 runs off 48 balls. He struck three boundaries in his patient knock. Captain Mukhtar Kadri provided the much needed aggression to the inning with a 23-ball 35, which included three boundaries and two sixers. Kiran Shirwaikar came up with the final flourish as his 14-ball 25 took Dempo beyond the 150-mark. He struck three boundaries and one maximum. All-rounder Mehank Dharwadkar contributed 20 runs with 2 boundaries in his 14-ball stay at the crease.
Dempo batters were slow to get into the groove and the two major partnerships of their innings were 37 for the fourth wicket between Geet and Mukhtar; 29 for the 5th wicket between Mukhtar and Kiran as Dempo reached a decent total of 155/5.
Prescon Panthers’ Narayan Kambli and Rohit Salgaonkar picked up a wicket each.