PANAJI: Prescon Panthers registered a three-wicket victory over LPK11 in the opening match of Panjim Gymkhana Members League (PGML) T20 cricket at PG ground, Campal, here on Saturday afternoon.

Chasing LPK 11 total of 154/9, Prescon rode on solid knocks of Iftikar Agha (38) and Swayam Naik (38), to reach 155/7 in 17.3 overs and make a winning start to the inaugural exclusive members T20 league.

Iftikar and Swayam put on a crucial 62-run partnership for the fifth wicket to provide the spine to the run chase after Prescon had got off to a shaky start.

Iftikar Agha of Prescon Panthers receives the man of the match award from Kirit Maganlal (centre) Suresh Mahadevan and Panjim Gymkhana president Manoj Caculo (left)

Iftikar, who was named man of the match, slammed five boundaries and two sixers in his 18-ball knock while Swayam hit three sixers and two boundaries in his 19-ball stay at the crease. Captain Prajyot Rivonkar scored 20 runs. For LPK 11, Anish Kakode picked up two wickets, giving away 19 runs off his 3 overs.

Earlier having put into bat, a strokeful unbeaten 44-run knock by captain Anup Kudchadkar was the highlight of LPK 11’s inning of 154/9.

LPK got off to a flying start with Anup playing the big shots from the outset. His 21-ball stay at the crease, provided good entertainment as he hit six fours and 2 sixes. Devidas Kholkar also played a notable role, contributing 38 runs in 33 balls.  His knock comprised four boundaries. Manish Kakode scored 31 runs in 22 balls, which included one sixer and a four.

Prescon Panthers’ Vivek Karapurkar picked up two wickets giving away 25 runs in his 3 overs.


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