Pune: Cognizant and Sungard profited from stellar batting performances by Aditya Saraswat and Abhijeet Deshpande to log wins in the 2nd Prithvi Edifice Cup 2018 Inter IT T20 Cricket Championship played at the PYC Hindu Gymkhana.
Both Group-A matches went in favour of teams chasing targets; Cognizant aided by Aditya Saraswat (50 off 26 balls) chased Tietos’ 147-run target with 5-wickets to spare and later Sungard had Abhijeet (30 n.o) steer past the paltry 92-run target set by Wipro with 6 wickets in hand.
In the day’s opener, Tieto did well to post 147/5 with the major contribution coming in the form of an 80-run (59 balls) fourth-wicket partnership between Vikram Mali (63) and Prashant Dudhane (34). Cognizant were always a shade ahead in their chase, and with a Aditya (50) holding one end which included four hits each to the ropes and over it, Cognizant made it home with one over to spare.
Later, Wipro’s downfall was triggered by Sungard’s Pawan Anand (2/21), Sumit Chawda (2/11), Kamlesh R. (2/12) and Anil Gughe (2/25) which resulted in just a Wipro: 92-run total. A patient knock by Sushant S. (34; 31 balls) helped Wipro.
In reply, Sungard had a Rohit Shetty (19 n.o) and Abhijeet (30 n.o) engage in an unbeaten 49-run (36 ball) fifth-wicket partnership to overtake the target in 19.5 overs.
Group-A: Tieto: 147/5; 20 Overs (Vikram Mali 63 (58, 5x4, 2x6), Imtiyaz Shaikh 22, Prashant Dudhane 34 (28, 3x4, 1x6), Minhaj Ali 2/24) lost to Cognizant: 150/5; 19 Overs (Minhaj Ali 20, Aditya Saraswat 50 (28, 4x4, 4x6), Naman Sharma 28 n.o. (14, 4x4, 1x6), Jatin Madan 2/19); Group-A: Wipro: 92; 19.4 Overs (Sushant S. 34 (31, 4x4), Pawan Anand 2/21, Sumit Chawda 2/11, Kamlesh R. 2/12, Anil Gughe 2/25) lost to Sungard: 93/4; 11.5 overs (Nitish Sapre 23 (15, 4x4), Rohit Shetty 19 n.o (21, 2x4), Abhijeet Deshpande 30 n.o (21, 5x4).