Pimprikar, Shaikh give Tech Mahindra, Syntel bragging rights

Sports Reporter
Sunday, 4 March 2018

Pune: Sachin Pimprikar’s almost run-a-ball 51 and Sabir Shaikh’s 43-ball 66 steered Tech Mahindra and Syntel respectively to contrasting wins in the FLAME University Corporate Cricket T20 League 2018 at the FLAME University Campus in Lavale on Sunday.

Pimprikar struck 4 fours in his 53-ball 51 as the No 2 batsman shared two crucial stands, first with his opening partner Ankit Thakre (13) worth 20 runs and then 26-run third wicket partnership with Vinit Pathak as Tech Mahindra crossed the 50-run mark. 

Pune: Sachin Pimprikar’s almost run-a-ball 51 and Sabir Shaikh’s 43-ball 66 steered Tech Mahindra and Syntel respectively to contrasting wins in the FLAME University Corporate Cricket T20 League 2018 at the FLAME University Campus in Lavale on Sunday.

Pimprikar struck 4 fours in his 53-ball 51 as the No 2 batsman shared two crucial stands, first with his opening partner Ankit Thakre (13) worth 20 runs and then 26-run third wicket partnership with Vinit Pathak as Tech Mahindra crossed the 50-run mark. 

Tech Mahindra then rode on No 6 batsman Swapnil Thorat’s 35 to post 127 runs for 7 wickets in their allotted 20 overs after being put in to bat by Cybage, who seemed to have lost the plot after deciding to field.

Chasing a challenging total, Cybage were bundled out for 84 in 16.3 overs as Sachin Pimprikar (3 for 13) and Gurpreet Singh (4 for 17) shared seven wickets among themselves.
Only Pratik Pandit (40--29b, 4x4) put up some resistance, but it failed to count.

Shaikh shines for Syntel
Sabir Shaikh was in a hurry as he fired 7 fours and a six as he brought up 43-ball 66 while chasing Siemens’ 141 for 7, but still Syntel needed full 20 overs to achieve the target.
For Siemen’s Himanshu Agarwal (38--31b, 2x4) laid the foundation, while Srinat Santtanam added unbeaten 25 to take them to a challenging total.

Sabir Shaikh went in as No 3 batsman after Syntel lost an opener without any runs on the board and he added 40 runs for the second wicket with Navneet Sharma and 30 runs for the third wicket with Sanket Trivedi (13) but after Shaikh was out caught, Syntel almost crawled towards the target and achieved the winning runs on the last ball of the innings, thanks mainly to Shivraj Pisal’s unbeaten 21.

Pisal was No 7 batsman  and soon after he joined two more wickets fell as Siemens tried to tighten the screws, but his steady batting helped Syntel to tide over the hurdles.

Brief scores:
Tech Mahindra 127 for 7 in 20 overs (Sachin Pimprikar 51 (53b, 4x4), Swapnil Thorat 35 (26b, 3x4, 1x6), Ganesh Misal 3-29, Rakesh Shinde 2-27) beat Cybage 84 all out in 16.3 overs (Pratik Pandit 40 (39b, 4x4), Sachin Pimprikar 3-13, Gurpreet Singh 4-17).
Result: Tech Mahindra won by 43 runs.
Man-of-the-match: Sachin Pimprikar (51 and 3-13).
Siemens 141 for 7 in 20 overs (Himanshu Agarwal 38 (31b, 2x4), Srinat Santtanam 25* (30b), Sanket Trivedi 3-23) lost to Syntel 142 for 8 in 20 overs (Sabir Shaikh 66 (43b, 7x4, 1x6), Shivraj Pisal 21* (19b, 1x6), Rajesh Dhalpe 2-27, Latish Jamdar 2-29).
Result: Syntel won by 2 wickets.
Man-of-the-match: Sabir Shaikh 66.

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