PUNE: Kiran Deshmukh’s unbeaten 57 and his two worthy partnerships helped Prithvi Lions to post a commanding total and then restrict Jets well before the target to win title of the 2018 Poona Club Premier League Cricket tournament at the Poona Club cricket ground here.
Deshmukh opened the innings for Prithvi Lions and attacked from the start smashing 3 fours and 4 sixes in his 25-ball 57 and on the way he shared two stands that gave solidity to Lions’ innings.
His first wicket stand of 36 with Tushar Aswani laid the foundation and then Deshmukh shared 31-run second wicket partnership with Shivam Jha as Lions posted 78 for 2 in 6 overs.
Chasing a challenging total, Jets were crippled early on when their openers Chirag Lulla (9) and Puneet Samani (0) fell cheaply. Lions tightened their grip over the match thanks to incisive bowling by Harshwardhan Patil, Tushar Aswani and Kiran Deshmukh who snapped one wicket each.
Jets could score 58 for 6 in their allotted 6 overs handing Lions 20-run win in the final. Earlier in the semifinals, Jets had scored a narrow3-run win over the high-flying Saliors thanks to Sharan Singh’s three-wicket haul.
Jets had scored 71 for 4 thanks to Chirag Lulla’s 51 and then Sumiran Mehta (23) and Kunal Agarwal (19) did well for Sailors during their chase but Sharan Singh (3-6) foiled their plans and took Jets into the final.
In the second semifinal, Lions were propped up by Deshmukh’s 57 not out, an identical innings he repeated in the final. Posting 79 for 1 in 6 overs, Lions then stopped All Stars in their tracks 11 runs short of target.
Lions 78 for 2 in 6 overs (Kiran Deshmukh 57*, Rohit Shah 1-11) beat Jets 58 for 6 in 6 overs (Rohit Jadhav 22, Sharan Singh 13, Tushar Aswani 1-12, Harshwardhan Patil 1-8, Kiran Deshmukh 1-3).
Jets 71 for 4 in 6 overs (Chirag Lulla 51, Punit Samani 17, Sumiran Mehta 3-6) beat Sailors 68 for 6 in 6 overs (Sumiran Mehta 23, Kunal Agarwal 19, Sameer Dhage 16, Sharan Singh 3-6).
Lions 79 for 1 in 6 overs (Kiran Deshmukh 57*, Tushar Aswani 21, Hiren Parmar 1-16) beat All Stars 68 for 5 in 6 overs (Amit Kamat 14, Rohit Charya 14, Pankaj Dahane 15, Khalid Parwani 15, Kiran Deshmukh 2-8).