Spinner Abhiyanshu bowls Yellow Sapphire to victory
by Shrutee K/DNS
Mumbai: Abhiyanshu Jha produced a superb bowling spell picking up five wickets which helped Team Yellow Sapphire record a convincing 5-wicket victory against Team Bleed Blue in the final of the Rising Star Premier League Boys’ Under-14 Cricket Tournament, played at the Belapur Sports Association Cricket Ground, Navi Mumbai.
After Team Blue elected to bat first, Yellow Sapphire’s left-arm spinner Abhiyanshu unsettled the rival bastmen with a teasing line and length. Team Blue innings folded for 118 runs in 30.1 overs with Abhiyanshu finishing with impressive bowling figures of 5 for 16 from 6.1 overs. Pratik Laharuka took 2 for 16 from four overs.
Rudra Sukale 29 runs, Lokesh Rathod 28 runs and Pranav Dawoolkar 18 runs were the only Team Blue batsmen to get some runs on the board.
Later, Yellow Sapphire easily chased down the target reaching 119 for the loss of five wickets in 24.5 over and emerge champions.
Smit Kochrekar top-scored with 28 runs while Karan Rajput was unbeaten on 19 runs and Atharva Mayure contributed 18 runs to ensure the team crossed the finish line. Team Blue bowlers Atul Jha 2 for 13 and Lolesh Mistry 2 for 29 picked the wickets.
Brief scores: Team Bleed Blue - 118 all out, in 30.1 overs (Rudra sukale 29, Lokesh Rathod 28, Pranav Dawoolkar 18; Abhiyanshu Jha 5 for 16, Pratik Laharuka 2 for 16) lost to Team Yellow Sapphire – 119 for 5 wickets, in 24.5 overs (Smit Kochrekar 28, Karan Rajput 19 not out, Atharva Mayure 18; Atul Jha 2 for 13, Lokesh Mistry 2 for 29).