Mithun, Akhil steer KSCA XI to quarterfinals

Cricket: KSCA all-India invitation tournament: All three host teams enter last eight


BIG SCALP: KSCA XI paceman A Mithun exults after getting rid of Ajay Ratra of ONGC in the KSCA all-India invitation tournament at the Chinnaswamy stadium on Friday. DH Photo

Chasing 325 on a slow pitch, ONGC needed a good start and steady partnerships, but the visitors failed on both fronts as they were bundled out for 210. KSCA XI will take on KSCA Colts in the quarterfinals beginning on Sunday.

The ONGC performance presented a poor picture as their batsmen never managed to take control. In fact, Akhil (7-3-10-3) and fellow medium-pacer A Mithun (14-1-46-4) did not allow them to do so, bowling hostile spells.

Not even when two former India players -- Gagan Khoda and Ajay Ratra -- were at the crease did things look bright for ONGC. Khoda made 36 while Ratra compiled a patient fifty (57, 94b, 8x4) but those efforts were inadequate to make any impact on the course of the match.

They would have lost by a much higher margin, but Sarandeep Singh made a quick 44 to take them past the 200-run mark.

The KSCA Colts had a different tale to tell, suffering a narrow four-run defeat to DY Patil Sports Academy at the JIRS grounds in a match reduced to 90 overs.

DY Patil had put a massive 368-run target in front the Colts, but the home side did not get bogged down. KL Rahul 123 (19x4, 1x6) and Kunal Kapoor (116, 10x4) led the Colts’ charge with gutsy knocks as they appeared on course for a remarkable victory.

However, DY Patil found their own hero in Iqbal Abdulla, the Mumbai left-arm spinner taking five for 98 as the Colts settled for 363 for nine in their 90 overs.

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Brief scores: At Chinnaswamy stadium: KSCA XI: 324 all out in 97.3 overs bt ONGC: 210 all out in 50 overs (Gagan Khoda 36, Ajay Ratra 57, Sarandeep Singh 44; A Mithun 4-46, B Akhil 3-10).

At JIRS grounds: Dr DY Patil Sports Academy: 367/8 in 90 overs (Sarvesh Damble 65, Iqbal Abdulla 94, Ryan Ninan 33; SL Akshay 2-66, C Raghavendra 2-81) bt  KSCA Colts:
363/9 in 90 overs (KL Rahul 123, Kunal Kapoor 116, Raju Bhatkal 25 n.o.; Iqbal Abdulla 5-98).

At RWF grounds: Air India Sports Club: 353 all out in 96.2 overs bt KSCA President’s XI: 249 all out in 86.5 overs (Karun Nair 106, Devraj T Patil 64; Mandeep Mangela 2-41, Harmeet Singh 2-43, Ajith Chandela 4-71).

At NRA grounds: Tamil Nadu Cricket Association: 180 all out in 50.2 overs bt Orissa Cricket Association: 124 all out in 56.2 overs (Subit Biswal 44; R Jesuraj 3-29, J Kaushik 2-31, C Ganapathy 2-17, R Prasanna 2-15).

Quaterfinal line-up: KSCA XI vs KSCA Colts (Chinnaswamy stadium); Air India vs Railways (RWF); TNCA vs KSCA President’s XI (IAF); Dr DY Patil Sports Academy vs Kerala (NRA).

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