K&P Constructions' cricketers stretch winning run in 2021 DC Gymkhana

15May 2021
The Guardian Reporter
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
K&P Constructions' cricketers stretch winning run in 2021 DC Gymkhana

THE K&P Constructions cricket side has stretched its winning streak in the 2021 Dar es Salaam Cricket (DC) Gymkhana Cup showdown's Division A after commanding a five-wicket victory over Dar Black Panthers in a tie held in the city early this week.

The K&P Constructions cricket team.

The win has seen K&P Constructions squad enjoy the driver's seat in Group C with six points, having posted victory in three games and lost one.

The Group C leaders have in 1.0705 net run rate, amassing 447 runs and giving away 388 runs.

Opener Hema Suryakant Mullapudi put scintillating displays with the bat as K&P Constructions squad easily tamed Dar Black Panthers.

Dar Black Panthers went in to bat first, notching 95 runs for the loss of eight wickets in 20 overs.

Gurvinder Singh and Imrankhan Pathan were among the batsmen who put good knocks to show and brought the team to five runs short of triple-digit total.

Singh ended as the team's top run-getter, recording 26 runs which consisted of three fours.

They displayed an encouraging start, given opener Pathan recorded 15 runs in a spell which saw him clear the boundary on three occasions.

They later experienced three quick dismissals of top order batsmen, which to some extent weakened their batting resolve.

The squad's skipper, Chirayush Barot, was one of the victims of an early exit, ending five runs short of a two-digit figure.

K&P Constructions side's bowler Visswanath Bathala brought Barot's presence at the crease to an end, as he bowled the latter.

Prasad Baraskar gave his all in a bid to give the squad the much-needed confidence, he recorded 17 runs

Munish Kumar, slotted in at middle order, ended up notching 14 runs which included two fours.

Their efforts to end the innings with a convincing total were dealt a huge blow following Singh's exit.

He was caught by K&P Constructions outfit's Mullapudi from Ramalingaiah Neelam's delivery.

Shaik Abdul Shaheel and skipper Lakshmikanth Sukavasi had most wickets during K&P Constructions outfit's bowling spell, ending their respective spells with two wickets apiece.

Shaheel had two maiden overs in his four-over spell, which saw him give away 12 runs

Sukavasi conceded 16 runs in four overs, ending with 4.00 in economy rate.

Needing 96 runs to emerge victoriously, K&P Constructions gallantly chased Dar Black Panthers' score, notching 97 runs for five wickets in 15.3 overs.

They showed intention to mount a successful chase early on, with opener Mullapudi confidently cracking balls all over the pitch.

He was eventually the batsman with the best innings, registering unbeaten 51 runs, which included five fours.

Naga Gurijala, who opened the innings with Mullapudi, scored 15 runs which included two fours.

Suman Emuru, who came on at number three, saw to it K&P Constructions team are within reach of the win, scoring 13 runs which included a six.

Much as they faced quick dismissals of the other key players, Harish Munuganti, Shaheel, and Bogineni Prasad, they had what it takes to wade off Dar Black Panthers' pressure.

Second-placed Annadil Burhani, who are K&P Constructions outfit's closest challengers, are two points below the group leaders.

Patel Brotherhood comes third after posting one victory and one loss, which have seen the side settle for 0.1021 in net run rate.

Alaf Aces and Alaf Aces are placed fourth and fifth respectively.

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