K&P Constructions outfit edges Union SC in Nyerere Memorial League

26Jul 2021
The Guardian Reporter
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
K&P Constructions outfit edges Union SC in Nyerere Memorial League

THE K&P Constructions' cricketers had to deploy all skills at their disposal to emerge victorious against Union SC in the Super Over of a pulsating 2021 Dar es Salaam Cricket (DC) Mwalimu Nyerere Memorial League (MNML)'s Division B 30 Overs' match, which took place last week.

The K&P Constructions cricket side's Bogineni Prasad poses for a photo with the best player of the match's prize that he won for his impressive displays when his squad locked horns with Union SC in this season's Dar es Salaam Cricket (DC) Mwalimu Nyerere Memorial League (MNML)'s Division B 30 Overs duel last weekend. PHOTO: COURTESY OF DAR ES SALAAM CRICKET

The duel had to be settled via Super Over because both teams were skittled for 155 runs during the regular 30 overs.

The clash earlier had the K&P Constructions outfit winning the toss, electing to bat, and notching 155 runs, losing all wickets in 29.3 overs.

Opening batsman, Hema Suryakant Mullapudi, was the outfit's top run-getter, given he notched 34 runs, clearing the boundary on two occasions.

The fellow opener, Naga Gurijala, had a brief spell, ending with 17 runs blasting three fours.

Another significant showing with the bat came from Harish Munuganti, who notched 12 runs, Venkateswararao Katru that recorded 24 runs which included three fours.

Nassoro Zahoro, deployed at number three, and low order batsman, Shaik Abdul Shaheel, also had two-digit figures, chipping in with 10 runs apiece.

Nageswara Ila Rao and Bogineni Prasad ended two runs short of two-digit figures, somewhat helping their outfit add runs.

Union SC's experienced cricketer Shabbar Rattansi had the best bowling figure, as he ended with a four-wicket haul in six overs.

Sameer Zaidi also played part in limiting the K&P Constructions squad's figure to a manageable total, notching two wickets.

Opening batsman, Kakonzi, was the batsman with the most runs when Union SC took the crease given he notched 37 runs which consisted of seven fours.

Unio SC experienced a wobbly start to their chase, given Aftab Manji that had opened the innings with Kakonzi faced early dismissal.

Ahmed Virjee and Hasnain Damji chipped in with 29 runs and 22 runs respectively.

It all looked well said and done for Union SC, as they sought to chase their opponents' score, with five runs needed and three wickets to go.

Union SC cricketers, by then, were within reach of a successful chase but their efforts to come out victoriously ended in vain.

The K&P Constructions team's bowler, Bogineni Prasad, dashed Union SC's hopes away, as he went through the very strong defense of the latter's batting unit, made up of Virjee, Mohamed Rizvi, and Shabbar Rattansi.

Prasad ultimately drew the game for the K&P Constructions team and brought the game to the Super Over, which is the first of its kind this season in any format.

Union SC batted the allotted over and they lost Shiraz Shokat in the very first ball again by Prasad.

Union SC then scored seven runs and gave K&P Constructions outfit an eight-run target, which happened to be a decent score for the latter.

With a seasoned spinner, Kakonzi, bowling for Union SC, unfortunately, his very first ball was a full toss, which was hit for a boundary by Rao.

Rao however also got out with two runs needed to win. The K&P Constructions squad somehow pulled it off and scored the required runs off the last ball and ultimately had the last laugh.

The team's cricketers had already believed they had lost the game, only to see Prasad come to their rescue.

Prasad was adjudged the best player of the match, he got a prize, which is sponsored by GP Petroleum Ltd, for taking four wickets in the normal game.

The bowler further took the wicket off the first ball of Super Over off big-hitting Shokat.

Union SC had seemed to be contented with a point but they did not know the game was going to the Super Over.

That meant even the point was lost as the competition format requires a winner for which the Super Over was played.

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