Chandigarh: Manipur stunned Railways by 48 runs in a Group F match of the IndusInd Bank Nagesh Trophy National T20 Cricket Tournament for the Blind which was played here at the PCA Stadium. Chandigarh secured their second victory, beating Assam by 9 wickets.
Railways won the toss and elected to field. Assam openers Preetam Singh and Ramesh Kumar put up an opening wicket partnership of 112 runs to propel Manipur to a competitive total of 178/4 in there stipulated overs. Preetam Singh scored 63 runs and Ramesh Kumar scored 48 runs. Pradeep Singh finished the innings well with a quick fire of 28. Vijay Kumar took 2 wickets for Railways. In reply, Railways openers started well and stitched together a partnership of 47 runs. After the fall of the first wicket, Railways lost their track and continued to lose wickets at regular intervals. 4 batters fell to run outs in the innings, which ended at 130/7 in 18 overs. Vikas Kumar Yadav top scored with 28 runs for Railways. Preetam Singh of Manipur was awarded the man of the Match.
In the other match of the group, hosts Chandigarh thumped Assam by 9 wickets riding on a brilliant century by opener Mau Jahid Khan who scored his second consecutive century of the tournament. Chasing a target of 166 runs, Chandigarh reached the target in just 10 overs with the loss of one wicket. Jahid scored 105 runs in 51 balls with the help of 19 boundaries. Ved Prakash remained unbeaten with 30 runs. Earlier Chandigarh had won the toss and sent Assam to bat first. Assam riding on a brilliant 3rd wicket partnership between Manjit Chowdhury and Deben Adhikari of 108 runs, scored 165 runs for the loss of 2 wickets but at the end it was not enough to contain Chandigarh. Mau Jahid Khan was declared the man of the match for his brilliant batting performance.
Fondly recalling the first national tournament that was held in the year 1990 where he participated representing the Institutions of Karnataka, Dr Mahantesh G Kivadasannavar, Founder Managing Trustee of Samarthanam Trust for the Disabled and President Cricket Association for the Blind India said, “National Tournament for the Blind has come a long way. It has shaped thousands of cricketers in the last 30 years. It has moulded and provided the opportunity to players to choose the various walks of life bringing in the much-needed confidence and self-esteem”.
Railways is a new entrant to Nagesh Trophy this year and the Chairman of the trophy said on this development, “Nagesh Trophy is a platform to identify the new talent and nurture them with proper guidance. Cricket Association for the Blind in India has been reaching out to all the blind players across India to form the associations which could help the players with the opportunity to represent the country. The visually impaired employees at Indian Railways approached CABI few years ago and they were given permission to establish themselves and form a cricket team at Indian Railways. This is a major boost to the employees and this will help many more players to find employability.”
The last day of the Group F matches will be held tomorrow at PCA Stadium. Assam will play against Manipur and the host Chandigarh will face Railways.
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