St. Columba girls emerge champions
St. Columba School, Gamdevi overcame the challenge of Shardashram Vidyamandir, Dadar to emerge champions in the Girls' U-16 finals of the Mumbai leg of Mumbai Indians Junior 2020 cricket tournament on Friday. St. Columba rode on Tushi Shah's stellar batting performance to beat the defending champions by 15 runs.
Tushi hammered 82 runs off just 57 balls to help St. Columba post a healthy total of 167/9 in the stipulated 25 overs. Tushi's valiant knock gave impetus to her school's innings to set the platform for a good total. Vaidehi Pofale later played a breezy knock of unbeaten 21 to give St. Columba bowlers a defendable score.
Shardashram batswomen gave a tough fight but some disciplined bowling performance from St. Columba always kept them behind the asking rate. In the end, Shardashram finished well short of the target, managing 152/9 in 25 overs.
Meanwhile, in the Boys' U-14 category Al Barkat Malik English School continued their march by reaching the final on Friday. Yaseen Shaikh put up a solid all-round performance with 23 runs off 27 balls and scalped four wickets for just 16 runs to star in an emphatic 68-run win over New English School, Bandra.
Batting first, Al-Barkat were all-out for 155 in 35.4 overs. Sunny Singh scored fifty and Aryan Shejule made 39 runs. Shaikh also contributed well with the bat to help his side post a decent total despite a few hiccups.
IES New English faltered in the chase as Shaikh and his team-mates ran through their batting line-up to bowl the rivals out for 87 in 35.5 overs.
Al-Barkat now faces off inter-school giants Rizvi Springfield High School, Bandra in the final.
St. Columba School (Gamdevi) 167/9 in 25 overs (Tushi Shah 82, Vaidehi Pofale 21*) beat Shardashram Vidyamandir (Dadar) 152/9 in 25 overs, by 15 runs.
Player of the Match: Tushi Shah of St. Columba School (Gamdevi) for scoring 82(57).
Al Barkat Malik English School 155/10 in 35.4 overs (Sunny Singh 50, Aryan Shejule 39) beat IES New English School (Bandra) 87/10 in 35.5 overs, by 68 runs.
Player of the Match: Yaseen Shaikh of Al Barkat Malik English School- 6.5 overs- 1 maiden- 16 runs- 4 wickets and for scoring 23(27)