Updated: Three-time semi-finalists Mumbai Heroes has defeated Punjab De Sher in the opening match played at Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on Saturday, 23 January. The Bollywood team won the match with a huge margin of 98 runs.
It was a one-sided match, which was completely dominated by Mumbai Heroes. The real hero of the innings was Shabir Ahluwalia, who hit 69 from 29 balls. After winning the toss, Mumbai Heroes' Captain Riteish Deshmukh had opted for batting first and that decision worked in favour of his team big time.
|Punjab De Sher Batting Card||Runs||Balls|
|G Chahal||b Deshmukh||0||3|
|Hans||c Bherwani b Deol||16||18|
|Rai||c Sengupta b Deshmukh||10||11|
|Gill||c Kocchar b Bherwani||14||18|
|Sapru||st Sengupta b Bherwani||9||18|
|Khargoud||run out (Bherwani)||30||15|
|G Chahal||b Lakhia||1||9|
|Mumbai Heroes Bowling Card|
|FoW: 1-0. 2-34, 3-40, 4-62, 5-75, 6-80, 7-87, 8-117, 9-120|
|Mumbai Heroes Batting Card||Runs||Balls|
|Kocchar||c Chahal b Gill||36||18|
|Bherwani||c Chahal b Sood||46||37|
|Ahluwalia||c Kharoud b Gill||69||29|
|Lakhia||c Sapru b Gill||4||3|
|Shivdasani||c Hans b Rai||10||07|
|Bhanushali||run out (Ghuggi)||2||1|
|Deol||still to bat|
|Sengupta||still to bat|
|Sadanand||still to bat|
|Punjab De Sher Bowling Card|
|FoW: 1-44. 2-105, 3-200, 4-205, 5-206, 6-219, 7-222|
Punjab De Sher Innings:
The Punjab team loses seven wickets by the end of 15 overs for the score of 87 runs. None of the batsmen has contributed big which has affected the team badly. R Bherwani has done his magic in bowling department too by picking three wickets.
Between 5-10 Overs
By the end of 10 over, Punjab Der Sher has lost 3 wickets for the score of 60 runs.Sapru (8 from 15 balls) and Gill (8 from 13 balls) are in the crease.
In the First Five Overs
Mumbai team gets a dream start as Deshmukh picks the opening wicket in the first over itself. The captain delivers another blow to the opposition in his third over. By the end of five overs, the Punjab team is struggling at 34-2.
The Bollywood team puts on 222 runs on board. Shabir Ahluwalia undoubtedly remains the hero of this innings.
Between 15-20 Overs
Ahluwalia hits two '4s' and two '6s' in the 17th over to take the total to 194-2. He also crosses 50-mark. However, their partnership was broken by Sonu Sood by picking up the wicket of Raja Bherwani, who scored 46 from 37 balls. Apporva Lakhia is the next batsman. The great innings of Shabir Ahluwalia came to an end in 18 over. He hit 69 runs from 29 balls. The final total of Mumbai Heroes in 222/6.
Between 10-15 Overs
Shabir Ahluwalia joins Bherwani after Mumbai Heroes lost its second wicket. The duo keeps up the momentum as they take the total to 162/2 by the end of 15 overs. While Ahluwalia has quickly moved on to 45 from 20 balls, Bherwani has scored 33 from 29 deliveries.
Between 5-10 Overs
Deshmukh and Raja Bherwani dominate the Punjab De Sher bowlers as they succesfully cross the 100-mark. Their partnership of 61 run from 36 balls comes to an after the Mumbai Heroes captain was bowled by Binnu Dhillon. He hit six '4s' in his short innings. The total of Mumbai Heroes stands at 105-2 by the end of 10 overs.
In the first 5 Overs:
Samir Kochhar gave a flying start to Mumbai Heroes by smashing 36 of just 18 balls. For the opening wicket, he and Deshmukh put on 44 runs in four overs before the Punjab team got its first wicket in the form of Kocchar. Raja Bherwani is the new man into the crease. The Bollywood team ends up scoring 59-1 by the end of five overs.