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MCC scored a resounding eight-wicket victory over Chowgule Sports Club while Khorlim XI ousted Super Sixers by 65 runs to book their spot in the quarter-finals of the inaugural edition of Manohar Parrikar Trophy T20 cricket tournament, organised by Yuva de Goa in association with Pilerne Cricket Club at GCA academy in Porvorim on Monday.
MCC were totally dominant over their rivals chasing the 101-run target in 13 overs with Goa U-23 batsman Manthan Khutkar remaining unbeaten on 52 runs after another Goa first-team's young pacer Nihal Surlakar wrecked the Chowgule innings with a five-wicket haul to bag the man-of-the-match award.
Chowgule captain Mahesh Rao had elected to bat after winning the toss but their plan did not work out as his side were bowled out for a paltry total of 100 in 18.4 overs. Only a couple of batsmen got off to a decent start. Goa Ranji Trophy batsman Srinivas Fadte scored 29 runs while his state team-mate Sumiran Amonkar could only manage 28 runs off his 18-ball knock that contained two boundaries and two sixers. Shivam Amonkar (11) and Felix Alemao (10), helped push the team total into triple digits.
MCC pacer Nihal, who was a part of Goa squad for BCCI Vijay Hazare Trophy this season, ripped through the Chowgule batting line-up with his 3.4 overs yielding five wickets for just 17 runs. Shreyas Usgaonkar took two wickets while MCC captain and Goa Ranji Trophy all-rounder Darshan Misal, Somesh Prabhudessai and Kaushal Hattangadi claimed one wicket each.
Earlier in the first match of Matchday 4, Khorlim XI cruised to a 65-run win against Super Sixers. Former Goa Ranji Trophy all-rounder Amit Yadav contributed with the bat (39) and ball (2 wickets), to be named man-of-the-match.
Led by ex-Ranji Trophy all-rounder Saheel Dhuri, Khorlim XI posted a mammoth total of 201/6 after electing to bat. This is the highest total of the tournament so far, overtaking Porvorim Warriors’ 200/5 against Dukes Cricketers.
Khorlim XI rode on the second-wicket partnership of 108 runs between Aditya Kaushik (59 off 41balls) and Amit Yadav (39 off 34 balls) to set a strong foundation for their team. Aditya, who hit five fours and three sixers, and Amit, whose knock consisted of five fours and a sixer, hardly faced any difficulty facing the Super Sixers attack before they ultimately got out. Goa all-rounder Maliksab Shirur scored 23 runs including two sixers and a boundary; while talented young opener Ishan Gadekar, who made his debut for Goa this season at the BCCI Vijay Hazare Trophy, contributed a quick-fire 20 runs off just eight deliveries, striking good-looking shots for three fours and a sixer.
Super Sixers were guilty of giving away 31 extras but in general, their bowlers lacked the quality to trouble Khorlim XI. Amod Borkar took two wickets while Siddhesh Alvekar, Siddharth Ghanekar and Sanath Mhapne picked up a wicket each.
In reply, Super Sixers lost wickets at regular intervals and their failure to stitch a notable partnership prevented them from getting into a contest. Sanath Mhapne scored 41 runs off 30 balls. His knock comprised five boundaries and a sixer.
Khorlim XI's Ninad Pawaskar (2/13), Saheel Dhuri (2/17) and Amit Yadav (2/19) did not allow Super Sixers batsmen any sort of freedom to play their shots, in what was a comfortable win for the Mapusa-based side.