Cooch Behar Trophy: Five by Mandar Mahale gives Vidarbha the hope of a great victory against Kerala
NAGPUR: Send Mahale He has been showing Vidarbha Colts the way with his feats with the bat and the ball. The SUV has published its best performances every time your team needs it.
On Saturday, Mahale off-spinner produced a decisive show against Kerala. The man attended by the Vidarbha collected five wickets in his 6 spell to derail the hosts on day 1 of the four-day Under-19 match Cooch Behar Trophy in Alappuzah
The five of Mahale have given a much-needed boost to the Vidarbha campaign. The lack of application in a couple of games has put them in a win situation with two games ahead, including the Kerala match.
The responsibility fell to the Vidarbha bowlers after Kerala chose to hit. The team led by Aman Mokhade rode the Mahale test line (9-4-15-5) around the stump to dodge the hosts for only 135 runs in 50.3 overs.
In response, Vidarbha comfortably placed 117 for 3 of 37 leftovers in stumps. They are 18 races away from taking the crucial lead with key hitters: Danish Malewar (16 * of 56b) and Mahale (10 * of 31b) in the fold.
The off-spinner Mahale, who picked up his second five-wicket tour in the tournament, was too hot for Kerala hitters. It was presented when No. 3 Varun Nayanar (33 of 51b) and No. 4 Aadidev TJ (8 of 33b) looked comfortable in the middle.
The Nayanar-Aadidev couple dealt well with Vidarbha's key pacemaker, Rahul Dongarwar (1-11), Praful Hinge (1-38) and left-hand spinner Harsh Dubey (1-51). They played about nine overs between them after losing the two starters Riya Basheer (0) and Abhishek Nair (16 of 28b) within 10 over.
Once Mahale was introduced after the first beverage break, Kerala lost his way when the spinner played all the right notes with complete control. Kerala was comfortable with 58 of 2 in 18 overs on board.
However, Mahale wove a net around the rivals. Roulette took the next five wickets in succession. He only reduced Kerala to 88 for 7 by 30.1 more. Mahale has been excellent this season, he has accumulated 23 wickets in the tournament so far.
Post Mahale’s show, No.9 Adithya Krishnan (21) and Kiran Sagar (14) made some useful contributions towards the end to take the total to past 100-run mark. It was the sixth match and thirteenth innings that Kerala have failed to cross 200-run mark. Their highest this season in all the matches is 182 against Jharkhand in Alappuzah
After Mahale's feat with the ball, the starters of Vidarbha, Avesh Sheikh (35 of 58b) and Mohd Faiz (30 of 41b) gave them a good start. They posted a 74-run job in the first hour before Faiz left in the 16th. In the next 13 dances, Avesh followed Faiz. Later, Captain Mokhade and Malewar directed the entrances beyond 100, but Mokhade's concentration span gave Kerala his third gate.
Kerala 135 all in 50.3 overs (Varun Nayanar 33, Adithya Krishnan 21; Send Mahale 5-15, Rohit Dattatraya 2-18, Rahul Dongarwar 1-11, Praful Hinge 1-38, Harsh Dubey 1-51) vs Vidarbha 117 for 3 in 37 overs (Avesh Sheikh 35, Mohd Faiz 30; Alfi Francis 1-21, Adithya Krishnan 1-31, Kiran Sagar 1-32).