Rahul’s all-round show helps Kings prevail

Rahul Chattwani was the architect of Petrochem Sindhi Kings’ five-wicket win over Neel Mighty Sindhis in the Sindhi Premier Cricket League being organised by the Sindhi Cricket Club under the auspices of the Dubai Cricket Council (DCC) at 7he Sevens ground, according to a Press release.

Man-of-the-match Rahul bamboozled the Neel batsman with five wickets to keep them down to 134 for 8 from their 25 overs and later contributed 31 before retiring having faced 30 balls to see his team to their seventh win from 10 matches.

Neel, on the other hand, have lost all ten matches they have played. Neel got off to one of their better starts in the tournament when their top three batsmen were among the runs.Openers Gaurav Rajkumar and Vishal Hiranandani put on 39 runs.

Gaurav’s 25 came off 31 balls and consisted of two fours, while Vishal too hit two boundaries in his 15 from 22 balls.

It was a good platform for the rest of the batsmen to come and build on it.

But except for Ronit Phulwani, who hit 26, the other batsmen just capitulated against some superb bowling from Rahul, whose bowling figures read 4-0-22-5.

Petrochem too were rocked early losing opener Avinash Kalwani for nought. But Rahul and Deep Kundwani strung a 68-run partnership to take the team closer to victory.

Rahul had to retire on 31 after facing 30 balls, which is the rule of the tournament, and Deep hit 30 from 25.

At this stage the match was still evenly poised but Neeraj Makhija settled their nerves with a timely unbeaten 32 to win the match for Petrochem on the last ball.

Brief scores

Petrochem Sindhi Kings beat Neel Mighty Sindhis by five wickets.

Neel Mighty Sindhis 134 for 8 in 20 overs (Ronit Phulwani 26, Gaurav Rajkumar 25, Paresh Amarnani 18, Vishal Hiranandani 15, Pramanand Mohnani 13; Rahul Chattwani 5/22, Sunil Lakhani 2/27, Deep Kundwani 1/19) lost to Petrochem 135 for 5 in 20 overs (Neeraj Makhija 32 n.o,Rahul Chattwani 31 retd, Deep Kundwani 30, Narendra Sidhwani 15; Vishal Hiranandani 3/30, Gaurav Rajkumar 1/30,Bhavin Mehta 1/17). Man of the Match: Rahul Chattwani of Petrochem Sindhi Kings

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