| Sujeet Yadav of Jharia Janbaaz in action at Dhanbad Railway Stadium on Wednesday. (Gautam Dey)
Nirsa Warriors made it two-in-a-row cruising to a comfortable win against Dhanbad Dangers, even as Jharia Janbaaz drubbed Katras King by 42 runs during the ongoing Dhanbad Premier League (DPL), which rolled into its fourth day on Tuesday.
The Shahbaz Nadeem-led Nirsa team dominated the match right from the word go, first choking the Dhanbad outfits run flow and then displaying some sensible batting to get to the target without any panic.
Opting to bat first under floodlights, the Dhanbad batting did not look dangerous at all after being rocked by two early wickets of Ratan Kumar and Sashim Rathor who were sent back to the hut without contributing much to the score. Sandip Gupta, who smacked 55 runs off 43 balls, and Abhishek Chaudhary, however, steadied the innings with some power hitting. Chaudhary carted the Nirsa bowlers for three boundaries and two sixes for his scratchy 35 runs, and helping the Dhanbad team to finish at 136. A below par total, but something that the Dhanbad bowlers could bowl at.
In reply, the Nirsa batsmen, quite in contrast to the struggles of the Dhanbad team, looked at ease on the pitch, milking the singles and getting the odd boundary to keep the runs trickling. Opener Ramiz Nemat, who was declared the Man of the Match, helped himself to 70 runs to give a platform, with Shahbaz Nadeem later playing a handy innings of 37 runs off 36 balls to wrap up the chase in 18.2 overs.
Our plan was to restrict them to 125 or below. Once we came in to bat, our focus was to keep the score board ticking, Nadim told reporters.
In the other match, Jharia Janbaaz registered their third win of the season by trumping Katras King by a huge margin.
The Jharia team, which woke up late in the tournament after losing their first two matches, started their domination of the match by scoring a mammoth 207 runs, after being put into bat first.
Jharia captain Amir Hashmi led the way tonking the bowlers to all parts of the park to score a brisk 86 runs, which contained three towering sixes. The only man from his team who came close to overshadowing Hashmis performance was Ishank Jaggi, who plundered 77 runs in 50 balls to help power Jharia to the highest total in the DPL so far.
Under pressure, the Katras outfit never got off to a flying start. Abhishek Moitra and Gautam Yadav, who scored 56 and 43 runs respectively, did manage to raise some hopes. However, the Jharia bowlers kept hitting the right areas of the pitch to win the match for their side by 42 runs.
Though, Subroto Ghosh picked up three wickets, it was Hashmis heroics that earned him the Man of the Match title.