City’s future sensations battle it out for T20 Mumbai crown

19-year-old Prithvi Shaw will play 23-year-old Jay Bista in the final of Season 2.

After 12 days of scintillating cricket, only two sides remain- the North Mumbai Panthers and the SoBo SuperSonics, to go at it one last time in a pulsating final on Sunday to lift the coveted trophy. Both these sides have been prolific throughout the campaign, emerging as the group leaders in the group stages. The Panthers as well as the SuperSonics will be playing their first ever final on a sensational Sunday to wrap up a successful Season 2.

This is what to expect from the final.

North Mumbai Panthers

They needed a last ball four from 47-year-old Pravin Tambe to get them over the line in a nail-biting clash against the ARCS Andheri to book a spot for themselves in the final. Despite those last-minute scares, they would be fairly confident of their batting line-up with Prithvi Shaw and Swapnil Salve scoring match-winning fifties last time around. Their other youngsters Karan Nande and Sairaj Patil though would be looking at improvements after losing their wickets cheaply last time around. Even lower down the order, Atif Attarwala has been consistently playing late cameos to ensure his team are very well rounded headed into the final.

On the bowling front, their main spinners Tambe and Rahul Sawant have been consistent throughout the season. Nevertheless, their quality will be tested on a middle wicket at the Wankhede that has proved more batting friendly. Pacers Prathamesh Dake and Attarwala have been on the expensive side so far, although they have contributed to a bulk of the wickets with Attarwala the leading wicket-taker amongst the two teams left in the tournament.

SoBo SuperSonics

The SuperSonics couldn’t have asked for a better game to gear up for the final than their clash against Aakash Tigers where a whole list of records were shattered on the batting front. Their openers Jay Bista and Hersh Tank got the highest partnership ever in T20 Mumbai history, smashing 196 for the first wicket with thir 23-year-old captain getting the first ever century of the competition. Apart from their prolific openers, the core of Yogesh Takawale and Parag Khanapurkar being in good nick so far.

With respect to the bowling, the SuperSonics have a good core of Badre Alam and Dhrumil Matkar leading the line, with the latter registering the first ever fifer of Season 2 in the semi-final. Apart from that, their all-rounders Khizer Dafedar and Khanapurkar have also been brilliant so far but could end up feeling the pressure of a final. The SuperSonics bowlers have conceded more than 160 runs only on two occasions until now and would therefore be optimistic of their chances in the final.  

Kya Bolta Hai?

The SoBo SuperSonics top-order have been prolific this season but that has meant that the middle-order and the lower middle-order has never really been tested. If the Panthers can get a few quick wickets on Sunday, they could emerge victorious.

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