Top Performers: Aditya Tare, Karan Nande and Sujit Nayak star with the bat

Two magnificent batting performance and a brilliant all-round effort were the highlights on the second day of proceedings.

Day 2 of T20 Mumbai delivered two exciting contests with some brilliant batting and bowling performances from players on all four teams, giving the crowd plenty to cheer for. Let’s take a look at the best from Day 2:

  • Aditya Tare almost wins the game on debut

Playing their first game in T20 Mumbai, Eagle Thane Strikers opted to field and were tasked with chasing 191 against North Mumbai Panthers in the first match of the day. Their chase got off to a poor start as the lost their first wicket just 13 on the scoreboard, but in walked captain Aditya Tare, also making his debut, and steadied the ship alongside Kaushik Chikhalikar, as the pair forged a magnificent 87-run partnership to get their team back in contest.

Following Chikhalikar’s dismissal, Tare continued to carry the innings on his back and smashed a game-high 71 runs in 44 deliveries, which included 10 fours, before being dismissed just eight balls shy from the end of the inning. While his team fell short by just six runs, Tare’s form is a promising sign for the Eagle Thane Strikers moving forward.

  • Karan Nande delivers a man-of-the-match performance

After Sairaj Patil’s dismissal following his quick-fire inning of 46(18), the North Mumbai Panthers needed another batsman to carry the brunt of the team’s batting effort for what remained of their inning and up stepped Karan Nande to deliver a magnificent performance with the bat.

The lower order batsman played some magnificent strokes as well as some cheeky shots, especially in the nineteenth over, where Nande smashed five straight boundaries off Kruthik Hanagavadi’s bowling and took his team to match-winning total of 190. For his crucial half-century, Nande was also awarded the man-of-the-match.   

  • Sujit Nayak has the Midas Touch

Despite coming in to bat lower down the order, NaMo Bandra Blasters ace Sujit Nayak showed just why the team spent the big bucks on him during the auction with his brilliant all-round performance.

The southpaw started off slow but smashed 15 runs in four deliveries in the 17th over to get his innings going. He proceeded to smash three sixes and a boundary in his next 10 deliveries en route to completing a magnificent half century in just 20 balls. During the Blasters’ chase, Nayak proved to be gamechanger yet again, picking up the crucial wicket of Shubham Ranjane before getting another scalp in his subsequent to finish with figures of 2-19 in three overs, capping off an highly impressive performance.  

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