Top Performers: Shaw leads by example while bowlers star with three-fers

Deepak Shetty and Atif Attarwala got three wickets each on the night as Shaw emerges as king in the North.

The SoBo SuperSonics and the North Mumbai Panthers played out a thrilling final at a jam packed Wankhede Stadium, to wrap up a supremely successful Season 2. It was the Panthers who ended as victors in a low-scoring thriller with several standout performers on the day, but these were the top three players from super Sunday at the T20 Mumbai league.

Deepak Shetty finds his mojo

SoBo SuperSonics speedster Deepak Shetty started the tournament brilliantly, picking up four wickets off the first two matches, while having an economy under six in both games. He struggled to repeat those heroics though for the rest of the campaign, proving expensive in the games against NaMo Bandra Blasters and Aakash Tigers. Heading into the final, Shetty brought out his A game yet again, picking up staggering figures of 3/24. After Rohan Raje and Dhrumil Matkar had given the SuperSonics two quick wickets, Shetty was introduced to the attack and picked up the wicket of last game’s half-centurion Swapnil Salvi to further consolidate his side’s position. He also got rid of Sairaj Patil that very over which giving away only two runs. Shetty then came back to bowl the 17th over; and delivered once again by picking the wicket of Sumeet Dhekale.

Captain Prithvi to the rescue

The youngest ever captain in Season 2 of T20 Mumbai led by example on the grandest occasion of them all. He scored a match-winning 61 despite losing opening partner Vikrant Auti in the very first over and Karan Nande in the next, the teenager remained firm and continued to fire from the other end. Curbing his natural instincts to play the big shots in the powerplay, Shaw realized the importance of his innings and displayed a maturity way beyond his years. He got three fours and two sixes in that knock, scoring the bulk of his runs in ones and twos despite a maimed foot. The 19-year-old batted through the 20 overs and then was sensational in the field as well, taking two high catches to ensure his side were the champions of the land.

Attarwala sizzles with ball in hand

On a night when Shaw and Shetty starred for their respective sides, it was left-arm pacer Atif Attarwala who took home the man-of-the-match award for his spectacular spell of seam bowling. The North Mumbai Panthers man broke the backbone by dismissing Hersh Tank and Jay Bista, both of whom scored 90 plus runs in the semi-final for the SuperSonics. He returned later on in the innings to pick destructive all-rounder Dhrumil Matkar to register solid figures of 3/20. Apart from his brilliant bowling, Attarwala was also a live wire on the field, affecting the run-out of Rohan Raje which ultimately ended up sealing the game for the North Mumbai Panthers.

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