Youngster Shakir shines as Durgapur Dazzlers
beat Kolkata Heroes in super over
12th September 2021
Young wicket-keeper batsman Shakir Habib Gandhi put up a brilliant show both behind and in front of the stumps to help Durgapur Dazzlers notch a stunning super over win against Kolkata Heroes in Byju's Bengal T20 Challenge match today at Eden Gardens.
Durgapur sent in Shakir along with Abhishek Das to bat in the super over and the wicket-keeper batsman struck 6-ball 22 containing 2 sixes and as many boundaries to post a challenging 25-run target in front of Kolkata.
Shakir did well earlier in the match too scoring 25, highest for his team and bagged 2 run outs.
Sandipan Das bowled for Durgapur in the super over and kept the noose tight around their opponents as they could score only 4 runs before losing 2 wickets of Karan Lal and Shvankar Bal to finish the game with 2 balls left to play.
The rain affected match was reduced to 11 overs per side game. Put to bat first Kolkata were restricted to 73/8 and Durgapur got a revised target of 75 runs by VJD method. Durgapur levelled the score losing all wickets to move the game into super over.
Alok Pratap Singh kept his cool when Durgapur needed 1 run off the last 2 balls to win and kept Kolkata alive in the game.
Durgapur did not get off to a good start while chasing as they lost 3 batters in exchange of just 18 runs. Alok drew the first blood removing Abhishek Das in the first over and Karan bagged 2 wickets.
After Subham Chatterjee's (13) innings came to an end it was youngster Shakir Habib Gandhi who stepped up with the bat to score a crucial 14-ball 25 to level the scores.
Geet Puri did well with the ball bagging 3 wickets at crucial times while Alok showed great discipline to defend the 5 runs in the last over after bagging 2 consecutive wickets in the last over. Alok finished with a figure of 3 for 17.
Karan Lal put up a good show with the bat scoring 25 off 15 balls, highest for his team and bagged 2 crucial wickets with the ball to turn the game in favour of Kolkata at several occasions.
Earlier batting first Arnab Sikdar (5) and Kolkata skipper Ritwik Roy Chowdhury were removed by Ravikant Singh in the second over.
After losing two batters early Karan along with Ranjot Singh Khaira had to show patience while trying to build to steady partnership and while trying to arrest the slide it became hard for Kolkata to give their opponents a bigger target to chase.
Karan went back trying to hit Sandipan Das out of the park while Suvankar Bal followed his steps to 4 balls later as Durgapur Skipper Abhishek Raman caught him in the same over.
Writtick Chatterjee and Sk Fardeen Haque bagged 1 wicket apiece for Durgapur as Kolkata's innings ended on 73/8.
CAB MEDIA DESK