Kanchenjunga Warriors go top
13th September 2021
Last evening's Durgapur Dazzlers versus Kolkata Heroes match will remain as one of the memorable encounters of Byju's Bengal T20 Challenge.
Not only because it was the first super over of the tournament but because of a young wicket-keeper batsman proving himself both behind and in front of the stumps and an experienced all-rounder rattling opponent's batters to leak only 4 runs in the super over to power their team to top of the table.
Young Shakir Habib Gandhi's masterclass batting along with Sandipan Das's ruthless spell last evening helped Durgapur Dazzlers win against a strong Kolkata Heroes side by 20 runs in super over after the 13 overs per side game was resulted into a draw.
Ritwik Roy Chowdhury's and team could not reap the rewards after Alok Pratap Singh kept them alive in the game taking 2 wickets in the last over defending 73/8 to move the match into super over.
Youngster Shakir, already beeming confidance from the match saving 25 off 14 balls, when given chance to open for Durgapur in the super over struck 2 sixes and as many boundaries. He also amde 2 run out behind the stumps.
Shakir said to CAB media: "I was focused to help my team win the game and in the short formats you have to be ready to hit whenever you team needs. I am thankful to my team for giving me the opportunity to perform. There was no pressure."
Shakir made 6-ball 22 while Abhishek Das remained spectator at the other end with 1 from as many balls, so was experienced Kolkata bowler Ramesh Prasad.
" I was confident against him as we both play at the same club (Tapan Memorial) and I have faced him at nets. So I had some ideas about where he's going bowl and it worked for me," he said when asked about facing experienced Ramesh in the super over.
The young Durgapur wicket-keeper was run out on the last ball of the innings as his team made 24/1.
Sandipan Das was given the responsibility to defend the total and the all-rounder did it in exquisite manner leaking just 4 runs, taking 2 wickets and winning the super over with 2 balls left to play.
CAB MEDIA DESK