In the fifth match of the Maharashtra Premier League (MPL 2023) organized by the Maharashtra Cricket Association, Eagle Nashik Titans and Solapur Royals faced each other. After a respectable score by the batsmen, the Nashik team won by as many as 82 runs and reached the top of the points table on the strength of the dangerous bowling by the bowlers.
In the first match of this tournament which is going on at the stadium of Maharashtra Cricket Association in Gahunje, the Solapur Royals team won the toss and decided to bowl first and it was considered successful by their bowlers. Opener Harshad Khadiwale (0 runs) was caught by Vicky Ostwal on the second ball of his bowling. So, Arshin Kulkarni (18 runs), who scored a half-century in the previous match, could not make a big knock today. He was well supported in bowling by fast bowler Pranab Singh.
As the top order batsmen were quickly dismissed, the Nashik team found themselves in trouble at 28 for 3 in 3.5 overs. After that, Kaushal Tambe (27 runs) and Siddhesh Veer tried to save the team’s innings by making a partnership of 51 runs in 40 balls for the fourth wicket. But this time, Kaushal was caught behind the wicket by Solapur spinner Sunil Yadav and gave another blow to Nashik. Then Dhanraj Shinde scored an unbeaten 42 runs in 20 balls with 3 fours and 3 sixes and set up a challenging score for the team. Dhanraj was supported by Akshay Kalokhe (13 runs) and the two put on a 14-ball partnership of 37 runs for the seventh wicket to challenge the team to 161 runs.
The Solapur Royals team, which came down with a challenge of 161 runs, did not meet this challenge. Nashik’s three spinners Prashant Solanki (3-12), Akshay Kalokhe (2-26) demolished Solapur’s innings for 79 all out in 16.3 overs. In this, legspinner Prashant Solanki (3-12), left-armer Akshay Kalokhe (2-26) and Akshay Waikar (1-12) played a valuable role. In this the fight given by Yash Nahar (17 runs), Yasar Sheikh (11 runs), Rishabh Rathod (32 runs) was insufficient.
Left-arm spinner Akshay Kalokhe took two wickets off Atharva Kale (7 runs) and Sunil Yadav (0 runs) in the last four overs of his half and completed his over with it. Now he will have a chance to complete a unique hat-trick against Puneri Bappa on Monday if he takes a first-ball wicket in his first over.
A chance for Eagle Nashik Titans to celebrate a hat trick of victory
Although the Eagle Nashik Titans team has a chance to win for the third time in a row on Monday, they will face a tough challenge from the Puneri Bappa team. In this match, once again, the fight between Rahul Tripathi and Rituraj Gaikwad, who performed brilliantly for the Indian team, will be seen. The main headache for those teams is that Rahul Tripathi hasn’t got the rhythm yet.
If Eagle Nashik Titans win their match against Puneri Bappa on Monday, they will have a chance to top the points table.
(MPL 2023 Eagle Nashik Titans Beat Solapur Royals By 82 Runs Dhanraj Shinde And Prashant Solanki Shines)
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