by Chaitanya Halgekar
As Ketaj kolhapure, captain of Anand Cricket Academy walked at the crease to bat, the scoreboard read 65 for 3 wickets in 11.5 overs. Tension was mounting in Anand Cricket Academy’s dough-out as their last chance of getting in the finals looked obscured.
At the toss, Raju Patil the opposition skipper said he would be more than happy to restrict the batting team under 150. However at the 12th over, reaching 150 looked almost impossible for Anand Cricket Academy.
Ketaj Kolhapure promoted himself at no.5, ahead of Akshay Juvekar who holds the record of scoring the fastest fifty in this tournament. In the previous match Ketaj was out for first ball duck.
Everything was against Ketaj when he faced his first ball. But things changed as he battled and battled hard at the crease. He first rotated the strike and then attacked the bowlers. The run-rate increased and hope was restored in Anand Cricket Academy’s dough-out.
Ketaj first registered a 26 runs vital partnership with Uttam Datta creating the platform and then belted 31 runs with Akshay Juvekar to provide the impetus. He was dismissed when the score was 135 in 18.4 overs.
During his stay at the middle, his team scored 70 runs in 41 balls. In this Ketaj’s contribution was 29 runs of 16 balls. However, the most important stat about his knock was that, in his entire innings he didn’t had a dot ball.
It was due to this unselfish, inspired and determined batting of Ketak Kolhapure, his team managed to score 146 runs in 20 overs.
Perhaps this is what they call, ‘leading from the front.’
- Second Qualifier- Anand’s Cricket Academy vs. Sairaj Yuvraj Warriors- Sairaj Yuvraj Warriors won by 05 wickets.