Gondaria steers Kanbis to win over Gymkhana

By sportsnewsarena correspondent
Sep 22, 2014
  • Kanbis Rajesh Bhudhia in action.(Photo by Shutterspeed)

Dhiren Gondaria hit 86 from 65 balls to ensure Kanbis added another trophy on their cabinet after beating Nairobi Gymkhana by 53 runs in the during the Harilal Shah T20 Memorial Tournament at Nairobi Gymkhana on Saturday.

Batting first, Kanbis scored 185 for 8, and although Karan Kaul (48) and Harrison Ambani (34) put up a spirited fight in the second inning that wasn’t enough to earn them silverware as Gymkhana were bowled out for 132 in 18.3 overs.

Rajesh Varsani returned 4 for 27 from 4 overs to emerge as Kanbis' bowling star.

After the early loss of Narendra Patel on 4, Gondaria and Rakep Patel gave a Kanbis good platform. The two players who have in the past shown that they can take the game away from the opposition with their pace of scoring, did exactly that by putting on 82 runs for the second wicket.

Of the two right handers, it was Patel who took the early initiative on his way to scoring 37 runs. Despite the dismissal of Rakep who was caught off Ambani after hitting four fours and two sixes, this partnership that lasted 7.1 overs had put Kanbis on track for a winning total though.

But after the dismissal of Rakep, Gondaria ensured that Kanbis didn’t lose steam in the remaining overs with some big hits to get to the only half ton of the match.

Gondaria then got the scores to 110 with Rajesh Varsani (13) and then 159 with Vinod Rabadai (15) before he was brilliantly caught a long off by Divesh Patel off the first ball of the 18th over.

Gondaria who was part of the national cricket team that won the Africa Cricket Cup in South Africa, hit ten fours and a two huge sixes during his inning.

“I am happy with how I batted despite losing wickets at one end. It was upon one of the top four batters to bat to the end and I think I did exactly that,” said Gondaria after the inning.

Although Praveen Rao was the most successful Gymkhana bowler with 3 for 33, the most impressive was Ambani, who returned 2 for 16 . Gymkhana needed a good start from its top order, but wickets fell regularly.

Kaul held his end up with 48 off 46, but by the time he was out after putting on 29 with Ambani, the score was 81 for 4, and Kanbis was firmly in control.

Ambani , who had come in at No.5, stayed resolute and was the only one to put up a fight in the middle ,with 34 that included three sixes. His entertaining knock came to an end with four overs to go when he was caught by Dhiren Vekaria off Narendra with the board on 111.

Varsani got the wickets of Kaul, Pravin Kumar (3), Abraham Vadada (11) and Ibrahim Akello (2) to steer Kanbis to another title with nine balls to play. Varsani was assisted with Khetani who finished with 3 for 11 after dismissing Lucas Oluoch (8), Praveen Rao (0) and Divesh Patel (4).

Gondaria was named the best player while Gurdeep Singh of Sikh Union was voted the best batsman. Rao was declared best bowler.