Ajit Agarkar feels death bowling is the key to winning top honours

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Ajit Agarkar feels death bowling is the key to winning top honours

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SportsCafe Desk

03/20/2018

Former India fast bowler Ajit Agarkar feels the team that bowls best towards the end of the innings might just have best chance to win the honours in the Mumbai T20 League. Agarkar also added that all was not over for table toppers, SOBO Supersonics, as they will get another chance in Qualifier 2.

Former India fast bowler Ajit Agarkar acknowledged the importance of death bowling. Speaking about the final that takes place on Wednesday, Agarkar highlighted that the team bowling better during the death overs in the ongoing Mumbai T20 league is more likely to end up with top honours. He also praised Triumph Knights Mumbai North East for beating the table toppers SOBO Supersonics by a comfortable margin of 40 runs in the first Qualifier. 

“It is time for the business end of the inaugural T20 Mumbai League and the Triumph Knights Mumbai North East did not disappoint in the first qualifier as they comfortably beat the SOBO Supersonics by a massive 40 runs to deservedly secure a place in Wednesday’s final. As the tournament has progressed, as much as the spinners have come into play with all the wear and tear of the pitches, the team that bowls best towards the end of the innings might just have best chance to win the honours,” Agarkar wrote in his column for TOI.

Triumph Knights rode on a blistering 63 in 35 balls from captain Suryakumar Yadav to post a challenging total of 162 for six and then defended it successfully against some poor batting by their opponents, SOBO Supersonics, who were bowled out for 122 in 19.1 overs.

“Put in to bat after losing the toss, things were looking perilous for the Knights against the Supersonics, whose attack has always looked good with the new ball, and they found themselves at 48/3. In moments like these that you expect a senior and experienced player to put his hand up, and a spirited 63 of just 35 balls by the Knights skipper, Suryakumar Yadav, saw them post a respectable total of 162 which made it very competitive on a slowish dry pitch. 

“The Knights struck early as they removed Jay Bista for a golden duck on the first ball of the second innings. Aakarshit Gomel and keeper Prasad Pawar tried to steady the ship for the Sonics but left-arm spinner Aditya Dhumal was having none of it as he picked up two wickets in the next three balls, including that of Abhishek Nayar from which they could never really recover,” Agarkar wrote. 

The Triumph Knights thus straightaway entered the final, set for March 21, to fight for the top prize of Rs 1 crore. On the other hand, all is not over for the Supersonics as they will get another chance in Qualifier 2 which is set for Tuesday at the Wankhede Stadium.

“All is not over for the league table toppers as they have one more chance to make it to the final which also would mean that they play 5 days in a row if they do get to the finals. As this article goes to press the Sonics are awaiting their opponents in Qualifier 2- the winner of the Eliminator match between the Namo Bandra Blasters and the Shivaji Park Lions,” the 40-year old Mumbaikar stated. 

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