The first national semi final of the Amar Ujala Agency & Media Cricket League 2009 was played between Mercantile and Mudra at Thakur Stadium, Mumbai.
Mudra won the toss and elected to bat. The Mudra openers, Rohil and Yogesh, began on a steady note and stayed together until the sixth over when the latter fell. However, for some inexplicable reason they chose not to force the pace, which proved Mudra's undoing. In fact, Mudra's first boundary came only in the eighth over when the team score was 52.
However, in the ninth over, Mudra lost its second wicket when the team had a total score of 65 runs. The third and fourth wickets fell in quick succession, on the second last and the last ball of the innings respectively. The final score of the Mudra team was 72 runs for the loss of four wickets.
Mercantile's innings was opened by Chanchal Singh and Daivesh Shah who began on a high note as they managed to score 17 runs in the first over itself . This included five wide balls and two boundaries. From the very beginning there seemed little doubt about the outcome. Mercantile's first wicket was down when Daivesh was caught by Rohil in the fourth over. By that time, the team had managed to score 39 runs.
The second wicket fell quickly in the fifth over when Chanchal was run out. He scored 25 runs of 15 balls.
The third wicket was taken in the sixth over when the score was 63 runs. By the eighth over, Mercantile has successfully chased the target of 72 runs with the loss of only three wickets.
Amar Ujala Agency & Media Cricket League is a leather ball cricket tournament, organized by afaqs!, for media agencies, advertising agencies and media publishers. The ten-10 tournament was being held in Delhi, Kolkata & Mumbai. Forty eight teams had participated in this three-city, month-long tournament. The national finals were also held on February 21, 2009.
Chanchal Singh from Mercantile won the man of the match for scoring 25 runs in 15 balls.
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