Mumbai: Putting up an impressive all-round display, Sobo Supersonics drubbed Namo Bandra Blasters by 50 runs to score their second win in three outings in the T20 Mumbai League.
Put in to bat in the rain-shortened match (18 overs), the Supersonics, from South Mumbai, ran up a challenging total of 149 for 6, on the back of a whirlwind knock of 83 in 53 balls by two-down batsman Prasad Pawar.
Then Supersonics' bowlers led by Rohan Raje got into the act and reduced Blasters to 37 for 6 inside ten overs, including the prize scalp of captain and India T20 International Shreyas Iyer (25), to take firm control of the game.
Blasters ended up with a tally of 99 for 9 in 20 overs, to suffer their first loss in three games and, along with the Supersonics, are on top of the league table with four points apiece.
Raje picked up his first two wickets in his opening two overs before ending up with a haul of 3 for 24. Skipper Abhishek Nayar, who did not contribute much with the bat, grabbed 3 for 17, which included the scalp of Iyer who opened the innings and was caught behind after he faced 19 balls and hit 4 fours.
Raje took the wickets of Kevin Almeida and Nikhil Patil early on and then added his third off the last ball of the match. Jay Bista claimed two wickets.
Earlier Supersonics were boosted by Pawar's superbly paced innings as he first steadied the boat from 38 for 2 with a stand of 41 with opener Akarshit Gomel (31) and then was the dominating partner in a partnership of 67 runs in 42 balls for the fourth wicket with Sujit Nayak whose contribution to it was just 9.
Pawar was especially strong on the on-side although he also hit a full toss over extra cover for one of his three sixes.
Supersonics lost three wickets in the 18th and last over of their innings bowled by Azhar Ansari, which included Pawar, who was caught at deep mid wicket while trying to hoist his fourth six of his knock that also contained six fours.
Brief scores: Sobo Supersonics 149 for 6 (Akarshit Gomel 31, Prasad Pawar 83; Azhar Ansari 3 for 21) beat Namo Bandra Blasters 99 for 9 (Shreyas Iyer 25, Aishwary Surve 21 not out; Rohan Raje 3 for 24; Abhishek Nayar 3 for 17; Jay Bista 2 for 13) by 50 runs.
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