Shubham Ranjane did the star turn with both bat and ball as ARCS Andheri recovered from a poor start to inflict a 23-run defeat on North Mumbai Panthers in the opening game of the inaugural T20 Mumbai League at the Wankhede Stadium here today.
Ranjane first rescued his side, which was tottering at 16 for 4, with a 50-ball 65 that helped Andheri recover to amass a challenging total of 164 for 7.
Later the Mumbai Ranji Trophy player, who had earlier played limited over cricket for Maharahstra before shifting base, took the scalps of rival captain and Test stalwart Ajinkya Rahane and Indias World Cup under 19 winning skipper Prithvi Shah for 18 runs in 3 overs before limping off the field after being injured while chasing a ball.
But there was enough firepower at the disposal of his team which bowled out North Mumbai for 141 in 19.1 overs to emerge victorious.
Rahane (28) and Shaw (14) put on 38 for the first wicket, but once both were packed off by Ranjane with 49 on board, it was an uphill task for North Mumbai who lost wickets regularly.
Apart from Ranjane, Tushar Deshpande (3 for 25) and Vineet Sinha (2 for 21) struck late to be among the wickets.
Ranjane led the recovery act in the company of left-handed batsman Parag Khanapurkar who started slowly but then opened out in making 61 off 38 balls.
Ranjane, who struck a straight six and six fours, and Khanapurkar, who hit 3 sixes and 2 fours, added 117 runs from 83 balls for the fifth wicket to push the score past the 130 mark when the former slashed a wide ball the first from Rakesh Prabhu in his second spell and was caught at backward point in the 17thover.
Khanapurkar was later caught brilliantly off his own bowling, a tumbling effort after covering 30 yards to his left, by Malhotra in the 18thover before Siddharth Chitnis made a quick 11-ball 17 to take the score past the 160 mark.
His pace partner Prabhu, the best bowler on view in the innings, grabbed two wickets in his first over and then came back to snap up another to finish with an impressive haul of 3 for 20 off four overs.
In the second match, Akash Parkar's blazing 82 not out
off 37 balls helped the Mumbai North East Triumph Knights beat Sobo Supersonics by four wickets.
Parkar was ably supported by Aditya Dhumal, who too remained unbeaten on 50 off 34 balls, as the two took the side home after sharing an unbeaten 130 runs stand in just 65 balls.
They were required to chase 184.
Earlier, put into bat, Sobo Supersonics posted a mammoth 184-7 on the board with opener Jay Bista scoring a valuable 52.
Brief scores: ARCS Andheri 164 for 7 (Shubham Ranjane 65, Parag Khanapurkar 61; Shivam Malhotra 3 for 41, Rakesh Prabhu 3 for 20) beat North Mumbai Panthers 141 all out 141 in 19.1 overs (Ajinkya Rahane 28, Yashasvi Jaiswal 37; Vineet Sinha 2 for 21, Tushar Deshpande 3 for 25, Shubham Ranjane 2 fo 18) by 23 runs.
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