Col CK Nayudu Trophy: Kruthik Hangavadi’s all-round show leads Mumbai to victory over Punjab

Kruthik Hangavadi, the 22-year-old speedster picked 10 wickets for Mumbai U-23 in the match against Punjab U-23 and later, contributed 73 runs with the bat when he was sent to bat as a night watchman. Mumbai managed to chase 373 with three wickets to spare


After picking up 10 wickets for Mumbai U-23 in the ongoing Col CK Nayudu Trophy, speedster Kruthik Hangavadi stitched a 125-run partnership with opener Bhupen Lalwani who scored a patient 127 to lead Mumbai U-23 towards a victory over Punjab U-23 by three wickets yesterday. Hangavadi was sent as a night watchman and he successfully fulfilled his purpose by scoring a confident 73.

Mumbai U-23 was playing against Punjab U-23 in their match on November 22 and Lalwani along with Hangavadi resumed the team’s innings on Day Four yesterday when the team was at 128 for two, still needing 245 runs to win at the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) Bandra-Kurla Complex (BKC) ground. While the Punjab bowlers were consistent with their lines, Lalwani and Hangavadi registered their first fifties of the tournament by Lunch.

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Meanwhile, Lalwani registered his first U-23 century to the team’s winning cause. But soon, a couple of overs after the tea break, the hosts lost Armaan Jaffer’s wicket followed by the dismissal of Yashasvi Jaiswal and Dhrumil Matkar in the span of 10 overs.

Just when the game could have gone anywhere as Mumbai was stuttering at 335 for five, Siddharth Akre along with Vijay Gohil helped Mumbai reach the 373-run target without much damage being caused to the team.