Lion-hearted Dubey!

All-rounder Shivam claims fifer and scores 47 to guide Shivaji Park Li­ons to a seven-wicket win over Tri­umph Knights in thrilling en­counter at Wankhede

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MUM­BAI all-rounder Shivam Dubey, who went un­sold dur­ing the re­cent In­dian Premier League (IPL) auc­tion, dished out a fine show with bat and ball, to guide Shivaji Park Li­ons to a seven-wicket win over Tri­umph Knights (TK) in the T20 Mum­bai League at the Wankhede Sta­dium yes­ter­day. Dubey claimed the tour­na­ment’s first five-wicket haul and scored an un­beaten 23ball 47 to hand his team their maiden win of the tour­ney.

Put into bat, TK open­ers, Pra­ful Waghela and Su­mit Ghadi­gaonkar stitched a 70run stand. Waghela scored 42 off 20, while Ghadi­gaonkar scored 36 off 26. How­ever, when Dubey was in­tro­duced in the eighth over, the equa­tion com­pletely changed as he sent back both open­ers.

Surya fails to cap­i­talise

One-drop bat­ter Suryaku­mar Ya­dav ham­mered 35 off 15 with five bound­aries and two sixes, but the TK skip­per failed to pass the Dubey test and was trapped leg be­fore wicket.

Dubey also sent Atif At­tar­wala (1) and Kalpesh Sawant (1) in quick suc­ces­sion to com­plete his fifer in his four-over spell. Left-arm spin­ner Shams Mu­lani (2-38) of­fered good sup­port to Dubey.

The wily all-rounder, 24, made his Ranji Tro­phy de­but with im­pres­sive fig­ures of five for 98 dur­ing the quar­ter-fi­nal against Kar­nataka in Nag­pur last De­cem­ber. Asked about which per­for­mance he would rate higher, Dubey said: “I will al­ways rate my Ranji Tro­phy per­for­mance much higher. I claimed five wick­ets on de­but and also scored runs.”

Though a 153-run tar­get seemed easy to chase, the Li­ons were shaky at the start. They lost Su­fiyan Shaikh (2) and Hardik Tamore (15) in the ninth over and skip­per Sid­dhesh Lad (30) in the 13th.

Dubey shines with the bat

How­ever, left-handed opener Brav­ish Shetty’s un­beaten 51ball 60 and Dubey’s quick­fire 47, steered the ship to safety. The duo put on 63 in 33 balls for the fifth wicket to help their side to vic­tory with five balls to spare.

Dubey, who scored 71 off 91 balls against Kar­nataka in the Ranji Tro­phy game, ex­plained how he and Shetty man­aged the sit­u­a­tion in the mid­dle. “Brav­ish told me that he will take chances and I de­cided to play ac­cord­ing to the merit of the ball, but they bowled bad de­liv­er­ies and we cap­i­talised,” he said.


152 in 19.5 overs (P Waghela 42, S Ghadi­gaonkar 36; S Dubey 5-24) lost to

157-3 in 19.1 overs (B Shetty 60*, Dubey 47*; V Bhoir 2-11) by 7 wick­ets

A bunch of do­mes­tic per­form­ers such as Mayank Agar­wal, Prithvi Shaw along with a bat­tle-hard­ened in­ter­na­tion­als like Ravichan­dran Ash­win will be ea­ger to add some con­text to Irani Cup when Rest of In­dia clashes with Ranji Tro­phy cham­pi­ons Vi­darbha to­day.

With just three weeks left for the cash-rich IPL to start, the Irani Cup sticks out like sore thumb as In­dia A’s next big tour starts not be­fore July. Most of the Rest of In­dia play­ers have had good Ranji Tro­phy sea­son, but BCCI’s de­ci­sion to re-sched­ule Syed Mush­taq Ali T20 Tro­phy be­fore IPL auc­tions has taken

In­dia pacer Mo­hammed Shami’s wife Hasin Ja­han, who lodged a case against her hus­band for do­mes­tic vi­o­lence and ac­cused him of mul­ti­ple ex­tra­mar­i­tal af­fairs, on Tues­day sought per­sonal se­cu­rity from Kolkata Po­lice.

Ja­han claimed she was at the re­ceiv­ing end of con­stant abuses and threats through so­cial me­dia ac­counts since her dif­fer­ences with Shami be­came pub­lic and sought West Ben­gal Chief Min­is­ter Ma­mata Baner­jee’s “sup­port” on the is­sue. “She is feel­ing in­se­cure due to a mas­sive num­ber of threats and abuses she has been re­ceiv­ing on the so­cial me­dia. To­day [Tues­day], she went to Kolkata Po­lice head­quar­ters Lal­bazar and asked for per­sonal se­cu­rity,” her lawyer Zakir Hus­sain said.


Shivaji Park Li­ons’ Shivam Dubey bowls dur­ing the match against Tri­umph Knights at the Wankhede yes­ter­day.

Shivaji Park Li­ons bats­man Brav­ish Shetty scored 60 not out

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