The Puducherry Boys plundered the Goa attack in the South-Zone Inter-State Under-14 Tournament match played at ACA VDCA stadium, Visakhaptnam. Puducherry won the toss and chose to bat first and started the music right from the word go. Kushwanth Silora and Sai Sathwik displayed great character to build a mammoth opening partnership of 184 runs in 50 overs.
Well-crafted century by Kushwanth Siloria
While building the Puducherry innings, Kushwanth Siloria played a brilliant knock to score 126 runs off 197 balls, spanning almost six hours at the crease, with 10 fours.
Sheet anchor role of Sai Sathwik
Opening the Puducherry innings with the regular partner Kushwanth Siloria, it was a relaxed innings for Sai Sathwik, who played a sheet anchor role to score 86 off 160 balls with 8 fours to take the team score to 184 for the first wicket.
The skipper R.Jashwanth supported the opener and scored 25 off 55 balls with 2 fours, followed by Sai Hariram, who scored 24 off 37 balls with 2 fours, M.Mukesh (35 off 47 balls with 3 fours) and Darshan Rajgopal (25 off 28 balls with 2 fours) and Puducherry posted 345 for 7 off 90 overs in the first innings. For Goa, Shreyas Usgoankar took 3 for 105 off 20 overs and Kaivalya Mishra took 2 for 106 off 26 overs.
Puducherry bowlers come to the fore
After the team posted a mammoth score of 345 runs playing first, the bowlers then took their turn to prove their mettle and proved tough for the Goa batsmen to score. Goa openers Darpan Pagi (18 off 79 balls) and Smit Dalvi (11 off 82 balls) were totally under the control of the Puducherry bowlers as they scored only 37 off 25 overs when the first wicket of Darpan Pagi fell, who was followed by Veer Yadav, as he also found the going tough and scored 18 off 39 balls. After being 81 for 5 off 53.3 overs, Ayush Karapurkar and Rijul Pathak tried hard to come back into the game, which was too late, with latter scoring 70 off 131 balls with 11 fours and Ayush Karapurkar could muster only 56 off 162 balls with 5 fours and eventually Goa finished their first innings at 190 for 5 off 90 overs. For Puducherry, Thekkeveetil Surya, Nithyananda and Arun Sarwan took one wicket each.
To complete the formalities, Puducherry continued their second innings from where they left in the first innings and were 44 for 1 when the match ended on the second day, in which R.Jaswanth scored a brisk 32 off 27 balls with 6 fours. With a huge lead of 155 runs, Puducherry gained 4 points.