Pune: Sai Power Hitters Clinch ‘Friendship Cup’ Cricket Championship Title, Humed Khan Shines With All-Round Performance (Videos)

Pune : In a thrilling finale at the ‘Friendship Cup’ cricket championship organised by the Punit Balan Group, the Sai Power Hitters team emerged victorious for the second consecutive year, defeating the Shivamudra Blasters team by 37 runs. The tournament, featuring teams from diverse backgrounds, including Ganapati Mandal, Navratri Mandal, Dhol-Tasha Team, and media professionals, culminated in an exhilarating showdown at the grounds of L. R. Shinde High School in Sahakarnagar.

The triumph of the Sai Power Hitters was spearheaded by the stellar all-round performance of Humed Khan. Batting first, the Sai Power Hitters faced early setbacks, finding themselves at 31 runs for 4 wickets. However, Khan’s match-winning knockout turned the tide as he smashed a crucial 45 runs, rescuing the team’s innings. Captain Sridhar Mohol provided valuable support, contributing 25 runs in a partnership that yielded 68 runs off 33 balls for the fifth wicket. Chasing a challenging target of 92 runs, the Shivamudra Blasters team faltered, managing only 55 runs.

Khan’s impact extended beyond his batting prowess, as he also played a pivotal role with the ball, claiming four wickets for a mere 11 runs. His stellar performance earned him the man of the match award.

The prize distribution ceremony, graced by dignitaries including Punit Balan, Director of Punit Balan Group, Janhavi Dhariwal- Balan, Director of Manikchand Oxyrich, Additional Director General of Police (Prisons) Amitabh Gupta, famous film actor Makarand Anaspure, former MLA Jagdish Mulik, Shreyas Dixit of Dixit Motors, Congress Leader Mohan Joshi, President of Pune Shramik Patrakar Sangh Pandurang Sandbhor, Nitin Pandit, Kumar Renuse, Yogesh Shandilya, Gagandeep Oberoi, Shirish Mohite, Anil Sapkal, Prasad Kulkarni, along with Chairmen Board members, activists, and members of Pune’s Ganpati Mandal, Navratri Mandals, Dhol-Tasha team, dignitary members of Media Writers.

In recognition of the commendable efforts of all participating teams, Punit Balan Group made a donation of Rs 5 lakh to the Pune Police Welfare Fund, emphasising their commitment to social responsibility.

The winners, Sai Power Hitters, were awarded a prize of Rs 2 lakh 11 thousand along with a prestigious trophy, while the runners-up, Shivamudra Blasters, received Rs 1 lakh 11 thousand and a trophy. Rupak Tubaji was honoured as the best player of the series, receiving Rs 51 thousand and an electronic bike. Additionally, individual awards were presented to Kapil Raut (best batsman), Humed Khan (best bowler), Aditya Ashtaputre (best wicketkeeper), and Prathamesh Gowkar (best fielder), each receiving Rs 21 thousand and a medal. The Fair Play Award was shared by Tulshibagh Tuskers and Media Masters.

Brief Result of the Final Match:

Sai Power Hitters vs. Shivmudra Blasters:

Sai Power Hitters: 92 for 7 in 10 overs (Humed Khan 45 (25, 6 fours, 2 sixes), Sridhar Mohol 25, Rupak Tubaji 2-26)

Shivmudra Blasters: 55 for 9 in 10 overs (Rohit Khilare 11, Tushar Ambat 10, Humed Khan 4-11, Nikhil Watane 1-2).

Man of the Match: Humed Khan

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