In an attempt to return to his blazing form and prove to the franchisees that there is still some fire left in him, discarded India opener Virender Sehwag scored a 28-ball 48 for Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) against Mumbai Customs in the last league round of the All India DY Patil Twenty20 Cup in Navi Mumbai on Wednesday.
Sehwag, who had a woeful Ranji season in which he aggregated 234 runs at 19.50 and a highest of 56, opened for CAG, who were set a target of 185. However, after a blazing start that included seven fours and two sixes, CAG replied with 184/8, the match ending in a tie. Sehwag will aim at scoring more when CAG take on Indian Oil in Thursday’s quarterfinals.
The 35-year-old was at his typical best on Wednesday, dominating the opposition bowling while sharing 51 for the first wicket with Jalaj Saxena. However, his exciting knock ended when he was out second in the seventh over, clean bowled by Customs’ new ball operator Alpesh Ramjani with the total on 72.
However, after Sehwag’s dismissal, CAG lost wickets regularly but also scored at a consistent rate before the match ended with no clear winner arising from it. Earlier in Customs’ innings, Sehwag bowled his off breaks, giving away eight runs in the solitary over.
Brief scores (league): BPCL 169/5 in 20 overs (U Kaul 74*, A Revandkar 66; A Absolem 2/38) bt SBH 151 in 17.3 overs (A Singh 38; B Thakkar 3/25, A Nayar 2/28); Reliance 1 150/7 in 20 overs (P Patel 65, Y Pathan 35; P Dhake 2/29) bt DY Patil ‘B’ 120 in 19 overs (S Singh 38, D Salunkhe 39*; J Bumrah 3/23, A Patel 2/23); Andhra Bank 113/8 in 20 overs (G Vihari 34; Surabkumar 3/22, P Awana 2/18, D Singh 2/18) lost to ONGC 116/1 in 13.2 overs (M Vohra 61*, U Chand 51); Mumbai Customs 184/6 in 20 overs (S Wagh 67; J Saxena 3/33, A Vasavada 2/33) tied with CAG 184/8 in 20 overs (V Sehwag 48, A Ramjani 3/24, P Khanapurkar 3/34)
ONGC vs SBT
DY Patil ‘A’ vs BPCL
CAG vs Reliance1
Mumbai Customs vs Indian Oil