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Led by a brilliant bowling spell from Abhinav Sharma (4 for 38), DAV School Amritsar recorded a facile eight-wicket triumph over DAV School Chandigarh team in the final match of the U-16 cricket tournament for Coca Cola Cup played at the PCA Stadium in Mohali on Saturday. Batting first, DAV Chandigarh team was bowled out for 183 runs in 48.5 overs. Medium-pacer Abhinav Sharma bowled exceptionally well to put the Chandigarh team on the backfoot. Amritsar captain Navneet's decision to bowl first worked out well as Abhinav wrecked DAV Chandigarh. Within first six overs, the local team was reduced to 22 for 4. Chandigarh outfit lost Shubam Chand, Bhagminder Singh, Jasnoor Singh and Vineet Dhaka cheaply inside first six overs. Thereafter Nipun Pandita (17) and Raman Bishnoi (36) put on 54 runs for the fifth-wicket before Nipun Pandita was trapped in front by Karan Sharma for 17. †DAV Chandigarh again lost the plot losing two more wickets and in the process were reduced to 76 for 7 in 20.3 overs. For DAV Chandigarh, the duo of Pradeep Yadav (39) and Ramesh Panchal (28) consolidated the innings, adding 57 runs for the eighth wicket. Abhinav Sharma (4 for 38) was the pick of the bowlers, while Navneet Singh (2 for 35), Karan Sharma (2 for 32), Pyush Sharma (2 for 23) were the other wicket takers.
DAV School Amritsar openers Karan Sharma and Marshal Bhagat gave a befitting reply, scoring 110 runs for the opening wicket in 19.1 overs. Karan Sharma was the first to go when he was caught by Hemank off Shubham Chand for 42 off 55 balls. Marshal Bhagat (79) was next to go. He was sent packing by spinner Sbhubham Chand. Thereafter Abhinav Sharma (23 no) and Navneet Singh (26 no) saw their team achieve the target in 36.1 overs. DAV Amritsar scored 187 for 2 to record an emphatic eight-wicket win. Shubham Chand (2 for 37) was the only successful bowler for Chandigarh.