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Goa pulls up socks on second day; bat through 76 overs

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Porvorim

Goa colts left their dismal performance of the first day behind to stage a spirited fight back on the second day of the Vijay Merchant Trophy (South Zone) match against Kerala at the Goa Cricket Association (GCA) academy ground in Porvorim on Saturday.

Kerala who started their second day on 267 for one declared at 366 for 2 leaving Goa a good 76 overs to bat through.

At the end of play Goa trailed Kerala by 196 runs.

Needing 323 to make Kerala bat again, Goa started their second innings with more purpose with the batsmen playing with caution and defense. At one stage – when Darpan Pagui and Sanath Nevagi were at crease together, it appeared that the duo would help Goa tide through the day.

However, things changed after Darpan was run out – as he went for a third and his partner Sanath was not interested – and like in the first innings, wickets started falling with relative ease.

The Goa colts started cautiously but it led to the boys playing too defensively and this defensive approach gave the lads from Kerala a better look at their host opponents. Batting defensively was good but Goa could have added to their score had they run more.

“What happened on the first day was clearly a case of stage fright. They were not used to face the conditions they encountered on the first day. They did not know how to react to the pitch on the morning of the first day. It is a learning process that they will get through,” stated Sharad Pednekar, GCA’s Director of coaching.

“Their reaction on the second day shows that they have learnt a lot through their mistakes in the first innings. Receptiveness to change is always a positive in cricket and other sports,” added Sharad.

Goa started cautiously and managed to bat through the day losing seven wickets for 127 runs at close of play on the second day.

Darpan Pagui top scored for Goa hitting 34 runs from 114 balls. Sanath Nevagi was the second highest scorer with 32 runs and Ayush Karapurkar contributed 23. Captain Arsh Sardesai attained the double digit mark with 10 runs and Veer Yadav made 16.

The Goan colts batted through 238 minutes unlike in the first innings when they were bowled out in under two hours scoring just 43
runs.

“Yes I know they did better but there are two things we must not forget. First, yesterday was the first time they played on a turf wicket. Second, they managed to bat through the day and that shows their ability to quickly pull up their socks. Many of these boys are just 14 years old,” stated Goa coach Robin D’souza.

“I am still hoping for a better performance from them as I know the boys are capable of delivering. Now that they have got an opportunity to actually play on a proper pitch I expect their standard to improve with every game. This is just the beginning,” added Robin.

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