Shubham Ranjane, Praful Waghela, T20 Mumbai League, ARCS Andheri, North Mumbai Panthers, T20 Mumbai League
Shubham Ranjane and Praful Waghela gave thousands of Mumbaikars who thronged to the Wankhede, many reasons to cheer as their memorable stand gave ARCS a six-wicket win in the last over against Prithvi Shaw’s North Mumbai Panthers.

Shubham Ranjane (71* off 42) and Praful Waghela (45 off 31) lived to their tags as their 114-run partnership for the fourth wicket kept ARCS Andheri in the hunt for a spot in the semi-finals of the second edition of the T20 Mumbai League at Wankhede Stadium on a super Sunday.

Ranjane and Waghela gave thousands of Mumbaikars who thronged to the Wankhede, many reasons to cheer as their memorable stand gave ARCS a six-wicket win in the last over against Prithvi Shaw’s North Mumbai Panthers.

The win gave ARCS their second win in four games while the Panthers suffered their maiden defeat after two consecutive wins.

When left-handed Waghela, making his maiden appearance this season, joined Ranjane in the middle at the end of the ninth over, the target of 161 looked a distant dream.

With the top three – including the last match’s hero in opener Akhil Herwadkar – having been perished, the ARCS were reeling at 41 for three.

Despite the duo having added 51 runs in five overs, the target seemed far away with 69 runs required in the last six overs. That’s when the duo decided to accelerate, starting with a 14-run over of Prathamesh Dake that included a four through mid-wicket by Ranjane and a tickle to fine-leg by Waghela.

In the next over, Waghela went after offie Neil Narvekar, ending the over with a four and a six to bring the equation down to 41 off four overs.

Allrounder Atif Attarwala, whose cameo with the willow ensured the Panthers crossed the 150-run mark after stuttering with the willow, then brought the Panthers back in the game by conceding just six singles in the 17th over. But Ranjane’s twin hits straight down the line off Dake immediately after celebrating his fifty to end the 18th brought the equation down to 22 off the last two overs.

With 13 runs required off the last over, Ranjane’s started with a straight six off medium-pacer Sairaj Patil. The next ball saw Waghela sacrificing his wicket while attempting an impossible second run that ensured Ranjane remained on strike.

The new man, Gaurav Jathar then saw the team through with a flick over square-leg off the fourth legal ball of the over.

Brief scores: ARCS Andheri 161/4 in 19.4 overs (Shubham Ranjane 71*, Praful Waghela 45; Shashikant Kadam 1/12, Rahul Sawant 1/14) beat North Mumbai Panthers 160/7 in 20 overs (Karan Nande 40, Vikrant Auti 31, Atif Attarwala 26*; Gaurav Jathar 2/6, Salil Agharkar 2/27, Iqbal Abdulla 2/27) by six wickets

Man of the Match: Shubham Ranjane