Vidarbha spinner Akshay Karnewar scripted history on Monday 8th November 2021, by bowling all maiden overs in his four-over spell in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy game against Manipur in Mangalagiri. Not only he conceded zero runs in his spell but also managed to scalp two wickets, becoming the first bowler ever to achieve this feat in Men’s T20 cricket. Akshay is ambidextrous i.e. he can bowl with both his hands.
Vidharbha posted a mammoth total of 222 runs in their quota of 20 overs after opting to bat first. Batsman Jistesh Sharma’s unbeaten 71 off 31 deliveries and 49 not out from Apoorv Wankhede helped the team set a 223-run target.
After the batters’ onslaught, it was the bowlers who wreaked havoc to bundle out Manipur for just 55 runs in just 16.3 overs. The duo of Akshay Karnewar and Atharva Taide spun a web around opponent batters as they picked two wickets each without conceding a single run.
Karnewar has bagged ten wickets so far in the tournament and has been a consistent performer for Vidarbha.
Vidarbha has qualified for the pre-knockouts and will face Maharashtra on 16.11.2021.