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Day 3: NJ Royals win one against Tri-State Argonauts 
Oct 06, 2008

NJ Royals celebrating the close win against Argonauts
At South Brunswick, the Tri-State Argonauts suffered a setback triggered by a middle order collapse. NJ Royals opening pair clicked on this occasion with Naved Gul getting 24 and Aditya Mishra leading from the front and scoring 39. There was cause for some concern after the openers departed but further damage was prevented when the experienced Asghar Kazim (27) and Mushtaq Ahangar (23) played cautiously and pushed the score to a defendable one. The Royals posted a target of 135 for 7.

The Tri-State Argonauts were playing without Fazal Alam, Fazeh Abbasi and Timmy Thomas but the star-studded side still had some very good players includng the reliable Shantharam Serukur, the experienced Amjad Khan, the classy Ramesh Sadagoppan and the unflinching Zamin Amin.

Tri-state Argonauts camp with their supporters

In fact, the Argonauts got a good start despite the fall of Amjad Khan caught brilliantly by Asghar Kazim at the hands of Vikas Saini. Sharaz Baksh settled down and played a splendid and stroke-filled knock of 47 runs (3 fours, 2 sixes). For some time, he was partnered by the in-form basman, Shantharam Serukur (26) and the two made the target looked easy during their stay at the crease. After Sohail Akram had Shantharam stumped, Aditya Mishra provided two vital breakthroughs - those of Sharaz and Ramesh Sadagoppan in fairly quick time. That set about a collapse when all that was required was one partnership, especially with Zamin Amin (11) firmly in control on one end. But Zamin did not get the support he would have wanted and Argonauts were gone just 6 runs shy of their target with 3 balls remaining.

Aditya Mishra, the former Karnataka Ranji star led from the front on this occasion earning the Man of the Match title for his thoughtfully compiled 39 and for the crucial wickets. With this victory, Royals have let their group know that they mean business.

Sadagoppan Ramesh with a young fan at the South Brunswick ground