India vs Bangladesh Wheelchair Cricket Tournament: Manas Indo-Bangla Friendship Cup 2023, organized by Manas Sewa Charitable Trust and Divyang Wheelchair Cricket Association under the aegis of Divyang Cricket Control Board of India, which was held on March 9, 10, and 11 at Lalbhai Contractor Stadium, Surat, team India concluded with a resounding victory for the wheelchair cricket team. India’s wheelchair cricket team brought laurels to India by defeating the guest team Bangladesh 3-0.
Bangladesh in the first match scored 146 runs in the first match, which India won with the help of Manoj
Sansarkar’s explosive 80* in the 17th over. In the second match, Bangladesh put up a tough fight with
Ujjal Bairagi’s strong all-rounder performance, but India won the match by 5 runs to clinch the series.
The final match of the stunning wheelchair cricket teams played under floodlights for the first time and
Bangladesh scored 169 with Mohibul Islam scoring a blistering 80. Indian team won the match by losing
1 wicket in just 18 overs with the help of Manoj Sansarkar’s brilliant 77*. It is noteworthy that Manoj
was batting with an injury in both hands.
At the end of the match, Manoj Sansarkar was awarded Man of the Series, Man of the final Match and
Best Batsman, while another Surat player Parshuram Deshle was awarded the Best Bowler. India’s
Mohammad Adil received the best fielder award for his excellent fielding, while Bangladesh’s Mohibul
Islam was awarded as a game changer and Ujjwal Bairagi was awarded special award as an active
Former Indian cricketer and 2011 World Cup-winning team bowler Munaf Patel was present and
congratulated the players for more than an hour and said that the way women’s cricket has developed
in India very soon by giving a platform to these Divyang players this cricket will be developed in the
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Ratanji and Sumitji Dharuka of Siddhivinayak Developers, led by Nemichand Jangir of Manas Seva
Charitable Trust, took care of the food and drink for both teams for the duration of the tournament,
while Manojbhai Agarwal and Guddubhai Paliwal of GM Realty donated 12 wheelchairs amounting to Rs
45,000 each to the players which is a commendable act.
Donors from Surat donated a huge amount of money throughout the tournament and hence for the first
time the players went home with a handsome cash prize.
While enjoying the match, Dhavalbhai Patel gave 90,000 to the participating players of both teams,
while Amishaben and her friends from Ami Charitable Trust gave 17,000 to both the teams and Manoj
Sanskar 5100 for hitting the only six of the tournament.
Tournament directors Masood Voraji and Hetalben Nayak, serviceable power couple Hemant Patel
(Munnabhai) and Pallavi Patel, Shravan Jangid, technical affairs supervisor Vijay Chhaira, Mumbai anchor
Nishal Kora, Surat anchor Sachin Umrigar, rising stars Gaurav Lakwani, Mahendrabhai of Sunny Sports,
Harshil, a highly successful tournament was organized with the presence of Amish Patel from Filmcity,
Amit Bhai, Vaishali Umrigar, Sanjaybhai Patel, Amisha Jogi, Kavita Parmar, Omi Lakwani, and Josh App’s
Gujarati Kartaharta Chirag Shah from Embellish Salon, Haroon Rasheed and Ghazal Khan from DCCBI
played an important role in the tournament.
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