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Clients kick Mumbai BigLaw partners’ butts in annual bankers v lawyers charity cricket match

A charity cricket match of Mumbai corporate lawyers versus bankers ended in clients disposing of their advisers with 177 runs against 81 on 31 January.

The bankers thrashed the lawyers in this year’s annual charity cricket match held on January 31, 2015, at the Oval Maidan, Mumbai. The bankers scored an impressive 177 for 5 off 22 overs, while the lawyers' were bundled out for a paltry 81 off only 15.2 overs.

The lawyers team had representatives from Amarchand Mangaldas, AZB & Partners, Crawford Bayley, Duane Morris & Selvam, Khaitan & Co, J Sagar Associates, Rajani, Singhania & Partners and S&R Associates.

The bankers’ team had representatives from Edelweiss, Goldman Sachs, HSBC, ICICI Securities, JM Financial and Morgan Stanley.

Duane Morris & Selvam Singapore director Jamie Benson, who organised the match, said that the bankers had “thoroughly outplayed” the lawyers.

Match report:

Sachin Wagle of Morgan Stanley, the captain of the bankers’ team, won the toss and elected to bat. The three previous matches had all been won by the team batting first, and the result of this match continued that streak.

The bankers got off to a flying start with Deepak Jhavar of Edelweiss hitting the first two balls of the match for four.

In the next over, Javeed Siddiqui of ICICI Securities was dropped off the bowling of Pracheta Bhattacharya of AZB & Partners.

The first two overs set the tone for the rest of the bankers’ innings, with boundaries being struck on a regular basis and the lawyers dropping catches.

The first dropped catch proved costly, with Siddiqui going on to earn the Man of the Match award for his very well compiled 55 retired from 48 balls.

The dangerous-looking Jhavar was out for 12, well caught at first slip by Nikhilesh Panchal of Khaitan & Co off the bowling of Bhattacharya.

The catch proved somewhat of an aberration as the lawyers went on to drop seven catches after that. The ever-consistent Wagle came in next and hit a well-struck 49 before seeing his middle stump cartwheel out of the ground from a Rabindra Jhunjhunwala (Khaitan & Co.) delivery. The big-hitting Amit Nayyar of Goldman Sachs, last year’s Man of the Match, struck some lusty blows down the ground in his score of 30. The bankers’ score of 177 could have been higher but for some very good bowling in the last few overs from Jhunjhunwala and Siddhant Buxy of Amarchand Mangaldas.

The lawyers had a terrible start when Ashraya Rao of Khaitan & Co. was run out in the first over from a brilliant direct hit by Jhavar. The evergreen Sandip Bhagat of S&R Associates came in next and hit some terrific shots before being bowled by the lively Prudhvi Raj (Edelweiss) for 18 off only 12 balls. Laban Das of Amarchand Mangaldas was in sparkling touch and hit the only six of the match but he was losing partners on a regular basis to a combination of some good bowling and poor shot selection.

He was last man out for 23 off 22 balls. For the bankers, the wily Tripoorraj Dhavale of Morgan Stanley picked up three wickets for only two runs and Nayyar chipped in with two wicket

The bankers’ comprehensive victory saw them level the series at two wins each. Next year’s match should be a more competitive affair with bragging rights on the line.

The match raised approximately Rs. 500,000 for Oxfam India, including Rs 150,000 from Crawford Bayley; Rs 100,000 from Jamie Benson; Rs 100,000 from JM Financial; Rs 100,000 from S&R Associates; and Rs 27,000 from Khaitan & Co Nisha Agrawal, the CEO of Oxfam India, presented the Duane Morris & Selvam Capital Markets Cup to Sachin Wagle.

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Bankers 177 for 5 off 22 overs Javeed Siddiqui (ICICI Securities) 55 retired, Sachin Wagle (Morgan Stanley) 49 and Amit Nayyar (Goldman Sachs) 30; Rabindra Jhunjhunwala (Khaitan & Co) 4 overs, 2 wickets for 25 and Siddhant Buxy 5 overs, 1 wicket for 34, beat the Lawyers 81 all out off 15.2 overs Laban Das (Amarchand Mangaldas) 23 and Sandip Bhagat (S&R Associates) 18; Tripoorraj Dhavale (Morgan Stanley) 2 overs, 3 wickets for 2 and Amit Nayyar (Goldman Sachs) 2 overs, 2 wickets for 7.

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Bankers (not in order): Sachin Wagle (c), Tripoorraj Dhavale (both Morgan Stanley); Javeed Siddiqui, Mahesh Natarajan, Rishab Mishra (all ICICI Securities); Vijay Patel, Deepak Jhavar (both Edelweiss); Prudhvi Raj, Kailash Dayanand (both JM Financial); Amit Nayyar (Goldman Sachs); and Hemang Desai (HSBC).
Lawyers (not in order): Jamie Benson (c) (Duane Morris & Selvam); Gagan Sharma (J Sagar Associates); Sandip Bhagat (S&R Associates); Ankit Paleja (Crawford Bayley); Pracheta Bhattacharya (AZB & Partners); Sanjay Israni (Rajani, Singhania & Partners); Nikhilesh Panchal, Rabindra Jhunjhunwala, Ashraya Rao (all Khaitan & Co.); Labanyendu Das, Siddhant Buxy (both Amarchand Mangaldas).

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