June 9 and 10th matches
Saturday was another bitterly cold day on the cricket field but due to an early start, the Royal Challengers- Avengers match was completed before rain prevented any further play on the day.
The Avengers put up a big total of 214, thanks in large part to 80 from man of the match Gurman Khurana. His runs were made from 50 balls with eight fours and two sixes and he was caught from the last ball of the innings. He came into bat after Rahul Vashisht had to retire hurt with an injured knee after smashing 31 from just 12 balls. Daxj Mehta made a useful 24 opening the batting, and Praveen Manhas (15) and Deep Patel (12) were useful partners for Gurman as the overs ran down. Manvir Mann took 2 wickets, and Tarun, Waqas Ahmed and Gurpreet Monde each took one for the Royal Challengers.
Strong opening bowling from Shami Khan, Deep Patel, Praveen Manhas and Saravana Kumar had the Royal Challengers in serious trouble – 22 for 6 after 7.4 overs. Waqas Ahmed (36) and Manvir Mann (20) put on 67 for the 8th wicket and extended the match into the final overs. Praveen Manhas took 3 more wickets in his second spell to end the match with 5/22.The Royal Challengers were bowled out for 122 in the 20th over.
Sunday saw much better weather and both matches were played in sunshine.
NSK won the opener by 100 runs after posting a big total of 210. They were led by a splendid innings of 122 not out from Adeel Ilyas, carrying his bat after opening the innings. He hit 9 sixes and 7 fours, and his runs were made from just 64 balls. He received good support from Amit Sundly (25) and Arif (30). The Royal Challengers again passed 100 in their reply, thanks to 19 from Rubin Deol, 18 from Irtiza Dar, and 18 from Manvir Mann but could not keep up the scoring rate. They finished on 110 for 7 in their 20 overs.
Scorecard (note, correct scores should be Adeel Ilyas 122*, Mukul Diwan 3; in addition the run out in the Royal Challengers innings should be attributed to Rakesh Negi).
The Eagles took on the Tigers in the second match. The Eagles lost a wicket from the first ball of their innings but then sensible batting from captain Raheel Zaman (38) well supported by Madushanka (20) took them to 58 before the next wicket fell. Messam Timur (37*) and Najaf Raza Kami (15*) shared an unbeaten 47 run partnership to help the Eagles to 146/4 in 20 overs.
The Tigers also lost a wicket from the first ball of their innings, but Mohammed Zilani (20) led them to 41/2. Zilani fell leg before, and this initiated a collapse as 41/2 became 46/8. Movee and Shaifan put on 22 for the last wicket but the Tigers were 78/9 when the match ended, giving the Eagles a 68 run win. Messam Timur took 3 wickets for 4 runs in 3 overs as well as taking a good catch, and was clearly man of the match.
Scorecard (note: BD tigers score should be for 9 wickets in 19 overs, and Movee was not out, Waqas Ali with one less wicket).