July 2: NSK beat Royal Challengers
Only one league match was played this weekend, and this was postponed to the holiday Monday after a rainy Saturday. NSK beat the Royal Chaqllengers by 13 runs in a well-contested match. Royal Challengers put NSK into bat, and were rewarded with early wickets, Tendai Mudunge bowling with some hostility to dismiss both the openers, with only 8 on the board. Abishek Doshi in a patient innings of 45 from 43 balls supported by Rakesh Negi (16, falling to an excellent catch from Amit Neghandi) and Amit Sundly (14) took the score to 133. A late flurry of hitting from Raga Ganesan (25 from just 11 balls) took NSK to a total of 147/9 from their 20 overs.
The Royal Challengers made a good start in their reply, Waqas Ahmed making 14, Amit Neghandi 10 and Ranvir Rana 18, but fell behind the required run rate. Amrish made a useful 2, but the batting honours went to Kamal Gosal with a spectacular half-century, 56 from just 27 balls with six sixes. The run rate was just too high at that point and the Challengers finished 13 runs short. NSK bowled well, led by Mukul Diwan’s 1/15 in 4 overs, two wickets for Amit Sundly and Adeel Ilyas, and only 4 wides bowled in the innings- possibly a Summer League record.
Abishek and Kamal were jointly awarded man of the match honours.
Note: there were some scoring errors in the 2nd innings- we’ve tried to remedy them by re-scoring the match; any corrections, let us know.