Summer League- week 5
Royal Challengers batted first against NSK in Saturday’s opener, and thanks to an unbeaten 63 from Mukul Dhawan (27 balls, 6 sixes) made 146/7 from their 20 overs. He was well supported by Akash Singh (38). Rakesh Negi took 3/35, and Nick Baxter 2/10 for NSK. Talha Riaz and Amit Sundly put on 78 for the first wicket, Amit batting through the innings for 57. Nick Baxter finished off the game with a quick 18* as NSK won by 8 wickets with 1.4 overs to spare.
In the second game of the day an excellent 70 from 43 balls from Maanik Arora, supplemented by an unbeaten 32 from Dario Cox took Avengers to 186/6 from their 20 overs. The NL Eagles got off to a good start, with Raheel Zaman (45) and Hummam Bin Saif (29) putting on 85 for the first wicket. However the run rate had risen to over 10/ over, and the Eagles lost wickets as they tried to match it against some tight bowling. Saravana Kumar, Madhu Bandara and Rahul Vashishtha each took two wickets, and Eagles ended up 65 runs short.
Sunday’s match saw NSK earn a narrow victory over the Tigers. NSK lost two early wickets, but Rakesh Negi (28) and Nick Baxter (58) set them on course for a good total. Raga Ganesan hit well in the final overs, run out from the last ball of the innings for 41.
Adeel Ilyas (37) and Indranil Malik put on 66 for the first wicket as the Tigers fought hard for their first win. A good combined bowling effort from NSK led to wickets in the middle order, and an unbeaten 35 from M Zilani was to no avail as the Tigers fell 10 runs short.