NSK end Avengers unbeaten streak
The Avengers have put together a remarkable winning streak over the last three seasons, with their last outdoor defeat being in August 2017. This finally came to an end after 26 games, when NSK beat them by 7 wickets on Saturday. The win was founded on an excellent bowling and fielding performance by NSK, dismissing the Avengers for 124. Tight opening spells from Nick Baxter (2/10) and Deep Patel (2/22) put pressure on the Avengers from the start. Gagandeep Mankoo top-scored for the Avengers with 39, Maanik Arora (18), Gurman Khurana (25) and Ali Raza (20) made runs in the middle order, but at a modest run rate. Wickets tumbled as the Avengers tried to accelerate, with four run outs as they fell from 106/3 to 124 all out.
Talha Riaz (24) and Abhishek Doshi (25) put on 42 for the first wicket, and NSK progressed to a comfortable win with man of the match Rakesh Negi (32*) and Nick Baxter (24*) finishing off the match with 3.4 overs to spare.
Avengers remain on top of the league table on net run rate, with the two teams tied on 14 points.
Heavy rain started just after the match finished, preventing any play between Royal Challengers and Eagles.