Records broken as Avengers win T40 thriller, Royal Challngers beat Hurricanes
Avengers batted first and put a record breaking 323/6 on the board – no team had passed 300 in the complete history of cricket in Newfoundland before. Rahul Vashishtha led the way with the 7th century of this short summer, 153, from 96 balls. He hit 15 fours, and after reaching his century with his first six hit four more. Gurman Khurana made an excellent 59, batting almost one-handed due to an injury. Rahul’s was the 8th of the summer, and his 14th (although his first in 40-over matches).
Avengers looked heavy favourites but Ali Raza made 48 of an 86 run opening partnership. Indranil Malik, who normally bats lower in the order, opened with him and anchored the innings with an excellent 89. With 6 overs to go, the Tigers needed 87 with only 4 wickets, but a quite brilliant innings by Fahad Hossain took them to the last over needing 8 with just one wicket remaining. Three doubles took them to the brink of victory, but Fahad was bowled by Rahul from the 5th ball of the over to give the Avengers a win by a single run. Fahad made 68 from 34 balls; Rahul took 4/63 and Mehtab Singh 5/59, Congratulations to both teams on playing one of the best matches seen in Newfoundland.
Sunday again saw a high scoring game between Royal Challengers and the Hurricanes. The Royal Challengers posted the third consecutive 300+ total, making 301/6. Top scorer was Maanik Arora with 88, well supported by 52 from Aryan Falke and 64 from Akash Singh. The Hurricanes made a valiant attempt in reply making 265/8, with Wahid Rahman making the 8th century of the summer, 109, dismissed in the final over. Mukul Dhawan and Vishal Abhishek each took three wickets.