MIT (A) wins cricket tournament
Manipal: Manipal Institute of Technology (MIT) (A) team won the Manipal University (MU) Inter Collegiate Cricket tournament by beating the Kasturba Medical College (KMC), Mangalore team by a staggering 66 runs in the finals played on October 28 at the MIT cricket ground.
The tournament that began on September 12 featured a total of 20 teams in a knock out format spread over 21 games played on two grounds, the MIT Cricket Ground and the MU Cricket ground at End Point.
In the big final which consisted of 50 overs each, MIT (A) won the toss and elected to bat first. While opener Bharat Raj piled on a half century 62(65), he lost partners at the other end. After a half century partnership, MIT (A) was well placed on 148-5 in 24 overs but wickets soon fell, setting up a target of 169 for the KMC, Mangalore. Ifat Hasan from KMC, Mangalore picked up three wickets.
The visitors in pursuit of victory got off to a careful start scoring a solid 30 of the first seven overs. G. Rakesh of KMC, Mangalore remained unbeaten on 22, the sole survivor of the KMC side. Soon in 28 overs KMC, Mangalore was all out for 102 which ensured a convincing victory for the hosts. It was an added bonus for MIT (A) skipper Yashraj and Bharat Raj with both picking up three wickets each.
“Our main aim behind organising such a tournament is to give the students a perfect platform to showcase their talent, also from here on we select them for the district and state level,” said Dr. H. B. Kempraj, Director, Physical Education, MIT.
Yashraj, the skipper of the victorious MIT (A) team said, “It has been a complete team effort. We have done well in all three departments and that has made all the difference.”
“The turnout is actually very disappointing throughout the Mahe Cup. I think the organizers should pull in more crowed by promoting the event,” said Partho Mohanty, a first year Manipal School of Architecture and Planning (MSAP) student who was one of the very few spectators who came to see the finals.
Sub-edited by Urvashi Ajmera