TAPMI procures maiden Inter-MAHE cricket title
Manipal: T.A. Pai Management Institute (TAPMI) managed to hold their nerve against Manipal Institute of Technology (MIT)-A to clinch their maiden Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE) inter-collegiate cricket tournament victory at the MIT ground on Friday, March 2.
Chasing the score of 197 in 50 overs against a strong opposition like MIT-A wasn’t an easy task. With the dismissal of their opening batsman Harsh Singla who went cheaply by fending to an out-swinging delivery by Dhruv made matters worse for TAPMI. The onus was on the two TAPMI batsmen, Prateesh and Rajiv, to take their side home. Despite MIT keeping the flow of runs tight, their partnership started to flourish. Rajiv started showing some intent as he hit a mammoth six down the ground, giving jitters to the opposition. The pressure got to the MIT team as Rajiv was given a life in the 16th over when the keeper missed a stumping opportunity off leg-spinner Aditya. The duo of Rajiv and Prateesh, with a partnership of 79 runs, were leading their team towards victory before Prateesh (37 ball 25) was undone to a quick stumping by Likith. The prized scalp of Rajiv Patnaik was taken by Allen in the 24th over. Rajiv’s inning of 67 was the highest individual score in the match. His urge to keep the scoreboard ticking and aptly dealing loose balls by dispatching them to the boundary was a treat to watch.
MIT batsmen captured boosting spirit. || Photograph Courtesy: Divayansh Bargotra
The stout bowling by leggie Aditya worked as he made frequent inroads in the TAPMI’s batting line-up. Wickets falling at regular intervals and maiden overs in the middle overs ensured that MIT-A was in the game despite TAPMI inching closer to the target. The eighth wicket fell in the 44th over when Ishan skied Zanveer to Anshuman at long-on. Tail-enders Anshul and Param were dealing in singles as MIT eyed the last two wickets to lift the title. With TAPMI requiring 9 runs off 12 deliveries, MIT’s spearhead Rishab Dave was handed the responsibility to clean up the tail. The first two deliveries of the penultimate over cost 6 runs, before an outside edge off Anshul’s bat to the third man boundary sealed the fate of the game. Anshul’s gritty 20 proved to be the difference as TAPMI secured their maiden Inter-MAHE cricket title.
“This is an important victory for us, as there were many seniors playing, at least 11 seniors, and we have just a two year course. In five days we are leaving the campus, we might not come back. So it is a very important thing for us right now” said an elated TAPMI captain Abhay Singh.
Earlier in the day, MIT-A had won the toss and opted to bat. Openers Rohit and Sushrat had laid a good foundation for the team as they notched up 60 runs for the first wicket. Rajiv Patnaik took the wicket of the dangerous looking Rohit Sarkar, who scored 31 runs with the help five boundaries and one six. Rajiv’s spell turned out to be crucial as it accounted for four MIT wickets. Abhay and Suraj duly assisted him by chipping in with two wickets each. The highlight of the MIT innings was Rishab Dave’s performance with the bat as his 49 ball 44 helped MIT post a respectable total of 196 on the board after they were reduced to 147/9.
The Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE) inter-collegiate cricket tournament 2018 was conducted by MCOPS. MIT’s Physical Education Director, Sridhar H. presented the awards to the winners and runners-up.
With inputs from Ujjwal Kumar
TAPMI-198/8 in 48.3 overs (Rajiv-67, Prateesh-25, Aditya-3/26) beat MIT-A- 196/9 in 50 overs
(Dave-44, Rohit-31, Rajiv-4/31)
Edited by Pravin C
Featured Image Courtesy: Divayansh Bargotra