MIT students hold T20 tournament2 min read
Manipal: With the World Cup round the corner and the cricket fever gripping one and all, Manipal also witnessed a specimen of it at the Santhala ground. The Manipal T20 Tournament was organised by the fourth year mechanical engineering students of Manipal Institute of Technology (MIT).
The tournament which started on Jan 15th and concluded on Feb 3rd saw many teams participating for the event. “We received 64 entries this time and it is for the first time that so many teams registered for the event,” said Abhay Nandan, one of the organisers of the tournament. The teams had to pay Rs. 550 as registration fee for the team.
The 64 teams that registered played against each other in the first round battling it out to qualify for the second round. They played each other in a knock out format and total of 32 teams qualified for the second round. “This time we had teams from Planet Cafe, WGSHA, Anapoorna Mess, BBM, MIT and many other local teams playing in the league,” said Aamir Alam, also an organiser and a MIT fourth year student. In a match against Planet Café and Sneha Friends (the Anapoorna Mess Team) in the first round, Anapoorna Mess chased down the target of 74 runs winning the match by 6 wickets.
The four teams Legacy (a MIT fourth year team), Manipal Friends (Dollops Team), Auto Rock Star (a TMA Pai Polytechnical College team) and Kushagra XI made it to the semi finals. In a nail biting finish, ‘The Legacy’ chased down a target of 145 runs set by Dollops in the 20th over making it to the finals. The Auto Rock Stars after beating the Kushagra XI team made it to the finals as well.
The Legacy in the final match against the Auto Rock Star defended the target of 161 going on to win the T20 tournament. Talking about his win to TMJ, Abhash Kumar, Captain of The Legacy team said, “It has been a total team effort throughout the series. In the finals too, everyone gave their 100%. We had gauged our opponents suitably well and knew that we had to score big, atleast 150. Our batsmen ensured it. After that, it was just bowling to the plan. Feels great to win the tournament. We have done this twice in a row now, as we also won the Manipal Premier League (MPL) last year.” The winning teams were given a cash prize of Rs. 4,000 and the runners up a cash prize of Rs. 1,500.
Sub-Edited by: Anusha Ravishankar