MIT wins MU cricket tournament for third consecutive year2 min read
Manipal: The Manipal Institute of Technology (MIT) A team won the Manipal University (MU) cricket tournament for the third consecutive year, beating the Manipal Institute of Management (MIM) team in the finals match on October 25. Due to heavy rain, the match was halted and MIT declared the winners, with the team average taken into consideration, in accordance with the playing conditions under Result 2(A) of the rule book.
MIT batted first, putting a total of 140 runs on board and was all out in 36.4 overs. Saurab of MIM picked up three wickets, conceding just 13 runs in three overs and restricting MIT to its lowest total in the entire tournament. The second innings appeared smooth for MIM as the captain Pramodh M.S. hit a number of boundaries. He was dismissed at 45 and the middle order came crumbling down after him. The score was 77 for six wickets in 25 overs.
The weather played spoilsport when MIM were 122 for eight wickets in 35 overs and needed only 19 runs to win in five overs. Speaking about the turn of events, Pramodh said, “Luck was not on our side today. Cricket matches are like tossing a coin. Nobody knows how things can change, but I’m happy with the team performance. We select our playing eleven from 120 odd students of our college and they pick up their side from 5000-6000 students. Keeping this in mind, we are considerably a better side.”
“The match was very close. MIM bowled pretty well and restricted us to a low total. But our fielding ensured they didn’t score big runs and then it rained, favouring us,” said Parth Sharma, the MIT A-team captain.
Dr. Kemparaj, Director of Physical Education at MIT said, “The tournament went well this time and ended within a month unlike last time, when the matches got over in March due to the rains. We have really good players and the best ones will be picked up for the University team, which will represent MU in the South Zone Inter University Cricket tournament.”
Sub-edited by: Narayanan G.