It was the all exciting clash between Moran Stanley & C.G.I at the National Cricket Ground in Mumbai. On a good track like Nationals where you can score big runs, Morgan Stanley elected to bat first, to make a big total & put the opposition under pressure.
It wasn’t the best of the starts as their openers Symond & Jitendra fell early but it was a good revival by their no.3 batsman Juzer as he scored a solid 42 off 44 balls to stabilize the innings and gain the momentum back in their favor. However, the star of the match proved to be Kshitij Iyengar as he scored a quickfire 60 off just 30balls to steer his team total to a respectable 167/5 in 20 overs. Left-handed Kshitij completely dominated the bowlers & smashed the ball with authority stamping his presence in every corner of the ground as he smashed 3 fours & 6 big sixes in his entertaining knock of 60. In fact his half-century came in just 20balls which surely becomes one of the fastest half centuries of the tournament. The bowlers did a decent job but none of the bowlers proved to be dangerous or outstanding enough to disturb the opposition.
Chasing 168 in a T20 game is not the easiest of tasks & C.G.I did felt the pressure of chasing the score as they managed to make only 143/7 in 20 overs. The bowlers did a good job of containing the batsman as well as taking wickets at the right time. Sagar was the pick of the bowlers taking 2/30 in his 4 overs followed by a wicket each for the rest of the bowlers. Kshitij also contributed with the ball as he also took a wicket with his right-arm medium pace making it an all-round perfomance.
Morgan Stanley won by 24runs & Kshitij Iyengar was declared ‘man of the match’ for his all-round contribution. Cricketgraph congratulates Kshitij as well as the whole team for their win & wishes them all the luck for a great future.