It was a neck to neck encounter between Empire CC & Team United 11 of the Skyline Summer League 2017 where in Empire Cricket Club won the toss & elected to bat first.
Batting first where in the match was reduced to 19overs per side, Empire CC made 202/3 in 19 overs which is a very good score to defend in a T20 game. Aggressive batsman Rajesh Gulia smashed a 37ball 73 which was completely entertaining to watch. Rajesh did not spare any bowler & smashed boundaries in every corner of the ground which included 5fours & 6big heaves (sixes) clearing the ropes. Manoj also scored a solid half century remaining unbeaten on 50* off just 31balls which included 4fours & 3sixes. Upender was the pick of the bowler taking 1/21 followed by a wkt for Ajay Yadav though he went for 27 in his 2overs.
In reply, Team United gave a very tough fight and it was a neck to neck match which remained exciting till the end. Eventually Team United fell short of just 6runs scoring 197/8 in 19 overs. Bharat Narula smashed a 20 ball 49 which included 6 sixes while all-rounder Upender smashed a quick fire 23ball 42(5fours, 1six). Raju was the pick of the bowlers taking 3/21 followed by 2/43 by Avinash.
Empire CC won the match by 6runs & the highlight of the match was certainly the aggressive batting by Rajesh & Manoj wherein Manoj was also declared ‘man of the match’ for his solid unbeaten half-century.