It was a crucial league match between two exciting teams namely CEX vs Best Seller at the National Cricket Club, Mumbai. It was important for both the teams to win to advance in the tournament. CEX came to the ground without their top 7 regular players & Sumit Chiluka was their stand in skipper for this match.
Winning the toss first, Sumit elected to bat first as he has a better bowling line up to defend the score and also make the most of the opportunity of batting first. Team CEX made 139/3 in 20 overs which is always a defendable score if not big. CEX were calm in the first 10 overs but they changed gears in their last six overs of the game. Zulkarnain was the pick of the batsman scoring a well crafted 66 off 71 balls. However, it was Sumit’s quickfire 35ball 47 which took the team total to almost 7 runs per over (i.e 139 in 20overs). Sumit attacked all the bowlers with ease and also did good running between the wickets with Zulkarnain. In fact both the batsman stitched a wonderful partnership of 120 runs which played a very crucial role towards their team’s success.
Team Best Seller looked good and gave a tough fight but they were eventually all out for 121 runs in 20 overs. Hardly any batsman could convert their 10”s and 20’s apart from Allen J who scored a gritty 43 off just 27 balls. Skipper Sumit played the captain’s role to perfection as he also did some great bowling scalping 4/26 in 4 overs with his effective medium pace. Team CEX won the match by 18 runs & stand in skipper Sumit chiluka was adjudged ‘man of the match’ for his all round perfomance.
With a good victory in this match, Team CEX will surely have a lot of confidence when they advance into the tournament.