IndiaFirst Life Insurance starts the Cricket Season with a bang by lifting the Blue Storm F15 Trophy’19
The Knockouts (T10 Matches) of the Blue Storm F15 Tournament took place at the NRI Complex Ground, Seawoods.
In the second Semi-final, CYSS set a target of 80 Runs in 10 Overs for IndiaFirst to qualify for the Finals. Abhijeet top-scored with 29 off 21 Balls. Miserly spells from Skipper Ajish Abdul Rehman (2-0-7-1) & Pushkar Sharma (2-0-9-2) – both extremely tight, especially in the T10 context – ensured that their Team didn’t have an unmanageable task. During their pursuit, Wicket Keeper Babli Sharma played a blinder of an Innings scoring 28 off just 15 Balls (3 Fours & 2 Sixes). Pushkar anchored the Innings with 21 Runs. A huge Six by Ajish sealed the fate of the Match, before the winning Runs came in the tense moments with 3 Balls to spare. Pushkar Sharma was adjudged Man of the Match for his all-round performance.
The Final was reduced to 6 Overs aside with sunset fast approaching. OC India set a target of 50 Runs in 6 Overs for IndiaFirst to lift the Trophy. With only one Bowler allowed to bowl 2 Overs, Ajish pegged them back with a tight spell of 2-0-13-1. Swaminathan GK bowled an excellent final Over conceding just 4 Runs. The chase started rather shakily with 2 quick Wickets. But again Babli played a little gem of an Innings of 22 off 15 Balls (2 Sixes). Needing 4 off the last Over under fading light, in another close finish, Ajish hit the winning Boundary with a lofted flick over Square Leg in cameo of 16 off 8 Balls. Babli Sharma was awarded the Man of the Match.
It was another excellent Team effort from IndiaFirst Life Insurance. Pushkar Sharma was adjudged the Best Batman of the Tournament for his consistent performances with the Bat. Babli Sharma won the accolades for Best Fielder. Ajish Abdul Rehman bagged the Best Bowler of the Tournament. It was a fitting All-round display from the Skipper in the crucial Knockout stage.
This was IndiaFirst’s second Trophy this Season from as many Tournaments. Earlier they had won the BU Cup 2019 organised by the Bombay United Cricket Club.