BMS – Sri Lanka pulled off an almost improbable run chase when they hunted down 212 against the much fancied Indians to emerge champions of the Red Bull Campus Cricket 2018 – World Finals at the SSC today (29).
A blistering 75* by Pasindu Lakshanka carried Sri Lanka to the final of the Red Bull..
India batting first got off to a solid start but the Sri Lankan bowlers managed to control the damage to a certain extent before Divyang Hingekar decided to go berserk in the energizer over taking Janith Liyanage for 44 runs (runs scored in the energizer over to be multiplied by two).
Hingekar finished with an unbeaten 46* off 21 balls but it was Murtaza Shabbir and Yash Nahar who set things up beautifully for the Indians with half centuries at the top of the order.
India finished with 211/2 and seemed clear favorites to win at the break with Sri Lanka missing most of their key players due to Mercantile cricket commitments.
Sri Lanka though had other ideas with Dineth Thimodya hitting a quick-fire half century at the top of the order before useful knocks from Supeshala Jayathilaka and Hashan Dumindu kept them in the hunt.
It still looked like Sri Lanka had too much to do but Koshan Jayawickrama hit a couple of humongous sixes in a whirlwind knock of 21, while Ranitha Liyanarachi remained unbeaten on 26* as Sri Lanka secured a dramatic 4 wicket win off the last ball.
Rohan Damle was outstanding once again capturing 4/30 but the Indians were shell shocked as the rest of their bowlers were hit all over the park as BMS – Sri Lanka secured their 2nd Red Bull Campus Cricket – World Finals title.
It was interesting to note that Sri Lanka were thrashed by India earlier in the tournament playing their full squad, before they turned the tables in front of a decent crowd at the SSC this evening.
SL won by 4 wickets
|Shubham Nagawade||c D Wickramanayake b J Liyanage||5||6|
|Murtaza Shabhir||not out||76||48|
|Yash Nahar||c P Madushan b D Pathmanathan||58||45|
|Divyang Hingekar||not out||46||21|
Sri Lanka’s Innings
|Pasindu Lakshan||b A Pore||19||13|
|Dinesth Thimodya||c M Shabbir b R Damle||54||34|
|Hashan Dumindu||b R Damle||28||25|
|Supeshala Jayathilaka||c M Shabbir b R Damle||29||23|
|Janith Liyanage||c S Nagawade b D Deshmukh||0||2|
|Ranitha Liyanarachchi||not out||26||14|
|Koshan Danushka||b R Damle||21||10|
|Devind Pathmanathan||not out||5||2|