New Delhi: Jamia Millia University bowlers craftily defended 139 for five wickets en route to a 12-run win against Madras University in a Group B match of the Toyota University Cricket Championship in New Delhi on Wednesday night. This was Jamia's second win in as many games and that puts them right on top of their pool.
The Southern Sharks from Chennai made a hash of a modest target and failed to pace their innings on a wicket that became increasingly slow and low as the evening wore on. The Kent RO Northern Stars (Jamia) bowlers did not disappoint their fans and medium pacer and Bowler of the Match Atif Ahmad (2/19) forked the heart out of the Madras batting with two wickets in his third over. Ganga Sridhar's 53 off 59 balls went in vain for the visitors.
From 53 for 2 in the 10th over, Madras crashed to 86 for five in the 15th after their batsmen played rash strokes because the asking rate was mounting. Rohit Ramamlingam played a 16-ball 24, but that was not enough for Madras. All credit to the Jamia bowlers who maintained a steady line and let the Madras batsmen make all the mistakes. The inability of the Madras batsmen to put a decent partnership in the middle proved to be their undoing.