With half the number of games in the Toyota University Cricket Championship over, the clamour for semi-final spot from the two groups are on. The T20 championship now moves to Central India where the Captain Roop Singh Stadium, Gwalior will host its first game on Saturday, between the Western Wizards from Jiwaji University Gwalior and the Eastern Eagles from the Vir Bahadur Singh Purvanchal University, Jaunpur.
Both the Group A teams lost their opening ties to the tournament's first semi-finalist Jain University, Bengaluru. Where Gwalior lost by 39 runs at the M Chinnaswamy stadium on February 26, Jaunpur succumbed to a 130-run thrashing without a fight in the second game of the tournament. Both teams will be eager to grab a win, that will keep them alive in the tournament and with a realistic chance of making the semis.
Ferozpur-born Gwalior skipper Sohraab Dhaliwaal, who sports a handle bar moustache and loves Punjabi music, will hope to lead by example with both bat and bat, somewhat like the tournament's run-machine and Bengaluru skipper Kaunain Abbas. Dhaliwaal, carried decent form with him prior to the tournament scalping four wickets and scoring 56 runs in the quarters and semis of Rohinton Baria Trophy before the 21 runs and 1 wicket he registered in the first match.