Gwalior: Northern Stallions Aligarh Muslim University kept their hopes alive for a semifinal berth in the Toyota University Cricket Championship with a five-wicket win against Eastern Eagles VBS Purvanchal University, Jaunpur in a group A match at the Captain Roop Singh Stadium here on Sunday night. The Jaunpur boys return empty handed after losing all their three league games.
After their first win in two matches, Aligarh are level on points with Jiwaji University, Gwalior (also one win from two matches). Aligarh and Jiwaji clash on Tuesday in Gwalior and the winner will make the last-four stage of the tournament. Unbeaten in three games, Jain University Bengaluru were the first to make the semifinals from group A.
A 19-ball 29-run sixth wicket stand between Taha Ali and Rehan Aziz helped Aligarh cruise past the winning target of 136. But it was a 42-ball 48 by Yasir Kaleem that helped the Stallions build the platform for a much-needed victory. Aligarh (139/5) won with three balls to spare but only after surviving anxious moments when Kaleem was caught brilliantly by Raj Srivastava (15th over) Danish Ali exited in the 16th and Vipin Kumar (17) was bowled by Pradeep Jaiswal in the 17th over.