TUCC: Gwalior shut out Aligarh, enter semis

In a thrilling contest at the Captain Roop Singh Stadium, Jiwaji University defended a modest 139 thanks to Captain Cool Sohraab Dhaliwal and all-rounder Prashant Mavai.

updated: March 06, 2013 01:08 IST
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Gwalior: You just can't keep Prashant Mavai and Sohraab Dhaliwal out of any game. Western Wizards Jiwaji University, Gwalior stomped into the semifinals of the Toyota University Cricket Championship with a well-earned seven-run win against Northern Stallions Aligarh Muslim University, who made a hash of chasing a winning target of 140 runs. Jiwaji, thus became the second team from group A to make the last-four stage of the tournament with two wins from three games. Jain University, Bengaluru had already made the semis before.

Brilliant all-round shows by Mavai and Dhaliwal highlighted an entertaining evening at the Captain Roop Singh Stadium. Mavai deservingly won the Man of the Match award for taking four wickets for 24 off 3.3 overs and scoring a 30-ball 39 when the chips were down for the Gwalior boys.

Dhaliwal played an equally important role. An unbeaten 35 off 23 balls was followed by a wicket and three crucial catches. But it was Dhaliwal's smart change of bowlers that never let Aligarh settle and chase down the target. Even if Dhaliwal and Mavai played their roles to perfection, no less were leg spinner Pawan Dhakad and off-spinner Ravi Sikkarwar. The latter was the Bowler of the Match bagging 2 for 13, having come on to bowl as late as the 17th over.

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