Having lost to Jamia Millia University in the first match of the Toyota University Cricket Championship on February 23 and then escaping with a last-ball win against Madras University, Mumbai University heaved a sigh of relief after their massive 151-run win against APS University, Rewa on Wednesday night. Stand-in captain Pradeep Jaiswal feels more than the big win, the form of Kevin D'Almeida and Shashank Singh will give Mumbai a huge boost ahead of the semifinal match against Jain University, Bengaluru here on Friday.
"I think Shashank's return to form after two failures and Kevin D'Almeida's back-to-back big knocks are just the good signs we needed before the next matches," Jaiswal said. "We needed this win (vs Rewa) and I think Kevin was outstanding," he added.
A 121-run second wicket partnership between D'Almeida and Singh helped Mumbai University amass a record 224 for four wickets. The left-handed D'Almeida hammered a 117 not out, only the third of the championship, and Singh scored a classy 60 off 37 balls.