Southern Champs Jain University, Bengaluru defended a modest 145 and carved out a thrilling six-run win against Western Wolves Mumbai University to enter the final of the Toyota University Cricket Championship on Friday night. Cruising towards a win after their openers gave them a rocking start, Mumbai threw it away as Bengaluru found a bowling hero in Suchith Jagadeesh, who took four wickets 10 runs to nail the home team in a dramatic finish.
Mumbai were coasting to victory with skipper Pradeep Jaiswal in the driver's seat but the script changed suddenly. Jaisal was guilty of throwing his wicket away after scoring a brisk 17-ball 25 and then Mumbai lost four wickets in a space of seven balls to hand Bengaluru the advantage.
It was Bengaluru's ability to keep cool under pressure that helped matters as the Jain boys clicked as a team and the fielders held every catch that came their way. Jagadeesh, playing his first match of the tournament, bowled his left-arm spins to perfection as he scalped the big wickets of Shashank Singh (23) and Jaiswal.