New Delhi: In the fitness of things, the teams that will clash in the final of the Toyota University Cricket Championship on Sunday have been unbeaten in the tournament so far. Kent RO Northern Stars Jamia Millia Islamia lock horns with Southern Champs Jain University, Bengaluru, both teams wanting to keep their four-match winning streak intact, one last time!
Jain University, Bengaluru have looked the most accomplished side in the tournament so far. The manner in which they defended a low total (145/6) against a top team like Mumbai University at the Brabourne Stadium on Friday night speaks volumes about the team's ability to keep its nerves intact on big days. It was the almost perfect team game the Southern Champs could have asked for as their slow bowlers bowled extremely tidy spells and the fielding was spotless.
Jamia, by contrast, are a team high on adrenaline and with thousands in the stands and even treetops to cheer them up, the Delhi boys are living a dream. Jamia topped group B, having beaten two fancied teams like Mumbai (tournament opener on February 23) and Madras en route to the semifinals. The route to the final, however, was a no contest with the Jiwaji University, Gwalior boys caught by stage-fright in their first big game under floodlights. Jamia won by 10 wickets after packing the Gwalior boys off for a paltry 61, the lowest team total in the championship.