New Delhi: Southern Champs Jain University, Bengaluru won the inaugural Toyota University Cricket Championship in a low-scoring final against Kent RO Northern Stars Jamia Millia Islamia on Sunday night. In a dramatic match that went all the way to the wire, the Bengaluru boys held their nerves to win by 2 runs.
Bengaluru proved to be the team to beat on the big days when they defended a sub-par total, with India under-19 star Shreyas Gopal playing a brilliant all-round role to first score an unbeaten 83 and then taking 2 for 16 to fork the heart out the Jamia chase. The home team, backed by a strong crowd, managed 120 for seven when their overs ran out.
This was Jain University's second big crown this year. In January, they beat Mumbai University in the all-India Rohinton Baria tournament and on Sunday night, the Bengaluru boys held their nerves, came back from the dumps twice to outsmart the Jamia Millia boys, whose batting failed to click under pressure.