India (DAV Chandigarh) bow out of the Red Bull Campus Cricket World Final 2019 with their heads held high after qualifying to the play-offs. In playoff 2, DAV Chandigarh was beaten in a last over thriller against Pakistan (University of Karachi) by 4 wickets at ICC Academy in Dubai.
Team DAV Chandigarh made a brilliant start to the tournament as they outclassed ULA Bangladesh by mammoth 101 run victory in their first game of Group A. They followed this with a clinical performance against MCC University Leeds Bradford of England and beat them by 33 runs. However, after defeat against University of Pretoria of South Africa by 62 runs in their last group game, they finished as runners up setting up a mouthwatering clash against arch rivals Pakistan.
Despite defeat, India found some excellent individual performances from key players like Treykash Bali, Mayank Mayank, Pankaj Sharma and Himanshu Himanshu. Treykash Bali (total of 199 runs) and Mayank Mayank (155 runs) were amongst the top 3 run-getters in the tournament while Pankaj Sharma (9 wickets) and Himanshu Himanshu (8 wickets) were amongst the highest wicket-takers for DAV Chandigarh.
India (DAV Chandigarh) won the toss and chose to bat first in this must-win encounter against Pakistan(University of Karachi). India got off to a great start and posted a competitive total of 164-3 on the board in their 20 overs, courtesy star batsman Treykash Bali scoring a magnificent 81 off just 70 balls, which included 6 fours and 5 sixes. He was well supported by his opening partner Ripin Chaudhary who scored 44 in 38 balls.
In the run chase, Pakistan got off to a shaky start and lost early wickets. Middle-order batsman Mahmood Ali played a match-winning knock of 69 off 44 balls and a late 15 ball 34 cameo by Hamza Qadir propelled the Pakistan team to victory in an exciting last over finish despite some excellent bowling by Pankaj Sharma and Himanshu who picked up 2 wickets each.
India– 164-3 (20 overs) (Treykash Bali 81, Ripin Chaudhary 44; Muhammad Asad 1-26 in 4 overs)
Pakistan– 165-3 (19.4 overs) (Mahmood Ali 69, Hamza Qadir 34*; Pankaj Sharma 2-21 in 4 overs)
Pakistan (University of Karachi) won the game by 4 wickets
Man of the Match: Mahmood Ali for scoring a match-winning 69 off 44 balls.
Pakistan will now battle it out with Sri Lanka in playoff 3 with the winner facing South Africa in the World Final of Red Bull Campus Cricket 2019 at ICC Academy in Dubai on November 2nd
Earlier in the day, Group A winners South Africa played against Group B winners Sri Lanka in play off 1. South Africa won the game by41 runs to book their place Red Bull Campus Cricket World Final 2019.
Playoff 1:South Africa (University of Pretoria) beat Sri Lanka (International College of Business & Technology) by 41 runs
Playoff 2:Pakistan (University of Karachi) beat India (DAV Chandigarh) by 4 wickets
Pakistan will now play against Sri Lanka in playoff 3 on November 2nd, with the winner playing against South Africa for the Red Bull Campus Cricket World championship title on the same day.
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