Cricket News By TODAYLIVESCORE.INFO - Minor League Cricket Week 9: Unmukt Chand creates history. Chand scored 132 off just 69 deliveries.
Chand scored 132 off just 69 deliveries.
Semi Final 1: Empire State Titans vs Atlanta Fire (Titans won best of three semifinals 2-1)
Titans prevailed over the Fire by one run in the first game of the best-of-three semifinals bout. Bhaskar Yadram (50 off 25) and Christopher Barnwell (38 off 32) helped propel the Titans to 189 with some brutal death-overs batting. The Titans amassed 74 runs off the final five overs as Yadram and Barnwell combined to clobber seven sixes between them. Fire responded to the Titan's challenge with equal fervor. Steven Taylor blasted his way to a 34 ball 64 with Hanchard Hamilton matching him shot by shot for a blazing innings of 55 in 33 balls. However, neither of the two could see Fire home as the Titans defended 11 off the final over.
Brief Scores: Titans 189/5 in 20 overs (Bhaskar Yadram 50; Ateendra Subramanian 3-31) beat Fire 188/5 in 20 overs (Steven Taylor 64; Christopher Barnwell 2-39)
The Fire returned the exact favor in the next game as Fire inflicted a final over heartbreak to the Titans. Steven Taylor (80 off 43) and Sagar Patel (73 off 44) dashed towards the Titan's challenge of 210. The pair put on 152 before Taylor holed out to Damion Jacobs in the 13th over. Earlier Christopher Barnwell (82 off 40) and Bhaskar Yadram (44 off 24) sizzled yet again to power the Titans to a formidable score of 209. Corne Dry returned magical figures of 3-25 in his four overs in an innings where all the other bowlers went for over 9 rpo.
Brief Scores: Titans 209/8 in 20 overs (Christopher Barnwell 82; Corne Dry 3-25) lost to Fire 210/5 in 19.4 overs (Steven Taylor 80; Damion Jacobs 3-28)
The decider failed to live up to the drama of the preceding two encounters as the Titans made light work of their chase of 148 as they cantered home in the 17th over on the back of Jaladh Dua's 55 off 43 and Trevon Griffith's unbeaten 46 off 33. Fire got off to a worst possible start with their inform openers Steven Taylor and Sagar Patel back in the hut within 3 overs. Trinson Carmichael (2-24) and Damion Jacobs (2-25) kept chipping away with wickets in the middle overs as Titans were restricted to a below par 147.
Brief Scores: Fire 147-7 in 20 overs (Ridwan Palash 39; Trinson Carmichael 2-24) lost to Titans 149/2 in 16.4 overs (Jaladh Dua 55; Ateendra Subramanian 1-28)
Semi Final 2: New Jersey Stallions vs Morrisville Cardinals (Stallions won best of 3 semifinals 2-0)
The Stallions humbled the Cardinals by six wickets after the latter crumbled for 103. D Sivakumar was the only Cardinals batsman who looked fluent at the crease and caressed his way to 32 off 27 balls. Seamers Sachin Mylavarapu and Stephen Wiig bowled immaculate lines to make the batsmen struggle and got rewarded with two wickets each. Young prodigy Sai Teja Mukkamalla top scored for the Stallions with a neat 28 before Jon Ross Campbell crunched two crunched two consecutive sixes to finish off the game in the 18th over.
Brief Scores: Cardinals 103/10 in 20 overs (D Sivakumar 32; Sachin Mylavarapu 2-9) lost to Stallions 109/4 in 17.2 overs (Sai Teja Mukkamalla 28; Karthikeya Jagadish 1-6)
The Stallions handed another drubbing to the Cardinals, defeating them by 41 runs. Rovman Powell led the Stars' charge with 61 off 37 balls drilling 4 sixes and 4 fours in a fiery innings. Sai Teja Mukkamalla stewarded the innings with a mature 43 off 35 balls helping the Stars post 183. The Cardinals labored their way to 142 for 9 off 20 overs never threatening to mount the chase set by the Stallions. Stephen Wiig impressed again grabbing two crucial wickets of Kunal Sehgal and D Sivakumar.
Brief Scores: Stallions 183/7 in 20 overs (Rovman Powell 61; Aditya Padala 2-20) beat Cardinals 142/9 in 20 overs (Murali Ankaraju 33; Raymond Ramrattan 2-19)
Semi Final 3: Silicon Valley Strikers vs Austin Athletics (Strikers won best of 3 semifinals 2-1)
Shehan Jayasuriya's strokeful 78 off 51 balls downed the Athletics by eight runs. Jayasuriya held his fort amid a middle order slump as the Strikers looked precariously placed at 97 for 4 in the 14th over. Gary Graham's 3 sixes in a 37-run cameo off 19 deliveries gave the final impetus to the Strikers innings to have them notch 174. Except for Hamza Bangash (67 off 50), the Athletics batsmen failed to rise to the pressure of the chase. Bangash steered the innings right through the end but fell in the penultimate over as Athletics failed to score 18 off the final over.
Brief Scores: Strikers 174/5 in 20 overs (Shehan Jayasuriya 78; Jagrit Raj 1-13) beat Austin Athletics 166/9 in 20 overs (Hamza. Bangash 67; Abhsihek Paradkar 2-33)
Wlliam Perkin's scintillating innings of 53 off 31 balls scurried the Athletics home in the 18th over with able support from Jahmar Hamilton (41 off 30). Earlier Athletics bowlers Jannisar Khan and Derval Green had Strikers reeling at 82 for 6. Pranay Suri's lone hand of 77 helped the Strikers limp to 155 for 9 in their 20 overs.
Brief Scores: 155/9 in 20 overs (Pranay Suri 77; Derval Green 3-17) lost to Athletics 156/3 in 17.3 overs (William Perkins 51; Roshon Primus 2-23)
Unmukt Chand produced the innings of the tournament so far, as he single handedly helped the Strikers surpass a mounting chase of 185. Chand's whirlwind 132 off 69 deliveries (highest individual score in MiLC) was reminiscent of his U19 WC final hundred coming in similarly trying circumstances. Chand bossed the chase throughout as the next best score of the innings after his monumental 132 was a mere 15. For the Athletics Hamza Bangash impressed again with a sizzling 60 off 29 balls, laden with 5 sixes. But the day belonged to Chand as he created history with a thunderous knock.
Brief Scores: Athletics 184/9 in 20 overs (Hamza Bangash 60; Roshon Primus 2-31) lost to Strikers 188/4 in 19.3 overs (Unmukt Chand 132; Hamza Bangash 1-21)
Semi Final 4: Golden State Grizzlies vs Houston Hurricanes (Grizzlies won best of 3 semifinals 2-0)
Sami Aslam (65 off 58) and Zia Shehzad's (46 off 27) batting exploits helped the Grizzlies pip the Hurricanes by 11 runs. The duo shared a quickfire 78 run partnership for the second wicket off 55 balls to lift the Grizzlies to 173 in 20 overs. Neeraj Goel bowled an inspiring spell of fast bowling of 4 for 24 while Vatsal Vaghela spun a web around the Hurricanes with figures of 3 for 16. Willem Ludick (59 off 33) offered some resistance, but the rest of the Hurricanes batsman failed to cope with the soaring asking rate.
Brief Scores: Grizzlies 173/5 in 20 overs (Sami Aslam 65; Ali Khan 1-27) beat Hurricanes 162/10 in 19.2 overs (Willem Ludick 59; Neeraj Goel 4-24)
The Grizzlies annihilated the Hurricanes with a crushing 9 wicket win. The Hurricanes crawled their way to 136 for 9 against the Grizzlies bowlers who were on the money from the word go. The spin duo of Abheyender Singh (4 for 24) and Vatsal Vaghela (1 for 19) bowled in tandem to strangle a lackadaisical Hurricanes batting unit. The Grizzlies cantered home in a jiffy with four overs to spare thanks to a dazzling 74 off 48 balls from Zia Shehzad.
Brief Scores: Hurricanes 136/9 in 20 overs (Willem Ludick 31; Abheyender Singh 4-24) lost to Grizzlies 140/1 in 16 overs (Zia Shehzad 74; Ali Khan 1-24)