Aligarh: Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) cricket team reached the semi-finals with a crushing six-wicket victory over Gurukul Kangri University (GKU), Haridwar in the first quarter-final on Thursday at Willingdon Pavilion.
Thanks to promising batsman Aman (53 off 53) who once again showed class by playing a mature inning when AMU lost three early wickets to the formidable attack of GKU. Chasing 154, AMU defeated GKU comfortably. Pratham was the main bowler, who took three wickets for AMU.
Battling first GKU could not capitalise on a good start given by their openers and were bowled out for 154 in just 27.3 over. Kapil scored an aggressive knock of 60 runs, while Arpit took one wicket for GKU.
Two matches were played at 10+2 ground, in the first session Guru Govind Singh Indraprast University (New Delhi) batting first scored a big total of 196 runs by the help of Vishal’s scintillating knock of 85 runs which included 8 huge sixes and defeated MA Jauhar University, Rampur by 83 runs, MAJU could manage only 113 runs and were bowled out in 19.5 overs.
In a close fought second session, Himachal Pradesh University (HPU), Shimla won the match by 11 runs. After winning the toss, HPU elected to bat first, scored 139 for the loss of five wickets. Major contributors were Vevrath (32 off 35 balls) and Rahul (32 off 22 balls). Chaudhary Ranbir Singh University, Jind (Haryana) could only manage 138 runs losing nine wickets. Swraj (32 off 20 balls) was the highest scorer for the team.
At the Athletics’ Ground; Punjabi University, Patiala defeated Baba Ghulam Shah Baadshah University (BGSBU), Rajouri by 141 runs. Batting first Punjabi University scored 176 runs in stipulated 20 overs for the loss of four wickets. Aditya (40 not out off 31 balls) and Sahil (36 not out off 30 balls) were major contributors.
BGSBU could not face the lethal attack of pacer Rakesh (4 wickets for 6 runs) and were bundled out in the 11th over, scoring only 29 runs. None of their batsman could reach the double figures.