Hosts DY Patil produced their ‘A’ game when it mattered the most as they shocked two times reigning champions Reliance 1 by seven wickets in the final of the 15th DY Patil T20 Cup held recently. The key protagonists of the DY Patil ‘A’ team success was Mandeep Singh’s brilliance with the bat and Rahul Tewatia all-round performance which included a late order 13 ball onslaught that floored the opposition while chasing a target of 181, much to the delight of thousands of home supporters who thronged the picturesque floodlit DY Patil Stadium in Nerul.
In a battle royale between two champion teams , Reliance 1 posted 180 for 6 in their 20 overs thanks to handy knocks by their burly opener Nikhil Naik (53) and former u-19 world Cup player Anukul Roy (50 n.o.) in the later part of the innings. However it was some excellent aggressive leg spin bowling by the Tewatia (3/21) post the power play and accurate medium pace attack by Shubham Ranjane (1/34) coupled with some excellent catches by Subodh Bhatti of Unmukt Chand (2)
at deep square leg and former Reliance 1 captain Saurabh Tiwary (12) running back from mid-on towards long- on, along with that by Shashank Singh off current captain Krunal Pandya (2) at the edge of deep fine leg boundary with his back to the batsman that ensured DY Patil ‘A’ chase a par score.
In their chase, DY Patil ‘A’ were well served by their inform Mandeep’s unbeaten 78 off 51 balls with seven boundaries and two sixes which included one over long off boundary in the final over off slow left arm spinner Pawan Negi in the final over. Batting at No. 3 Mandeep first added 41 runs with former India international Robin Utthapa (27) before the latter was dismissed in the final over of the power play to slow left arm spin off Ankul Roy’s (1/23). Mandeep latter added 79 runs for the third wicket with Shubham Ranjane (39) to stabilise the innings and then added a further 52 with south paw Tewatia (31 n.o.) for an unbroken fourth wicket stand to ensure the host a morale boosting win over their rivals. DY Patil A pocketed eight lakh rupees plus the trophy, whereas Reliance One had to settle for a runner-up trophy and a sum of Rs five lakhs.
DY Patil A’s winning captain Iqbal Abdullah under whose leadership the hosts had defeated the same rivals way back in 2013 and did an encore in the 15th edition too, paid tribute to the spirit in the side for the triumph. “Robin (Uthappa) Bhai, Mandeep, Rahul, Takawale all helped me with their inputs throughout the tournament. We never let the morale sag and came through with a strong all-round performance. Full credit to the whole side,” said Abdullah.
A disappointed Reliance 1 skipper Krunal Pandya (selected to represent India in T20 series against New Zealand) however was proud of the performance of his squad. “At half stage we felt we had enough on the board, because in a final chasing around 180 is not easy. But all credit to DY Patil A, they batted superbly. This tournament is one of the best in the country in T20 format and it was good to have played here before I head off to New Zealand,” said Pandya.
Men of the final Tewatia and Mandeep were ecstatic with their performances. Mandeep Singh said: “My gameplan was simple to bat till the end. I backed my self and it paid off well It has been a good tournament for me. I have scored three-four fifties.” Tewatia said: “Mandy was set, I was keen to finish the game with him. We thought they would be putting up 190 to chase because they had a good powerplay.”
Player of the tournament Aman Khan who also won the award for the most sixes was pleased to have come out on top of the charts. “I got the start that I wanted in the tournament and I just carried it forward in the other matches. I practice to hit big because I like hitting sixes. It could have been a better tournament for us as a side, but DY Patil A was the better side today. I would have liked to have been on the winning side,” said Aman who turned out for DY Patil B in the tournament.
Earlier in the edge of the seat semi-finals ties, DY Patil A held their nerves to beat DY Patil B by mere two runs, whereas Reliance One managed to come through a high-scoring clash against Canara Bank with five runs to spare. Incidentally both the ties were decided in the final ball of the matches.
Semi-Finals: At University Ground: Reliance 1 – 217 for 6 in 20 overs (Nikhil Naik 95, Saurbh Tiwary 32; MG Naveen 2/38, Kranti Kumar 2/45)beat Canara Bank – 212 for 9 in 20 overs (Kranti Kumar 39 n.o., Raajoo Bhatkal 29, KB Pawan 27, Bharat Chipli 24; Rahul Shukla 3/54, Baltej Singh 2/23) by five runs. Man of the Match: Nikhil Naik (Reliance 1).
At DY Patil Stadium: DY Patil ‘A’ – 165 for 5 in 20 overs (Mandeep Singh 59 n.o., Rahul Tewatia 29, Yogesh Takawale 28, Shubham Ranjane 28; Nathu Singh 2/38) beat DY Patil ‘B’ – 163 for 7 in 20 overs (Kevin D’Almeida 59, Sarfaraz Khan 36; Rahul Tewatia 2/29) by two runs. Man of the Match: Mandeep Singh (DY Patil ‘A’).
Final: At DY Patil Stadium: Reliance 1–180 for 6 in 20 overs (Nikhil Naik 53 (36b; 4x4s, 2x6s); Anukul Roy 50 n.o (32b; 4x4s, 2x6s)., Tajinder Dhillon 20; Rahul Tewatia 3/21) lost to DY Patil ‘A’ –183 for 3 in 19.2 overs (Mandeep Singh 78 n.o. (51b; 7x4s, 2x6s), Shubham Ranjane 39 (29b; 1×4, 2x6s) , Rahul Tewatia 31 n.o.( 13b; 3x4s, 3x6s); Rahul Shukla 2/27) by seven wickets. Men of the Final: Rahul Tewatia and Mandeep Singh (DY Patil ‘A’)
Individual Award Winners Of The Tournament
Player of the tournament (Rs 50,000): Aman Khan (DY Patil B)
Best bowler (Rs., 25,000): Rahul Shukla (Reliance One)
Best batsman (Rs. 25,000): Bharat Chipli (Canara Bank)
Best fielder (Rs. 25,000): Rippal Patel (DY Patil B)
Most Sixes (Rs. 20,000): Aman Khan (DY Patil B)