Indian Sports Club Cricket team were crowned TNM T20 champions after beating Academy One by 3 wickets in a highly contested tournament on Sunday at Indian Sports Club in Limbe.
The tournament was participated by four teams namely, St Andrews, Academy One, Academy two and the champions Indian Sports Club.
Indian Sports Club captain, Arjun Kalaria said he was delighted to have beaten Academy because they proved they are a hard nut to cracker.
“When you get into the knockout stages you want to have runs under your belt. It doesn’t really matter how many runs, but once you get going, it just gives you that good feeling, which I feel is important in the knockout stages.
“Overall that’s one of the main reasons why I would say it was a good game for us, and all the batsmen, also, they were under pressure.”
“What was good was the spinners were put under pressure, and also we lost quick wickets initially, and that actually put our middle and lower middle order under pressure, so we gained a lot out of it,” said Kalaria.
Academy then lost four key wickets before Indian Sports Club put on an unbroken 195-run stand for the third wicket.
Academy captain Gift Kansankho said if your top order is batting well and you have to slog it out, you play the big shot, you get out, and you don’t score too many runs.
“We have the same kind of pressure. I’ve said it so many times, irrespective of which team we play or which tournament we play, we are under pressure.
“The good thing, the boys are quite used to it. A few times, there have been instances where we are down, but from that position, also, we have come back strongly and we have done well,”he said.
President of Malawi Cricket Union, Vivek Ganesan said he was impressed with the performance of players, who took part during the tournament and urged more companies to sponsor Cricket tournaments.
Ganesan also called upon the private sector to take a leading role in sponsoring Cricket in the country for its development.
In individual awards, man of the match went to Sailesa, who scored 61 runs, while player of the tournament went to Gift Kansonkho after scoring 207 runs at an average of 41.4.
Best Batsman went to Dickson Matiya after scoring 170 runs, while Donnex Kansonkho was voted best bowler after 9 wickets.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :