Pondicherry T20 Tournament 2021: Finals (Panthers XI vs Sharks XI) (Siechem Cricket Stadium, Match 33)
Pondicherry, 23 Aug’21 (08.00 PM):
You name it T20 tournament, it will have all ingredients of nail-biting finish. The final of Byju’s Pondicherry T20 Tournament between Sharks XI Vs Panthers XI was also no exception to this.
Deciding to bat first, Sharks XI were not comfortable at the beginning as they were just around 30 in the seventh over. But, after 16th over, change of gear saw Panthers being toyed by Sharks XI as Premeaj (50 off 27 balls, with 3 fours and 3 sixes) and Chiranjeevi (42 of 19 balls, with 2 fours and 4 sixes) completely changed the game to an electrifying atmosphere, posting 158/6. Chasing 159, Panthers were cruising well until opener Priyam Ashish was dismissed, from where R.Sharma danced at the middle with three quick wickets. Skipper Rohit was in his unusual, playing quietly to recover from the slump. Rohit (51 off 40) departed when the score was 88/5, and Iqlas Naha (33 off 27) took charge to chase in the company of Manikandan (39 off 29). However, in the last over Panthers needed 10 runs, which created tense moments to both the teams. Ashith Rajiv hit a six and four to finish with four deliveries to spare. Rohit was declared man of the match.
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