Gaurav Pathak & Maneesh Tripathi with help from Pallav & Aaresh power TKCC Royals into JCA T20 playoffs

In the crucial 2nd game of the day, Menara Devils won the toss and chose to bat first against TKCC Royals. The Menara batsmen came in with a very aggressive mind-set but a very good burst of fast, short-pitched bowling by Aaresh (3/28) had them reeling, with their top 3 big guns succumbing early to a combination of their own aggression & the bowling. A lot of Wides & a few shots by Vishav (19) helped Menara recover but Maneesh Tripathi (3/20) continued his great run with the ball to have Menara on the ropes at 73/6 after 10 overs. It took a fighting knock by Deepak Khullar (28) to help Menara reach a fightable score of 129 all out.

Despite losing Neeraj early, Gaurav Pathak (49) got TKCC Royals off to a blistering start. He played out the good balls but took full toll of the bad ones and by the time he got out, his side was well on-course at 75/2 at the half-way mark. He was given good support by Maneesh Tripathi at the other end. Some good wicket-keeping by Deepak & bowling by Mohit Keshwani (2/33) triggered a mini-collapse, but a mature knock of 37 not out by Pallav Malhotra ensured TKCC Royals win comfortably by 6 wickets & with more than 3 overs to spare.

Thanks to S. Gopalakrishnan & Suresh Subramanian for umpiring the game