Rajeev Rajeswaran bought all his experience to bear in an all-round performance that took Victorious Secret into the semi-finals

Two different style wins saw the pool leaders Jaguar CC & Victorious Secret confirm their play-off places by ensuring they top their respective pools. An unbelieveable blitzkrieg by Sasikumar saw Jaguar CC beat defending champions TKCC Royals in a high-scoring game while Rajeev’s all-round act helped Victorious Secret comfortably beat Emerio Dragons in a low-scorer.

Victorious Secret lost their captain William early and when the in-form Kiruba also fell, they were in a spot of bother. Rajeev Rajeswaran (36) and Viraj Bhammar (36) consolidated the innings and with the help of some lusty hitting by David Singha (24) made sure that Victorious Secret reached 128/7 in their 20 overs and what looked like a par score on a heavy outfield. Manish Dubey with 2/13 & Sujay with a economical spell were the key bowlers for Emerio Dragons.

In reply, Emerio never got going as they kept losing wickets at regular intervals and couldn’t string together a partnership. Kirubasankar made up for his batting by some beautiful, loopy off-spin (2/20) and also in the field with 4 dismissals. Rajeev, then rounded off a great day for him with a clever spell where he mixed the pace and trajectory of his deliveries to scalp 3/20 and emerge the Man of the match. The birthday boy Govind Sodani with 26 & Nitin with 21 offered the sole resistance from Emerio and despite a fighting last wicket partnership, Emerio fell short by 19 runs, being bowled out for 109.

Thanks to Corbon Loughnan & Rahul Pagad for umpiring the game