A brilliant all-round performance by Gurinder Singh (47 no and 4 for 12) enabled GNPS -36 drub DAV-15 by a huge deficit of 57 runs in the semi final on the 6th day of the inter-school cricket tournament for boys ( under-19) for Adviser’s Cup being played at Sector 16 Cricket Stadium in Chandigarh on Tuesday.
Winning the toss,GNPS-36 decided to bat first on a good batting wicket and posted a competitive total of 186 runs in their allotted 25 overs losing 7 wickets. GNPS got off to good start as their openers Gunjit and Shivam batted well and scored 34 and 17 runs in the opening slot. The innings was further carried on by Anil Sihag (55) who played all over the park along with an unbeaten 47 by Gurinder Singh who batted with maturity and managed to take the team to a total of 186 runs. Rozal Batra and Tanveer were the only successful bowlers from DAV-15 who claimed two wickets each giving away 36 and 30 runs,respectively.
In reply,DAV-15 had no answer to a disciplined GNPS bowling and managed to get hold of a paltry 129 in 25 overs losing 9 wickets. Tanveer and Kunal showed some resistance and scored 21 and 29 runs for the DAV team. Rozal and Sudhanshu also chipped in with 20 and 19 runs to contribute to the total. It was a magical spell by Gurinder who restricted the DAV batters to score freely and scalped 4 for 12. Anshul Tripathi supported him from the other end and claimed 2 for 28 to clear the way for the finals.
In the second semi final played later in the day,DAV-8-A got the better of GMSSS-35 in a well contested match by a margin of 18 runs to qualify for the finals. Electing to bat first,DAV-8 piled up a decent total of 136 runs for the loss of 8 wickets in their allotted 25 overs. Ankit Kaushik played a good knock of 47 runs and was well supported by Harpreet who made 33 runs. From the bowling side,Shreshth and Kuljinder claimed 3 wickets each and conceded 21 and 28 runs,respectively.
Chasing the target,GMSSS-35 fought well but fell short by 18 runs and bundled out for 118 in 24.2 overs. Only Bhajanjot made a notable contribution of 51 runs for the team and Sachin chipped in with 21runs later in the innings. Gaurav Rohal was the pick of the bowlers as he bowled a great spell and captured 4 victims for just 10 runs along with Ankit who got 2 for 20.