Northern Stars Jamia Millia Islamia avenged their Rohinton Baria defeat against Western Wolves Mumbai University in thrilling contest on Saturday night. Chasing Mumbai's 172 for eight, Jamia scored 176 for five with just one ball to spare in the opening match of the Toyota University Cricket Championship.
Jamia had lost to Mumbai in the semifinals of the all-Indian Rohinton Baria Trophy in Manipal in January, but this time made no mistake as Parveen Yadav played a skipper's knock of 67 off 36 balls to consign the home team to a morale-shattering five-wicket defeat. The left-handed Yadav came in at No. 3 and paced the innings to perfection after Amit Verma and Shivendra Pal gave the Delhi boys a 64-run opening wicket stand.
Mumbai suffered from poor bowling and bad fielding, with skipper Siddhesh Lad dropping Pal when the batsman had not even scored. But it was the second wicket stand of 53 off 26 balls between Verma (62 off 43 balls) and Yadav that took the stuffing out of the home side. But Jamia had a few scares with victory in sight. Leggie Sagar Gorivale picked three wickets in the 19th over to push the game into the last over. Sajid Jamali (6 off 3 balls) ensured Jamia a victory slamming the winning boundary.
Earlier, Pankaj Jaiswal slammed an unbeaten 75 to power Mumbai University (Western Wolves) to 172 for 8 wickets in their 20 overs. Jaiswal's knock came off 43 balls and contained 10 fours and 2 sixes.
Mumbai were asked to bat by the Northern Stars and were struggling at 16 for two wickets in the third over. But Shashank Singh and Jaiswal put on a strong performance and revived the innings with some nice stroke play all around the park. Singh's 35-ball 43 was equally important as Jamia boys tried to check some runs with smart out-cricket.
Jaiswal was lucky to enjoy two lives at 62 and 72 but it was his fourth-wicket stand of 50 runs off 28 balls with Singh that turned the tables. Jamia quickie Abhay Negi took three wickets for 16 runs while left-arm spinner Deepak Sharma took three for 30.
For Mumbai, 172 looks like a par score. But Jamia took the challenge and despite some last-minute hiccups, managed to pull off a cliff-hanger.