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Colleges from six countries have been battling it out to be titled the ‘Red Bull Campus Cricket World Series Champions’ at the famed R Premadasa Cricket stadium in Colombo © Getty Images

Sabi Hussain

Colombo: Apr 5, 2013

Red Bull has been giving ‘wings’ to sports enthusiasts around the globe through its various sporting initiatives and the Energy Drink major has now made its first foray into cricket through a revolutionary T20 concept — Red Bull Campus Cricket World Series.

From being a South Asian tournament, Red Bull Campus Cricket has stepped up as a World Series Championship within just a year of its inception, fuelling the aspiration of budding university cricketers around the world.

The company, which has produced the world championship winning Formula 1 team Red Bull Racing, aims to find future champions of the sport and nurture their talent.

Colleges from six countries have been battling it out to be titled the ‘Red Bull Campus Cricket World Series Champions’ at the famed R Premadasa Cricket stadium in Colombo.

These young cricketers will get a chance to make their mark and get noticed on the international cricket arena.

After an intense national tournament in Australia, Bangladesh, England, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, the winning colleges from these countries have been locked in a keen tussle to win the coveted title of the first RBCC World Champions.

DAV College, Chandigarh, which is representing India at the tournament, today made it to the summit clash of the championship after defeating hosts Sri Lanka, University of Moratuwa, by 16 runs in a thrilling first semifinal.

Defending an imposing 211-run target, the Sri Lankans came agonisingly close to the mark before being restricted to 194 for five in their allotted 20 overs.

The Indian leg of the championship travelled to 12 top colleges each in the city of Mumbai, New Delhi, Bangalore, Kolkata, Chennai, Hyderabad, Pune, Jalandhar, Cochin, Ahmedabad, Baroda and Chandigarh during the months of October to January.

The Chandigarh team outshone the remaining cities to represent India in the World finals.

Expressing his excitement, Kunal Mahajan, the team captain said, “This is a life time opportunity for me and my team to play on an international platform against the best teams from 6 countries across the globe and we through this tournament are now making our dream a reality. Our aim is to make India proud and we hope to succeed in our endeavour.”

India defeated Australia (University of New South Wales) and Pakistan (Karachi University) to top their respective group en route to the semifinal.

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