Saurabh Tiwary © Getty Images
Saurabh Tiwary © Getty Images

Navi Mumbai: Reliance 1, riding on skipper Saurabh Tiwary‘s tremendous unbeaten 112, successfully defended the title at the 14th DY Patil T20 Cup. In the final, Reliance 1 defeated BPCL by 25 runs. Tiwary’s blitzkrieg ensured that Reliance 1 posted a mammoth 185 for 6 in their 20 overs. His 112 came off 63 balls with five boundaries and eight sixes. He shepherded the innings despite regular fall of wickets. Wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant fell early, but Tiwary took charge.

He aligned himself very well with Akshdeep Nath (23) and Nikhil Naik (19). For BPCL ,Rishi Arothe ( 2-34 ) was the pick of the bowlers. In their response, the BPCL chase never really got going. Despite handy knocks by senior pro Abhishek Nayar (43) and India player Shreyas Iyer (35), the chase failed against some accurate bowling. India U19 World Cup star Anukul Roy, with a spell of 3-29, and his U19 teammate Kamlesh Nagarkoti (4-28) helped Reliance 1 defend the title.

BPCL ended at 160-9 thanks largely to Shivam Dubey’s late charge of unbeaten 40. Earlier in the semi-finals, BPCL prevailed over CAG in a high-scoring contest. And Reliance 1 beat DY Patil Sports ‘B’ in the other semi-final at the DY Patil Stadium.

Brief Scores Final

Reliance 1 185 for 6 in 20 overs (Saurabh Tiwary 112*, Akshdeep Nath 23; Rishi Arothe 2 for 34) beat BPCL 160 for 9 in 20 overs (Abhishek Nayar 43, Shivam Dubey 40 n.o., Shreyas Iyer 35; Kamlesh Nagarkoti 4 for 28, Anukul Roy 3 for 29) by 25 runs

Semi-Finals:

BPCL 211 for 6 in 20 overs (Abhishek Nayar 67, Rahul Tripathi 56, Mandeep Singh 47; Sayan Ghosh 2 for 52) beat CAG 194 for 3 in 20 overs (Ankit Kaushik 74 n.o., Ankit Lamba 53, Prashant Chopra 23, Ankit Sharma 23) by 17 runs

DY Patil Sports ‘B’ 136 for 6 in 20 overs (Hardik Tamore 70 n.o.; Mohsin Khan 4-14) lost to Reliance 1 140 for 5 in 15.3 overs (Nikhil Naik 36 n.o., Akshdeep Nath 31, Rohan Marwaha 23, Rishabh Pant 23; Raunaq Sharma 2 for 34) by 5 wickets