By Utkarsh Garg
It was a very crucial game for Jwalamukhi. They could have booked a seat in semi-finals directly after winning the match but would have needed to play the quarter-final having lost the match.
On a slow and turning pitch Jwala won the toss and decided to bat first. They started steadily scoring 55 of the first ten overs for the loss of only one wicket. With wickets in hand they launched an assault on Kara’s bowling scoring heavily in the coming overs. They reached 64 in the next 8 overs to reach 119 in just the 18th over. However, trying to score heavily of the last two overs they lost three and two wickets respectively in the 19th and 20th over and managed just 11 runs of these two overs to end up with 130 runs on the board. Neeraj scored 53 while Adwait scored 30. It was the partnership of these two itself to put Jwala in a strong position.
It was always tough for Kara to chase down the total against the bowling attack of Jwala. They lost their first wicket in the second over itself. But they continued to score heavily in the upcoming overs and reached 56 by the end of just 8th over for the loss of only two wickets. Devilal was on fire dismissing each of Jwala’s main spinners for mammoth sixes. His partner Rana was scoring at a decent pace as well. This dangerous looking partnership was broken by Ankit Sunia in the ninth over who forced Rana on front foot and was stumped by Neeraj. Devilal also broke under pressure was gone in the 11th over. This ended the Kara’s resistance and it was just a matter of time before they surrendered. Aditya Jagrat made the task easy for Jwala as he made merry on a turning track and took five wickets. Kara could only manage a total of 95 and lost by 35 runs.
Despite the result Kara topped group A and made it to the semis while Jwala fought hard to secure their place in the semis.