Gautam's ton spurs KSCA XI to final

Gautam's ton spurs KSCA XI to final

Air India Sports Club defeat DY Patil Sports Academy by four wickets to enter title round

Classy Shot: KSCA XI’s CM Gautam cuts en route to his hundred against President’s XI on Wednesday. DH photo

Resuming from their overnight 20 without no loss, KSCA XI overhauled the target of 236 with ease, losing just one wicket on the way at the M Chinnaswamy stadium. They will face Air India Sports Club, four-wicket winners over DY Patil Sports Academy in the other semifinals, in the title round beginning on Friday.

There was a hardly a doubt about the winner once Gautam (101 n.o, 273m, 223b, 11x4) and KB Pawan (68, 137m, 136b, 8x4, 1x6), his partner at the pole position, added 124 runs. The duo did not show any unnecessary hurry, accumulating runs at will.

That President’s XI lost the services of pace bowler NC Aiyappa and left-arm spinner DV Anish did not help matters, either. Aiyappa had suffered a sprain on his right foot while batting on Tuesday, and the Coorg paceman did not bowl as a precautionary measure.

Anish, one of the best bowlers for President’s XI in the tournament, suffered a sprain on the back and he too could not bowl as skipper C Raghu left searching for options.

President’s XI finally managed to gain a breakthrough when off-spinner Sunil N Raju dismissed Pawan, whose tame uppish swat ended in the hands of Karun Nair at mid-on.

The dismissal hardly made any difference to the proceedings as Deepak Chougule joined forces with Gautam to shut President’s XI out of the match. The lack of ammunition too pegged back President’s XI in their quest for further breakthroughs as Gautam and Chougule, who compiled a steady unbeaten fifty (53 n.o, 135m, 130b, 4x4), piled on runs for the unbeaten second wicket.

The partnership, worth 114, was an epitome of patient batting and in the art of tiring down the opponent, if they were not already. Gautam’s batting, in particular, was a treat to watch as the youngster uncorked some excellent drives through the cover region, and his sweep shots too were immensly productive.

AI through
At the NRA grounds, Air India defeated DY Patil Academy by four wickets. Chasing 197 for victory, Air India were 134 for four in 27 overs overnight, and they completed the formalities in just over 17 more overs.

R Kerkar remained unbeaten on 28. For DYPSA, left-arm spinner Iqbal Abdulla took three wickets.

Brief scores: At M Chinnaswamy stadium: KSCA President’s XI: 235 all out in 82.3 overs lt to KSCA XI : 238/1 in 80.1 overs (KB Pawan 68, CM Goutham 101 n.o., Deepak Chougule 53 n.o.).

At NRA grounds: Dr DY Patil Sports Academy: 196 all out in 45.4 overs (Including 30 runs penalty) lt to Air India Sports Club: 199/6 in 44.1 overs (Robin Uthappa 36, Sushanth Marathe 59, R Kerkar 28 n.o.; Iqbal Abdullah 3-72).