DAV College Chandigarh, Karachi University make it to finals
A late charge from the University of Moratuwa middle order was not enough to haul in the tall total set by DAV Chandigarh, who have booked a place in the Campus Cricket final, with a 16-run win in the first semi-final. Chandigarh made 210 for 4, batting first at the Premadasa Stadium, thanks to an impressive start and an explosive finish. Wicketkeeper batsman Gaurav Tandon made 53 from 33 deliveries after arriving at the crease in the third over, and put on 81 runs in 48 balls alongside opener Jaskaran Singh, who made 47 from 32 balls.
Once both batsmen had departed, Chandigarh were well on the way to a large total, and heavy hitting from Gurinder Singh, who struck five sixes and five fours in his unbeaten 60 from 25 balls, ensured his side crossed 200. His unbeaten fifth wicket partnership with Simran Singh was worth 86 runs from 42 deliveries. Of the Moratuwa bowlers, only Sahan Perera emerged from the onslaught with respectable figures, having taken 2 for 29 from his four overs.
Early wickets of Chandigarh's opening batsmen then nearly scuppered the chase inside the Powerplay, as Moratuwa sunk to 26 for 4 in the fifth over, and then 53 for 5 in the eighth. However, a valiant sixth wicket stand between Randika Perera and Rumesh Madhushanka, who put on a tournament-high 141 together, revived Moratuwa's hopes. Randika made 72 not out, from 47 balls and Madhushanka hit 69 from 39, bludgeoning five sixes and six fours. Despite their heroics, Chandigarh had got too far ahead in the game by the time their resistance began, and Moratuwa only made 194 from their 20 overs.
Karachi University then confirmed themselves as the other finalists, as they brushed aside Great Britiain Combined University Team by 76 runs, in the second semi-final. Batting first, a half-century to opener Faraz Ali helped set a strong foundation for Karachi, before Nabeel Khalid and Shahzaib Khan made useful contributions from the lower-middle order, to help Karachi score 154 all out in 20 overs. Simon Watkins was the best of Great Britain Combined's bowlers, taking 4 for 27 from his four overs.
In response, Great Britain Combined lost opener Harry Bush on the first ball of the innings, and it hardly got better from there. Chris Wakefield and Luke Blackaby began a recovery, but could not sustain their innings long enough to make a difference, and after their demise, the remainder of the batting order succumbed quickly. Shahzaib Khan and Mirza Jamil took three wickets apiece, to help dismiss the opposition for 78, in 15 overs.