Vohra, Gurinder give DAV easy opening win
DAV College 170 for 5 (Vohra 62) beat SRM University 119 (Shahjahan 50, Gurinder 5-25) by 51 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details
Manan Vohra hit 62 off 39 to help defending champions DAV College, Chandigarh, get off to a winning start in the Red Bull Campus Cricket national finals, against Chennai's SRM University. Vohra's half-century powered DAV to 170 for 5 in their 20, before left-arm spinner Gurinder Singh claimed a five-for to derail SRM's chase.
DAV chose to bat and were provided a fine start by their opening pair of Vohra - who made headlines last month when he was retained ahead of the IPL 2014 auction by Kings XI Punjab - and Jaskaran Singh, who was the player of the series in the last year's Red Bull national finals. They put on 104 in under 13 overs, before No. 3 Ankit Kaushik steered the late flourish with 31 not out off 21. He did not receive much support - SRM did manage to strike with regularity towards the end - but the middle-order batsmen managed a big hit each to get the team up to 170.
Opener Shahjahan provided the only contribution of note in the chase, with 50 off 45. The other opener, R Pradip Kumar, was run out in the second over, and the middle order was carved up by Gurinder, who took 5 for 25 in his four. Apart from Shahjahan, only two batsmen got into double digits, and neither of them touched 20. SRM were bowled out with three balls to spare, 52 adrift of their target.
The win means DAV are through to the semi-finals, on February 6, while SRM are out of the competition.