Jain Bangalore v MMM College, Red Bull Campus Cricket, 2nd semi-final February 6, 2014

MMM Pune enter final after narrow win

ESPNcricinfo staff

MMM College of Commerce (Pune) 155 for 8 (Dandekar 32, More 30, Jagadeeesh 3 for 23) beat Jain Bangalore 148 for 5 (Sampath 64*, Majid 39, Shaikh 2 for 35) by 7 runs

MMM College of Commerce (Pune) entered the final after holding their nerve to beat Jain Bangalore by seven runs in the second semi-final at Sector 16 Stadium.

Chasing 156, Jain Bangalore lost two wickets in the 10th over, bowled by offspinner Naushad Shaikh, to find themselves 61 for 4 at the halfway mark. From there, opener Suraj Sampath and A Majid moved the score to 111 for 4 at the end of the 17th over. This left them needing 45 from 18 balls.

Majid then proceeded to hit Shaikh for two fours and two sixes to bring the equation down to 23 from the last two overs. But after Majid holed out to long-off, first ball of the 19th over, Bangalore struggled to meet the asking rate, and even Sampath, who had crossed 50 by that stage, couldn't find the big shots. Jain Bangalore, needing 19 off the last over, managed only 11.

Batting first after winning the toss, MMMCC Pune coasted at over 10 an over through the first six overs, during which time Vishant More and Avdhoot Dandekar put on 44 in 23 balls. But Suchith Jagadeesh pegged them back with a three-wicket haul, before Shubham Ranjane and Tushar Shrivastav scored quickfire 22s to power MMMCC to 155 for 8.