DAV College Chandigarh became Campus Cricket World Final champions, defeating University of Karachi by 49 runs in the final at the Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on Sunday.
Chandigarh, who were the most impressive team in the tournament, could hardly have had a worse start to the final when they were reduced to 2 for 3, in the fourth over, after being put in to bat. Karachi opening Meer Hamza bowler took two of those wickets, and later finished his four overs for 22 runs.
Chandigarh were soon 36 for 4 from 7.1 overs but captain Kunal Mahajan led a startling recovery from there on, with a 73 off 36 balls. Mahajan's innings featured three fours and seven sixes, and the biggest partnership of the match was his 87-run association with Gurinder Singh. Piyush Singh, batting at No. 8, pitched in with 24 runs off 11 deliveries, as Chandigarh finished on 170 for 8 from their 20 overs.
Karachi started off better than Chandigarh but lost two wickets in the Powerplay and were unable to rebuild thereon. Opening batsman Ammar Hasan provided the early impetus with a 49-ball 58, but could not find a partner to stay with him, as four of the top six perished without having made double figures. Chandigarh bowler Rattan Singh took two early wickets and finished with 3 for 16 from his four overs, while Gurinder Singh accounted for the middle and lower order with 4 for 20. Karachi were all out for 121 in 19 overs.