Anish delivers for Don Bosco in Junior Super Kings T20 final

Chasing a modest target of 94, AVM folded up for 79. Speedster M. Anish Upadhyaya’s brilliant spell of four for six helped script a 14-run win.

The victorious Don Bosco team with the JSK T20 trophy.   -  Special Arrangement

Speedster M. Anish Upadhyaya’s brilliant spell of four for six set up a 14-run win for Don Bosco (Chennai) over AVM Rajeswari (Chennai) in the final of the Junior Super Kings inter-school T20 tournament at the ICL ‘A’ grounds here on Friday.

Chasing a modest target of 94, AVM folded up for 79. Skipper Ram Aravind, who scored the only century of the final phase, was dropped by V. Abhishek off T.M. Shreyas in the second over and also survived a run out scare. 

Things took a turn in the sixth over when Ram was trapped in front by Anish. He followed it up with the wickets of R. Yashwath and A. Magesh to leave AVM tottering at 30 for three. 

Anish then had Saran lbw in his final over to finish with figures of four for six. The AVM batsmen were unable to force the pace as the Don Bosco bowlers strangled them with some tight bowling which was backed by sharp fielding. 

Though the asking rate was close to five at the start of the innings, AVM needed eight an over in the final five overs when A. Aasritwrapped up the tail.

Earlier, electing to bat, Don Bosco failed to get going. Wicketkeeper S. Ganesh, who started aggressively with a couple of fours and a six, was held at long-on off R. Srihari Srinivas. The latter also had skipper M. Vishal caught by a diving Ram at mid-off.

Sunil chips in

V. Arunachalam, who bowled first change, gave little away. He also struck twice to have Don Bosco reeling at 50 for four in the 13thover. 

N. Sunil Krishna was the only batsman to offer some resistance, his runs proving valuable in the final analysis.

Former India Cricketer, Hemang Badani who graced the final said "The tournament is a great platform for these kids who are the future of the Tamil Nadu cricket. In the final phase, the tournament brings together schools from across the State. With this exposure the boys
know where they stand, and where they are required to raise bar".

"The very fact that young kids play under lights, on a turf pitch and use Kookaburra balls, is an experience in itself. In my time, at 16, we got to play on turf wickets only at State-level age-group cricket."

Former India Cricketer, V.B. Chandrasekhar felt "The tournament helps promote fitness levels and athleticism among school students because of the format of the game itself and thereby enabling them to perform at their best going forward".

The scores (final):

Don Bosco 93 for seven in 20 overs (N. Sunil Krishna 27, V. Arunachalamthree for 16) bt AVM Rajeswari 79 in 19.4 overs (M. Anish Upadhyayafour for six, A. Aasrit three for 23).

Special awards

Man of the series: S. Ganesh (Don Bosco (Chennai); Man of the match: M. Anish Upadhyaya (Don Bosco); Best batsman: D. Aswath (Sri Jayendra Saraswathi (Coimbatore); Best bowler: T.M. Shreyas (Don Bosco).