Medium-pacer Adittya Varadharajan took 5-3 off 1.3 overs and Pranav Kumar pulled off a sensational catch as PSBB Millennium stunned defending champions St Bede’s AIHSS by 10 runs in the Chennai leg quarterfinals of The Muthoot Group-sponsored 4th Junior Super Kings Inter-School T20 Championships at the St Bede’s grounds on Thursday.
Nellai Nadar MHSS, on the back of a 46-ball 117 by S Harish, AVM Rajeswari and last year’s runners-up Don Bosco (Egmore) also won their respective quarterfinal matches.
In the semifinals at the Guru Nanak College ground on Friday, PSBB Millennium will meet AVM Rajeswari and Don Bosco will take on Nellai Nadar.
Star-studded St Bede’s collapsed under pressure while chasing 124 for victory, losing their last five wickets to Varadharajan who was introduced in the 18th over. With the defending champions requiring 26 off the final three overs, Varadharajan struck thrice in the 18th over to put the brakes on the favourites.
P Vidyuth hit two sixes off off-spinner Ram Narayanan in the 19th over and the defending champs needed 12 to win off the final six deliveries. Varadharajan had the ninth man stumped off his first delivery and two balls later Pranav at long off took a brilliant diving catch after covering 10 yards to dismiss Vidyuth.
“I had the match on my mind when I followed the ball in the air,” said Pranav. “The catch was the match,” he added.
Man of the match Varadharajan said he enjoys bowling under pressure. “I focused on keeping a steady line and length,” he said.
Earlier, PSBB scored 30 runs off the final two overs with attractive left-hander Vikram Sathish remaining undefeated on 52.
AVM Rajeswari v PSBB (KK Nagar)
Left-hander R Yashwanth struck 62 to set up AVM Rajeswari’s 41-run win. Yashwanth put on 49 for the second wicket with A Mahesh and 61 for the next with Adithya Venkatesh (28) to guide the side to a competitive 165/4. Medium-pacer R Sri Hari returned 4-27 as PSBB were bundled out for 124.
“I was middling the ball really well,” said Man of the match Yashwanth.
Don Bosco (Egmore) v Santhome HSS
Don Bosco defeated former champions Santhome by 27 runs. “Once we got to a competitive 147/7, we knew we were in a good position to beat them,” said Man of the match TM Shreyas.
Nellai Nadar MHSS v Vidya Mandir (Mylapore)
Harish recorded the first century of this year’s Chennai leg as Nellai Nadar beat Vidya Mandir by 104 runs. “We went into the game focused on winning and I’m happy that I helped my side clinch it,” said Man of the match Harish.
Brief scores (Quarterfinals):
St Bede’s A:
AVM Rajeswari 165/4 in 20 overs (R Yashwanth 62, Adithya Venkatesh 28, Vignesh Yadav 28 not out, P Akarsh 2-23, BS Ashish 2-48) bt PSBB (KK Nagar) 124 all out in 18.5 overs (SR Vasisht 50, R Sri Hari 4-27, Anthzack 2-9). MoM: R Yashwanth. Spirited performer: SR Vasisht.
Don Bosco (Egmore) 147/7 in 20 overs (S Ganesh 33, N Sunil Krishna 27, V Bhuvaneshwar 2-32) bt Santhome HSS 120/9 in 20 overs (K Siddharth 26 n.o., Srikanth Srinivas 2-18, A Aashrit 2-27, TM Shreyas 3-13). MoM: TM Shreyas. Spirited performer: K Siddharth.
St Bede’s B:
PSBB Millennium 123/5 in 20 overs (Vikram Sathish 52 n.o., S Akash 38, Md Adnan Khan 2-15) bt St Bede’s AIHSS 113 all out in 19.3 overs (Vignesh S Iyer 33, Shyam Ganesh 3-17, Adittya Varadharajan 5-3). MoM: Adittya Varadharajan. Spirited performer: Md Adnan Khan.
Nellai Nadar 199/8 in 20 overs (S Harish 117, Govind Sharma 27, Vijay Priyadharhan 2-15) bt Vidya Mandir (Mylapore) 95/8 in 20 overs (S Dinesh 3-16). MoM: S Harish. Spirited performer: Vijay Priyadharhan.
In the Districts:
In Coimbatore (Semifinals):
Sri Jayendra Saraswathi 111/6 in 20 overs (B Sachin 45) bt RKS Kalvinilayam 82/2 in 20 overs (R Santhosh 24, RR Akileshwar 3-16). MoM: RR Akileshwar. Spirited performer: R Santhosh.
Sri Ramakrishna MHSS 80 all out in 18.4 overs (R Hari Krishnan 3-12, Hari Sudharsan 3-7) lost to Mani HSS 83 /7 in 17.4 overs (M Shyam 22). MoM: Hari Sudharsan. Spirited performer: Infant Christopher (Sri Ramakrishna).
In Tiruchi (Semifinals):
Alpha 149/5 in 20 overs (Chavinth 52, Sujan Maharaja 27, Veath Prakash 29, SKV Emayavarman 3-32) bt Campion 139/7 in 20 overs (Prajeeth 49, SKV Emayavarman 32 n.o.). MoM: Chavinth. Spirited performer: SKV Emayavarman.
Srirangam Boys 138/8 in 20 overs (R Prasanna 64 , Raj Bharani 3-27) bt Kamala Niketan 82/9 in 20 overs (Vishanthan 29, Naveen 3-8, Abu Shajith 3-18). MoM: R Prasanna. Spirited performer: Raj Bharani.
In Tirunelveli (Semifinal):
Sankar HSS 55 in 15.5 overs (G Santhosh 3-12, M Vignesh 2-2) lost to Jeyandra MHSS 56/4 in 11.5 overs. MoM: G Santhosh. Spirited performer: D Janibin Nalsingh (Sankar HSS).
In Tirupur (Quarterfinals):
The Earnest Academy 103/6 in 20 overs (S Karthic Kumar 25, P Prakash 2-16, N Chithirai Selvam 2-14) lost to KSC Govt HSS 107/3 in 14.1 overs (G Anandha Kumar 44). MoM: G Anandha Kumar. Spirited performer: S Karthic Kumar.
AKR Academy 155/5 in 20 overs (C Harikrishana 47, V Karthik 32, E Rubankumar 2-23) bt Nanjappa MBHSS 132 all out in 18.3 overs (K Tayalan Kumar 50, S Shalman 23, Fernal Ben Jacob 3-22, RE Ritheesh 3-33). MoM: C Harikrishana. Spirited performer: K Tayalan Kumar.
In Salem (Quarterfinals):
Neelambal HSS 200/6 in 20 overs (D Shanmugam 29, S Sanjay 60, K Manikandan 40, R Sridhar 26) bt Vidya Mandir Steel Plant HSS 110/8 in 20 overs (S Anoop 45, Vikram 2-7). MoM: S Sanjay. Spirited performer: S Anoop.
Vidya Mandir SSS 150/5 in 20 overs (M Kawin 50, I Barakadhulla 30 n.o., PL Ashwin 3-19) bt Emerald Valley Public School 50 all out in 15.4 overs (M Chintoo Kumar 3-16, M Kawin 2-5, G Guru Prashanth 2-12). MoM: M Kawin. Spirited performer: PL Ashwin.
In Cuddalore (Quarterfinals):
Jawahar, Neyveli 134/5 in 20 overs (S Sanjaykanth 25, R Raghuram Sharma 22) bt Senthil MHSS 94 in 17.3 overs (Srikanth 22, R Raghuram Sharma 2-28). MoM: R Raghuram Sharma. Spirited performer: Srikanth.
St Joseph’s HSS 76 in 20 overs (C Ramanan 21, Guruvettrivel 3-8, Vigneshwaran 3-12) lost to NLC Govt Boys HSS 77/6 in 14.2 overs (Veeramurugan 25, Vigneshwaran 26, C Ramanan 2-13). MoM: Vigneshwaran. Spirited performer: C Ramanan.