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Sharjah déjà vu in series climax

- BIT-Patna beat IIM-Ranchi in Social Premier League

The tournament with a message had a nail-biting finish.

A last over win by BIT-Patna against IIM-Ranchi at the final of Rukmani Buildtech Social Premier League (SPL) was enough to remind any cricket enthusiast of Javed Miandad’s last ball six off Chetan Sharma in the final over at Sharjah 28 years ago.

During the Austral-Asia Cup on April 18, 1986, Pakistan’s Miandad had hit a six in the last ball delivered by India’s Chetan Sharma, which went on to become a historic “swing that sailed out of the ground”.

A similar mood prevailed in the final of the SPL played at Moinul Haque Stadium on Republic Day.

Team BIT required eight runs in six balls but the techies achieved a victory with two balls remaining.

BIT’s captain Abhinav Kumar and team mate Dipak were on crease, while IIM’s Shubham was to bowl the last over. The first ball of the last over was a wide, while the second was a dot. With seven runs to win in five balls, Abhinav hit a boundary. BIT required three runs in four balls. One run was made in the third ball. With two runs to win in three balls, Dipak, who was at the striker’s end, hit the ball over the fences helping BIT bag the first SPL trophy.

“The match was an edge-of-the-seat experience. Till the 12th over, it was difficult to say which team would win,” BIT’s skipper Abhinav said.

After winning the toss, the IIM-Ranchi team had elected to bat first. In 13 overs, the team from Jharkhand scored 87 runs losing seven wickets. Suchisubrat Dutta of the IIM team was the top-scorer with 29 runs in his kitty.

Declared the Man of the Match, BIT’s Animesh created havoc on his opponents by taking four wickets in three overs and giving only 15 runs.

Chasing the 87-run target, BIT’s Abhinav and Sharique started the game hitting runs in all direction. But Sharique was run out in the fourth over with BIT at 26.

The team’s middle order, too, trembled. But its captain stood at the crease like a wall. Dipak later joined in with 20 runs to help his team win the debut trophy, which has a social message attached.

Apart from winning the tournament, the BIT also received the most-enthusiastic team award, sponsored by the t2 and The Telegraph, the media partner of the event.

Chinmay Kumar of BIT-Patna was declared the Man of the Series.

The Rukmani Buildtech SPL, powered by Airtel, was organised by Young Indians, a wing of the Confederation of Indian Industry. The eight participating teams during the matches created awareness on human trafficking, illiteracy, dowry through banners and posters.

Vijay Pal Bhuller of CII Patna chapter said: “Now that the tournament is over, the CII and Young India will assist the educational institutions in promoting their social causes.”