STATE TIMES NEWS JAMMU: Media XI defeated Rainawari Cricket Club by 22 runs in a T-20 cricket match played at GGM Science College Ground, here on Saturday. Media XI led by Yash Khajuria, after winning the toss opted to bat first. With the help of stellar batting performance by Gourav who scored 63 runs off 44 balls, Media XI posted a challenging 162 runs’ target on scoreboard for the loss of six wickets in 20 overs. Amit Kumar (24 runs off 27 balls) and Ankush (23 runs off 14 balls) also contributed to the total. Vishal for Rainawari club bowled exceptional to take three wickets conceding just 22 runs in his four over spell whereas Abbeya and Aditpal Singh bagged two and one wicket respectively. In their run chase, Rainawari club suffered early loss of wicket as Media XI bowlers bowled exceptional in the power play leaking just 37 runs by sending 2 batsmen back to the pavilion. Bowling tight line and length in the middle overs by the Media XI bowlers cost Rainawari CC badly as they kept on losing wickets on regular interval as they eventually ended up 139 for 8 in the 20 overs and lost by 22 runs. Mussif and Reshav were the only batsmen who could salvage some pride as they scored 34 and 25 runs respectively. Aditpal with 14 runs off nine balls remained the other top scorer for the Rainawari Club. For Media XI, Rahul Khatri 2/29 remained the pick of the bowlers, whereas Yash, Nitin, Ankush, Amit and Sunil shared apiece. Later, Gourav Manhas who scored 63 runs laced with nine boundaries was declared as Man of the Match. Desh Ratan Dubey, Joint Secretary, J and K Cricket Association, Jammu Wing was the Chief Guest on the occasion, whereas Senior Journalist Rajesh Dhar presided over.
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