The DDCA Hot Weather Cricket tournament ended on Sunday with Air India (AI) claiming the title with a six-wicket win.
In a first, the final between AI and Rohtak Road Gymkhana was played under floodlights at the capital’s Bharat Nagar Ground.
Asked to field, Air India’s Ajit Chandela picked up four wickets to reduce RR Gymkhana to 181 for 9 in their stipulated 40 overs. For RR Gymkhana, Mohit Sharma top-scored with 57 runs.
Chasing under lights, Air India captain Shafiq Khan anchored the innings with an unbeaten 74 thereby helping his team reach the target in 29.4 overs. Robin Bisht (31 not out) and Mohammad Kaif (23) ably supported Khan.
Chandela, who had come good with the ball, put on a valuable 21 runs which helped him bag the Man-of-the-Match award.
Earlier, Air India’s Reetinder Singh Sodhi, making a comeback after his ICL stint, picked up two wickets.
Elaborating on the reason behind selecting Bharat Nagar Ground as opposed to the traditional venues — Ferozeshah Kotla or St Stephens, tournament convenor Vijay Bahadur Mishra, said, “We opted for this ground because of the floodlights and Kotla was not available.”
On the reason behind the introduction of the day-night format, he said, “We want players to get use to playing under lights with white ball.”
Brief Score: RR Gymkhana 181 for 9 (Mohit Sharma 57, Tarang Gupta 37; Ajit Chandela 4-39) lost to Air India 182 for 4 (Shafiq Khan 74*, Robin Bisht 31*, Mohd Kaif 23, Ajit Chandela 21; Rahul Tyagi 2-29).