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Jahangir takes Titans to President’s Cup title

VINODE MAMCHAN

Shayan Jahangir smashed a half century off just 12 balls to take Titans to victory over Tampa Tigers in the final of the Major Cricket League (MCL) President’s Cup on Sunday night in Pasco County, Tampa, United States.

Batting first Titans got off to an unbelievable start as Jahangir smashed the bowling from ball one. The first ball was sent soaring into the air and over the boundary for six. The second ball found its way to the ropes for four and the right hander continued to plunder the bowling after that. After two overs the scoreboard showed Titans 50 without loss and soon after Jahangir brought up his half century with only boundaries.

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He crashed 79 off 30 balls with four sixes and 11 fours and only seven of his deliveries were unscored off. He creamed the bowling to all parts of the ground and while he was on sound, the total upwards of 200. When he left Tigers came back into the match and Titans final tally of 185/8 though impressive was way below what the Titans would have hoped for.

Lending admirable support to Jahangir was Srimantha Wijeratne who scored 46 off 34 balls with six fours. Bowling for Tigers Manav Patel who took four wickets in the semis, was up to it again and returned 3/28. Also bowling well was Praveen Bora who took 2/24.

When Tigers responded the talented Naseer Khan was superb again. Having scored three successive half centuries during the tournament he came into the finals with confidence but an umpiring error cost him his wicket, after being well placed on 43 off 21 balls. Upon his departure the inform Leslie Daniel stroked 45 off just 25 balls but after his dismissal the game changed direction once and for all. In the end, Tigers reached 169/7 losing the match by 16 runs.

Rahul Chowdry was the pick of the bowlers with 2/32 as Titans held their nerve in the end to win the clash and the $3,000 first prize. Tigers for their efforts took away $1,000. The player of the tournament was Shayan Jahangir, while he also copped the award for the tournament’s best batsman and the best batsman of the finals. Manav Patel was voted bowler of the tournament and best bowler from the Tampa Bay area. The best batsman from the Tampa Bay area was declared as Naseer Khan.