In the movie Jannat, Arjun had truly said-

India me cricket khel nahin hai, religion hai, pagalpan hai, junoon hai “

Cricket, a constant in our country. The best ice-breaker amongst strangers anywhere. With the IPL fever on high how could the BITians stay aloof from it. A vent to steam out the pressure of submissions and viva, a chance to let the passion flow and a tournament to prove the mettle of your branch, the Inter branch cricket tournament proved to be a more diverse moment than just a cricket match.
The tournament kick started on 20th of April with the first match between Chemical and Mining. With a target score of 96 to beat, Chemical bagged its first win by 5 wickets. The next match between Civil and ECE resulted with Civil winning by 4 wickets. The consequent matches led to the finalizing of the 8 teams that made their way to the playoffs. Two losses and the team was out of the race. Winning and losing are all a part of the game. And so ,despite their hard efforts and skilled players, four of the teams- M.Tech(2), ECE, Electrical and IT could not make it to the quarter finals.
The first quarter final was between Production and CSE. CSE won by a whopping lead of 66 runs. Civil won the second Quarter final against M.Tech(1) by 9 wickets. In the 3rd quarter final between Chemical and Metallurgy, Chemical won by 8 wickets. The final and the fourth quarter-final pitched Mining against Mechanical. Mining emerged victorious with 5 wickets still in hand.
The tension starts to build up as the tournament draws close to its conclusion. No more testing of squads and positions were liable. It was the Semi-finals; a punch to the gut. If you can stand up and balance yourself, you get yet another chance at the prize. The first semi-final was Civil against CSE. With the help of Imitiaz (37 off 20) and Siddharth (17 off 13), CSE managed to set a target of 102 for 9 in 12 overs. The second innings proved fruitful to Civil as Rupesh (39 off 19) and Niranajan (14 off 15) led Civil to their victory by 5 wickets. Anant was declared Man of the Match with his mind blowing bowling, taking 5 wickets in 3 overs at the cost of just 8 runs.
The second semi-finals had Chemical against Mining. Santosh (44 off 27) and Sagar (26 off 14) led the Chemical set a target of 105 on a sluggish pitch. But facing the bowling lineup of Chemical seemed a little more difficult than anticipated by Mining, clueless against Basant Tete’s fire spitting deliveries, as they were bowled out at 78 runs. Chemical won by 27 runs.
The endgame was imminent. Splendid batting by Sagar( 50 off 23) and Ajay Singh (26 off 21) helped Chemical pave their way to a fantastic score of 131 runs for 8 wickets in 14 overs. But Civil was in no mood to go down without putting up a fight. The match turned out to be quite interesting. Somnath’s (22 off 5) batting seemed to show a faint glow of win in the final phase of the match as he hit a hatrick of sixes. But even that did not prove to be enough against the target score. Eventually the bowling of Chemical got better and the team of Civil was all out at 105.
Sagar was declared as the Man of the Match for his superb batting of 50 runs off 23 ballls.
The following were also awarded for their superb performance in the tournament:
Player of the Tournament– Santosh Raj (Chemical 2015)
Best batsman– Amit (Metallurgy 2016) – 171 runs
Best bowler – Anant Kumar Singh( (Civil 2017)
Emerging player– Triloki (Chemcial 2018)
Most sixes-Amit Soren (Metallurgy 2017) -19 sixes



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