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It was a bit unfortunate that rain got in the way of the full quota of 40 overs being played in the T20 finals of RCB Corporate Cricket Championship 3. Both the finalists deserved the title equally and we're proud of the way both have played throughout the tournament. Here's what went down in the finals.
Final: HCL (149/2 in 14.5 overs) beat FlipKart (178/9 in 20 overs) by 38 runs (D/L method)
Winning the toss and fielding first, HCL captain Manjunath chose to use his 'Super Sub', leggie Yuzvendra Chahal in the opening over itself. This turned out to be a brilliant move as Chahal got rid of the FlipKart's dangerous opener Shahbaz and conceded only 3 runs in his over.
What followed was FlipKart's captain Leenish along with his teammates plundering the ball to all parts of the Chinnaswamy – probably making the HCL team wish they could use Yuzi for a few more overs. They went all after the HCL bowlers and crossed the 100-run mark in the 12th over.
The boundaries kept coming and Bisla was then brought on in the 17th over after a couple of quick wickets fell. He sweetly timed 2 fours and contributed a total of 14 in 6 balls. Thanks to him, the captain's 35 off 22 and top scorer Abhishek's 37 off 27, FlipKart set the target at 179.
As HCL went about their chase, play had to be stopped at the end of the 15th over because of rain. After that, it kept pouring incessantly, forcing the Duckworth-Lewis Method to be implemented.
At this point of time in the game, HCL were 38 runs ahead of the asking rate. 111 was the par score at 14.5 overs and HCL had gathered 149 making them the clear winners. Tough luck for FlipKart - they could have still gotten back in the game. It was a shame that we couldn't play out the whole match because of rain. But make no mistake - HCL did deserve the win.
In the post-match presentation ceremony, FlipKart captain Leenish said, "Catches win matches and we dropped a few. We came from the Pool of Death and we are happy that we reached the final. Winning would have been better but this has been a great team of boys playing here. This is also a beautiful and well-organised tournament as well."
The rain may have disrupted the game but it could not wash away the sportsmanship that both the teams have displayed throughout the tournament. At the end they all came together and congratulated and consoled each other.
HCL captain Manjunath even had kind words to say for his opponents. "Leenish played a brilliant innings and we knew we had to do something special. Luckily, Himanshu was there for us and took us all the way home. I think the moment when we knew that we could win this was during the SFs (semi-finals) when Adithya was batting. Thanks to all the boys who played so brilliantly."
Here are all the awards that were given out during the post-match presentation:
Man of the Series: Adithya (HCL)
124 runs, 8 wickets and a MOTM award for a match-winning 50 in the semi-finals against Accenture
Best bowler: Sirish (Accenture)
16 wickets, only hattrick of the tournament
Best batsman: Shahbaz (FlipKart)
140 runs and a MOTM award for a match-winning 50 in the semi-finals against VM Ware
In the end, rain was a common denominator across all three weekends, but so were exciting finishes and great sportsmanship. Not only the finalists but all the teams who participated have set newer, better standards of cricket for RCB CCC tournaments and raised the bar for everyone who participates in the future. We hope it only gets higher with the years!