Winners – Reliance 1
Some call it the pre-IPL season, preparation for IPL. D Y PATIL T20 Tournament has been a favorite tournament for many players, seniors, and youngsters who play in this highly entertaining, well organised tournament, with top-notch facilities provided for the teams who take part.
This tournament has been around for more than a decade, and with each passing year, it has set the bar higher regarding its reach and player attraction. This year, with Pitchvisions latest product PV/MATCH being set up, every game was streamed live, with ball to ball coverage of every match until the last ball of the final. By using 3 HD PV/MATCH enabled cameras, positioned in 3 three different positions, Pitchvision facilitated comprehensive match coverage, with every ball captured and stored on pitchvision.com. Players and coaches could instantly view any match highlight, which was automatically tagged, such as 4’s, 6’s, and wickets. With just one click players could review their technique and the footage could be shared instantaneously on Facebook and Twitter for their friends and fans to view. The system is now available to purchase anywhere in the world by clicking here.
There were some incredible moments from the tournament. The likes of Aman Khan’s amazing ten 6’s during the league round, or Kamlesh Nagarkoti’s brilliant caught and bowled on his follow through in the finals, all captured on PV/MATCH.
The tournament started with 16 teams including the likes of Reliance, Western Railway, Indian Oil, and Air India. Some star-studded players including Shreyas Iyer, Wasim Jaffer, Mandeep Singh, Iqbal Abdulla, Saurabh Tiwary, and Abhishek Nayar, Young stars like, Shivam Mavi, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Manjot Karla, fresh from India U-19 world cup duty made their presence felt throughout the tournament with their performances.
Indian Oil vs. D Y PATIL B, Talegaon
It was a fierce battle in the league rounds to reach the quarters as only after the last league match the top 8 teams were decided. D Y PATIL ‘B’, BPCL, Jain Irrigation and Western Railway had played some dominating cricket to cement their place in the quarters.
Surya Kumar Yadav, BPCL hitting the winning shot in the last league match of the tournament against D Y PATIL A
Reliance 1 who reached the quarters with some good luck made the most of it and won emphatically against Western Railways to reach the semis, where they defeated in form D Y PATIL ‘B’ to reach the finals. They faced BPCL who were running on their batting prowess and defeated Jain Irrigation and CAG to set up a mouth-watering final against the defending champions Reliance 1.
BPCL and Reliance 1 – before the final
With a good crowd in attendance, everyone brought their “A” game to the final. Especially Reliance 1 captain, Saurabh Tiwary who hit eight thunderous sixes to reach his 100 and enabled his team to achieve a competitive score of 180. It could have been a match-winning score, but with BPCL having five hard-hitting batsmen including Abhishek Nayar, Shreyas Iyer, Mandeep Singh, Surya Kumar Yadav and Shivam Dubey in their line up the total was always chase-able. But thanks to some excellent bowling and fielding efforts by Reliance 1 they managed to keep the BPCL score in check and become D Y PATIL T20 champions for the 2nd year in a row.
Kamlesh Nagarkoti and Shreyas Iyer shaking hands after the final
Saurabh Tiwary was declared the Man of the Match for his match-winning knock of 112 n.o., he also received the award for maximum sixes hit in the tournament which was 19 and even bagged the Man of the Series award for scoring the most runs in the tournament which was 296, 91 more than the second place Abhishek Nayar of BPCL who scored 205.
In the bowling department, Sayan Ghosh (CAG) topped the chart with 12 wickets, the top 10 bowlers list also included 4 from Reliance 1 – Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Anukul Roy, Nidheesh MD, Mayank Markande and Mohsin Khan taking 9,9,8,7,7 wickets respectively throughout the series. This shows how well balanced their team selection was and when needed everyone chipped in. Shreyas Iyer and K V Siddharth were the top fielders taking seven catches each in the number of games they played.
It was a terrific tournament where every team battled it out to come out on top, but in the end, it was the team effort of Reliance which helped them secure the title for the second year in a row. See the scorecard and watch the match highlights in full here