New Delhi, Oct 14 (IANS) Skipper Abhay Chauhan's patient unbeaten 54 helped Delhi Public School, Greater Noida, defeat Delhi Scottish School by seven wickets with eight deliveries to spare in an intensely fought Group J match in the Daredevils School Cup T20 cricket tournament at the picturesque Greater Noida Authority Cricket ground Monday.
Opting to bat first, Delhi Scottish posted a challenging score of 112 for four in 20 overs, with the top three batsmen chipping in with useful scores. The left-handed Abhay Chauhan's half-century was the cornerstone around which DPS secured its victory against some steady and energetic fielding by Delhi Scottish.
In a Group E match at the Air Force Cricket ground in Palam, a brave all-round show by Honey Jeet (four for 18 and nd 20 not out) was not enough for Ryan International School, Vasant Kunj, as it fell short of the target set by Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan by 15 runs.
Shashank Kohli (30, 26 balls, three fours), skipper Karan Rawat (40, 35 balls, four fours) and Shourya Parihar (25, 28 balls, one four, one six) were instrumental in ensuring that Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan got to 118 for two in the 16th over but Honey Jeet and skipper Akshay Solanki stopped the batting side from finishing well.
Chasing 136 for victory, Ryan International School did not recover from the early fall of openers Shailabh Suri and Akshay Solanki. Jaskaran Singh made a valiant 48 (44 balls, seven fours) and Honey Jeet came up with some fireworks but that was never going to be adequate to take the team to victory.
Ganga International Schol (Group B), Modern School, Barakhamba Road (Group D) and Bhavans International School (Group K) have qualified for the knockout stage by topping their respective league pools.
Group E: Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan 136 for seven in 20 overs (Shashank Kohli 30, Karan Rawat 40, Shourya Parihar 25, Honey Jeet four for 18, Akshay Solanki two for 8) beat Ryan International School, Vasant Kunj, 121 for five in 20 overs (Jaskaran Singh 48, Honey Jeet 20 not out, Harshul Ahuja two for 25). Daredevil of the match: Honey Jeet.
Group F: Vishwa Bharati Public School 78 in 19.1 overs (Shourya Chaudhry 33, Lakshay Sharma three for 26, Subhav Gupta two for 10, Tushar Churmani three for 15) lost to Amity International School, Noida, 82 for five in 15.5 overs (Ayush Mangal 21, Shourya Chaudhry two for 13). Daredevil of the Match: Tushar Churmani.
Group: J: Delhi Scottish School 112 for four in 20 overs (Abhishek Bhati 22, Sachin Chaudhry 28, Subin Hoon 29, Shubham Bansal two for 20) lost to Delhi Public School, Greater Noida, 113 for three in 18.4 overs (Abhay Chauhan 54 not out). Daredevil of the Match: Abhay Chauhan.
Group N: Gyan Bharati School 90 in 17 overs (Vishal Sharma two for 13) lost to Laxman Public School 93 for two in 15.4 overs (Rishabh Pratap Singh 22 notout, Kapil Chauhan 30 not out). Daredevil of the Match: Kapil Chauhan.