Hubli Tigers defeated Mysore Warriors by 8 runs in the KSCA Trophy Final 2023 on August 29 at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru. In the final over of the HT vs MW clash, Manish Pandey made an incredible save at the boundary line which helped his side clinch the KSCA Trophy.
The Mysore Warriors side needed 11 runs off the last 4 deliveries with 3 wickets in hand. Hubli Tigers’ skipper Manish Pandey with his acrobatic fielding effort made sure that the opponent batters couldn’t score the needed runs.
Manish Pandey makes tournament-winning save in the Maharaja KSCA Trophy Final
All-rounder Manvanth Kumar was given the responsibility to bowl the final over. Jagadeesha Suchith smashed the fourth delivery of the over down the ground in an attempt to get a maximum.
Manish Pandey, who had placed himself at the long-off boundary, leaped in the air, grabbed the ball and then threw it back outside the boundary rope. Pandey’s spectacular effort saved a certain boundary at the most crucial time in the game.
Suchith had completed a single but couldn’t get the chance to run back for the second as the Hubli Tigers’ skipper quickly threw the ball back at the non-striker’s end. His acrobatic effort saved 5 vital runs for his side.
On the next delivery Monish Reddy ran for a bye and gave back the strike to Jagadeesha Suchith. However, Suchith couldn’t time the ball this time on the penultimate delivery of the Maharaja KSCA Trophy final and handed a comfortable catch to Vidwath Kaverappa.
Manish Pandey’s brilliant attempt at the boundary line eventually turned out to be the tournament-winning save as the Mysore Warriors side could only score 3 runs in the final over and fell short of the target set by Hubli Tigers by 8 runs.
Pandey had earlier smashed a breathtaking fifty off just 23 deliveries including 3 fours and 4 maximums. Opening batter Mohammed Taha too played a brilliant knock as he scored 72 runs off only 40 deliveries including 7 fours and 4 sixes as the two batters took their side to a mammoth total of 203-8.
Ravikumar Samarth scored 63 runs off 35 deliveries while skipper Karun Nair smashed 37 runs off 20 deliveries but they didn’t get enough support from other Mysore Warriors’ batters. Manvanth Kumar was the stand-out bowler as he took 3 crucial wickets and led the Hubli Tigers to clinch the Maharaja KSCA Trophy 2023.