Malan steers NW Univer­sity South Africa to ti­tle vic­tory

Sunday Times (Sri Lanka) - - COMMENT - By M. Shamil Amit re­port­ing from Galle

An un­beaten 46 ball knock of 64 in­clu­sive of seven bound­aries and two sixes by Jan­ner­man Malan paved the way for North West Univer­sity ( NWU) South Africa to record a com­fort­able seven wicket win over Business Man­age­ment School ( BMS) Sri Lanka in the fi­nal of Red Bull Cam­pus Cricket T20 World Cup to emerge cham­pi­ons, played at the Galle In­ter­na­tional Cricket yes­ter­day.

BMS Sri Lanka the de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons were aim­ing to re­peat their per­for­mance, but they put them­selves in a spot of bother in the early stages of their in­nings af­ter they were asked to bat first.

BMS sides’ bat­ting was al­most sim­i­lar to their semi- fi­nal en­counter against UOS Aus­tralia where they lost their top four wick­ets for 40 runs but re­cov­ered. But in this in­stance they were un­able to record that feat as they lost three more wick­ets with the score on 70 and their chances of reach­ing 100 runs looked bleak.

But some sen­si­ble bat­ting by the late or­der and helped by ex­tras they man­aged to end with a score of 121 but it proved in­suf­fi­cient for them to de­feat.

Top scorer Malan was fea­tured in two fruit­ful part­ner­ships first of 48 runs for the sec­ond wicket with Mar­ques Ack­er­man and the other an un­beaten 47 runs for the fourth wicket with Edrich Lubbe which helped them reach the tar­get in the 16th over.

0 21 24 0 0 29 08 0 5 12

0 22 121 1-2, 2-39, 3-40, 4-47, 5-51, 6-70, 7-70, 8-85, 9-118, 10-121.

Jo­vaun van Wyn­gaardt 3-0-33-1, Ju­lian Sout­ter 4-0-16-3, J.P. Le Roux 4-1-21-2, Neil Durow 3.4-0-13-1, Dyllin Matthews 4-0-22-3.

NWU South Africa in­nings

Wi­han Lubbe Jan­ne­man Malan Mar­ques Ack­er­man Edrich Lubbe Ruan Haas­broek 2 64 23 7 20

1-10, 2-58, 3-75 Amila Aponso 4-0-41-0, Koshan Dhanushka 4-0-31-2, Ge­shan Wi­mal­ad­harma 3.2-016-1, Ranitha Liyanaarchchi 1-0-10-0, Chamika Karunaratne 1-0-10-0, Janith Liyan­age 1-0-4-0, Su­pe­shala Jay­atilleke 1-0-7-0.

NWU hero, Jan­ne­man Malan drives one to­wards the bound­ary dur­ing his knock of 64

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