KOCHI: Sambasiva Sarma took four wickets as Cordiant Sports Foundation, Ernakulam, shocked defending champion State Bank of Travancore by five wickets and marched to the final of the second Muthoot Pappachan Foundation Twenty20 cricket tournament at the BPCL Kochi Refinery Ground, Ambalamugal, on Saturday.
The host, Muthoot Ernakulam CC ‘A’, thriving on mediumpacer Anandakuttan’s five-wicket haul and P.V. Manikantan’s lively half century (53 off 25 balls, 3x6, 5x4), also entered the final after beating Globstar Telecom CC (Aluva) by 17 runs.
The scores: SBT, Tvm 131 for eight in 20 overs (V. Suresh 26, Sambasiva Sharma four for 25) lost to Cordiant Sports Foundation, Ekm 133 for five in 16.4 overs (Arun Paulose 35, Thejus 39 n.o., K.Chandrasekhara three for 31).
Muthoot ECC ‘A’ 173 for nine in 20 overs (P.V. Manikantan 53, Abdul Samad 37, M.E. Sanuth four for 35) bt Globstar Telecom, Aluva 156 in 19.2 overs (V.S. Shiju 37 n.o., Anandakuttan five for 14). — Principal Correspondent