KUWAIT CITY, March 22: Fighting all odds, Poly Pirates sprung a surprise at the IDAK Cricket Tourney 2017 to lift the Cricket title and zoomed ahead in the points table of ‘IDAK Sports & Games Championship 2016-17’.
Although they did not manage to win any of their league matches, the well experienced side played ‘smart cricket’ in the thrilling final to beat the ‘well balanced and young’, Eastern Eagles side by 4 runs. Earlier Eastern Eagles remained unbeaten in both their league matches defeating a strong Central Commandos and Poly Pirates.
The opening match between Poly Pirates and Central Commandos ended in an exciting tie after both teams ended 61 for 5 in allotted 10 overs. In the second match of the day, Eastern Eagles drowned pre-tournament favorites, Central Commandos by 5 runs with some accurate bowling and superb fielding. In the final league match, needing just a better run rate to enter the finals, Poly Pirates made sure they cross the stipulated run rate before getting defeated by Eastern Eagles by 3 wickets.
High light of the tournament were the disciplined bowling unit of Eastern Eagles under Dr Nino John, who bagged the “Best Bowler” award. In batting department, Poly Pirates openers Dr Jitendra Ariga and Dr Mithun Ravindranath ensured their team get a solid start in all three matches and Dr Jitendra Ariga bagged “Best Batsman” award for his splendid show with the bat.
Dr Bobby Joseph of Poly Pirates got the “Best Fielder” award. In the women’s Maiden Over contest, Eastern Eagles took the title while Poly Pirates became the Runner’s Up. Dr Tiny received the award for Best Bowler. Dr Joe Daniel received the much coveted, ‘Flight Ticket sponsored by Caesars Travels’ by predicting the maximum number of correct results in the “IDAK- Caesars Predict, Win & Fly Contest”.