The final match of the tournament between Delhi finalists, Team GroupM and Mumbai finalists, Team Multi Screen Media made for an exciting wrap-up. Amar Ujala Agency and Media Cricket League - the engaging 50-day cricketing saga, saw eventful matches in three different cities. While the tournament winners went home with a cash prize of Rs 1 lakh, the runner-up was rewarded with a cash prize of Rs 50,000.
The opposing side set an impressive target of 145 runs. The pack of bowlers of Team GroupM, comprising Dipanshu, Junaid, Praveen, Mohit and Bharat, used multiple bowling strategies, but was unable to restrict the opponents from scoring. Dipanshu of Team GroupM clinched all the four wickets, giving away 36 runs in three overs. AMCL veteran Vipin Chaurasia of Team Multi Screen Media couldn't outshine his team members and was run out at 22 runs (off 11 balls, 5X4). The next in the batting line-up, Pratik and Vishal, helped the team garner 82 runs through their decisive partnership. While Pratik scored 42 runs (off 18 deliveries, 4X4, 4X6), Vishal scored 40 runs (off 12 balls, 3X4, 4X6). Team GroupM gave away 12 extra runs, mostly (seven) as leg byes.
After a performance highlighted by faulty fielding and one that lacked the vigour and thirst to win, Team GroupM started its inning with Mohit and Bharat leading the batting order. Mohit scored 25 runs (off 11 balls, 4X4, 1X6), while Bharat went back scoring just 13 runs (off 11 balls, 2X4). The team had high hopes from its captain Junaid Hakim, but unfortunately he headed back as soon as he came, without even opening his account. Team GroupM managed 77 runs, with a loss of seven wickets.
Team Multi Screen Media won the match by 67 runs and was presented with the trophy and the cash prize by Sunil Mutreja, executive director, Amar Ujala Group. Ameya Jadhav was adjudged the Man of the Match. He clinched three wickets and gave away 20 runs in three overs. He received the trophy from Yadavesh Kumar, associate vice-president (AVP), sales, Amar Ujala.
He was also adjudged the Man of the Series for his overall performance in the tournament. H S Chugh, AVP, marketing, Amar Ujala presented the Man of the Series trophy.
Team Multi Screen Media was awarded the winner's trophy, while GroupM went home with the Amar Ujala Rising Team Trophy, given away by Viren Pathania, AVP, sales, Amar Ujala. GroupM received the runners-up trophy from Alok Mathur, VP, marketing, Amar Ujala.
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