With cash prizes at stake, fun tournaments are usually more competitive than organisers can anticipate.
That competitiveness was on show on Tuesday as Patidar Universal and Pak Coin required a Super Over to be separated in the first semifinal of the Night Cricket tournament.
Roger Mukasa was once again the difference between the two teams scoring 20 runs in the Super Over as Patidar claimed a four-run victory and a place in Saturday’s final.
After winning the toss and deciding to bat first, the game seemed to have drifted away from Patidar after being bowled out for 89 runs.
More lackluster batting from Pak Coin, however, ensured they were bowled out for the same score.
It was then that Mukasa took charge of the game. After conceding 16 runs in the Super Over, Mukasa had the last laugh, scoring 20 runs including a mighty six over the screen on the final ball that ensured a four -run victory.
For Patidar captain Nirav Patel, the passion shown by both teams was the night’s biggest highlight.
“It does not really matter who the winner is because both teams deserved the victory,” Patel said with more relief than delight after the game.
The moderate crowd on show will hope Jinja Keshwala and UWS put up a similar show when the two sides meet in the second semifinal today at Lugogo Oval.