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Big firms cruise through to SILF T20 knock-out; Bhasin in tour-de-force

Seven Delhi law firms have qualified out of the group stages to the quarter finals of the Society of Indian Law Firms (SILF) – Khushal T-20 cricket tournament after 23 matches played over four weeks.

Current quarter finalists are teams from Titus & Co and Kochhar & Co from Pool A; Bhasin & Co from Pool B; Luthra & Luthra and Trilegal from Pool C and Amarchand Mangaldas and Lall & Sethi from Pool D.

A total of seven decisive matches were played this weekend and Bhasin & Co won the coveted match of the week title for its second match of the weekend after the spectacular performance of associate Rajat Mathur against rival Sai Krishna.

Bhasin & Co managed to chase 208 runs target set by Sai Krishna in 19.3 overs. Mathur's brilliant knock of 189 runs in 80 balls left the audience spell bound with 160 runs coming from 25 boundaries and 10 sixes.

Captain of the team, Ravi Gopal said: "All the credit for our victory goes to Rajat Mathur. Last year we were ousted after the first round itself. We wish to perform even better and not repeat past mistakes."

The final schedule for the quarter finals will only be set after the Pool B match between K & S and Anand & Anand, which is scheduled for this Friday. The winner of that game will go through to the knock-out stage and it will also determine whether Bhasin & Co is ranked top or second of its group.

In Pool A last weekend, Titus & Co defeated Kochhar & Co as the latter firm failed to chase Titus' 207 runs and exhausted all 20 overs for 176/5. Shamik Naran was declared man of the match for scoring 70 runs in 40 balls.

The next match of Pool A was played between Suri & Co and FoxMandal Delhi and resulted in defeat for FoxMandal despite successfully notching up a total of 172/7 runs. Neither team has qualified for the quarter finals this year.

The first match of last weekend resulted in bonus point victory for Anand & Anand over Bhasin & Co in Pool B. The IP firm made 142 for 2 in 15.1 overs as against 141/9 of Bhasin.

Luthra & Luthra bowled out J Sagar Associates (JSA) at 128 after batting first to score 199/6. Prashant Mishra received the man of the match title for making 65 runs in 33 balls.

Meanwhile, Trilegal holds the second spot in Pool C and chased an easy total of 80 runs scored by opponent Khaitan & Co for a loss of eight wickets in just 9 overs, winning with a bonus point. Captain Yogesh Singh's performance of 4 wickets for 17 runs qualified him for man of the match title.

Singh commented: "Our bowlers had a good game, again! Khaitan & Co was all out for 80 and we cruised to victory in 10 overs."

"There is a bit of uncertainty regarding which team we play against in the quarters as it is dependent on the last league match. Irrespective of which team we play, our plan is to play well and enjoy the game," he added.

Pool D topper Amarchand won over Lall & Sethi with a bonus point. The firm made 126 for a loss of 5 wickets in 15.5 overs. Ashish Gupta's 4 wickets for 18 runs won him man of the match award.

Desai & Diwanji, AZB Partners, Suri & Co, FoxMandal, Sai Krishna, Khaitan & Co and JSA did not qualify for the knock-out stages.
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