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Titus wins Delhi Twenty20 tournament over Saikrishna

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Titus & Co has lifted this year’s Delhi Twenty20 law firm cricket cup trophy after a nail biting victory against Saikrishna in Sunday's finals.

Team Titus had won against Bhasin & Co in the semi-finals on Saturday, having scored 205 runs and losing only three wickets in 20 overs. Bhasin & Co opted to chase after winning the toss but was unable to reach the target and finished at 191 runs in 20 overs.

Titus & Co business development manager Saurabh Anand was declared man of the match in the semi-final against Bhasin after hitting a century.

Saikrishna had defeated Desai & Diwanji in the first semi-final held on Saturday after making a total of 145 runs in 20 overs with the loss of eight wickets. The Desai & Diwanji team could not chase up and were left short of 15 runs at the end of the last over.

In the final between Titus & Co and Saikrishna, Saikrishna won the toss and decided to bat first, making 167 runs before losing all their wickets.

Titus then successfully managed to chase-up 168 for a loss of 8 wickets in the second innings of this year’s finals, ultimately winning by 2 wickets.

Titus captain and partner Vibhu Shankar said: "I told you earlier, I was looking for the cup… We feel on top of the world. Consistent team performance throughout was our winning formula."

Associates Shamik Narayan and Raj Kamal opened for the Titus & Co team, with Kamal scoring 50 runs after hitting 70 in the semis.

Titus associate and third batsmen Praveen Nagar entered the crease in the 12th over and batted the final ball to finish the match.

"I went in at the 12th over to play with Ishant Verma, then our slump started," he said. "Otherwise we were at a very comfortable position, we were going by an average of 10… But the Saikrishnas came back, bowling and one of their spinners was very good."

"We bowled first, they won the toss and scored 167 and our [senior associate] bowler Rayner Vishal Dass bowled very well. We kept our cool and remained under control, despite the fact that we needed 25 runs in 18 balls in the last three overs."

Nagar told Legally India that it was a particularly nerve wracking experience to have to score seven balls in the last over in order to win.

Titus opening batsman Kamal was also named the man of the match with his score of 60 runs.

Titus & Co managing partner Diljeet Titus said: "We had played until the semi-finals last year, so each player was passionate about winning this time."

Last year's finalists Dua Associates and Luthra & Luthra had unexpectedly crashed out in the quarter finals this year.

Titus' Saurabh Anand was awarded the match of the series award and Saikrishna all-rounder and star batsmen Dilpreet Singh was awarded the best batsmen of the tournament award.

Titus senior associate and bowler Rayner Vishal Dass was declared best bowler of the series.

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