Sulfo League final
Challengers won by 133 runs
Best fielder-J. Tuyishimire
Best bowler-E. Mutuyimana
Best batsman-P. Kumar
Man of Series-E. Mutuyimana
SRINATH Vardhineni has described this year’s Sulfo league as ‘one of the most enjoyable series’ of his illustrious career.
The 38-year-old challengers’ captain masterminded his side to a commanding 133-run victory over Indorwa in Sunday’s final.
After a solid opening partnership of 45 between Challengers’ rising stars Evode Mutuyimana (30) and Joseph Tuyishimire (18), Vardhineni added a brisk 74 to guide the team to a defendable score of 233 from 40 overs.
The highlight of the day came when he smacked Indorwa’s pace bowler Subashish Samal for six fours in one over.
In response, Indorwa could only post 100 runs thanks to some disciplined bowling from Mutuyimana and Praveen Kumar who picked six wickets between themselves.
After going the entire season unbeaten, it was no surprise when Challengers dominated the prize giving ceremony.
Srinath picked the man of match award, Kumar claimed the best batsman award, Tuyishimire was voted best fielder while Mutuyimana picked the man of series accolade after picking 16 wickets and scoring 127 runs.
In his remarks, Vardhineni lauded Mutuyimana for his spectacular performance and growing maturity.
“He is a relevation for Rwandan cricket. He has had a lovely series and hope he carries on with the same form in the upcoming ICC World Cricket League in Malawi,” the Challengers captain said.
It was Challengers’ second Sulfo league title after that of 2007.