On the May 4, MIT challenged crosstown rivals Harvard in a home game at the Roberts Field. Moods were upbeat after their comprehensive victory over Harvard earlier this season. Winning the toss for the second consecutive time, captain Priyank Kumar G put the opposition in to bat. Harvard’s openers Ibrahim and Nikhil, played watchfully to see off the opening threat posed by Tughral Ali G and Savithru Jayasinghe G.
MIT had forced a tight lid on the run flow but the lack of wickets meant Harvard gained a strong platform from which to launch an assault. After being 72 for no loss at the midway mark, Harvard was led to a competitive 185 for the loss of two wickets by their captain Manik Kuchroo. Saad Shoukat ’15 and Jehangir Amjad G were among the wickets for the Engineers.
In their batting reply, MIT quickly lost Sourav Padhy G in the first over but consolidated with a strong partnership between Priyank Kumar G (23 runs of 23 balls) and Fahad Mahmood G (43 runs of 29 balls).
At 60 for the loss of one wicket, MIT looked to be in a good position to take the game when Harvard turned the tables by snagging five quick wickets within the span of 50 runs. MIT was staring down at defeat at 110 for 8 when Usman Naseer G (27 of 19) and Saad Shoukat (27 of 12) fought back doggedly, piling up 56 runs for the 9th wicket to bring MIT close to the brink of victory. MIT lost by a margin of 18 runs in a closely fought contest. Overall, the Engineers retained their top spot in the league with a big margin over Boston University, who are currently in second place.
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