The southern zonals of Tata Crucible for this year has been dubbed by many on the social media as the zone of death.
Top teams from across the southern terrain that had won from their respective cities formed the line-up of the seven teams. Pickbrain reminded them that it was not about winning but getting to the Nationals.
Brookefields: Ashwin B and Balasubramaniam
Titan: Himanish and Utkarash
TCS: Jayakanthan and Aniruddha Dutta
Defence Accounts: Shibin and Deepak
Sai Mithra: Naveen Kumar and Ajit
Monitor Deloitte: Ms. Arpita Shetty and Nikhil Nayak
Novartis: Abhishek Kumar and Subrata Dass
The zonal looked more like a National final with all the teams looking sharp. The tension was visible as the battle got underway with Sai Mitra in their customary fashion getting off to a 150 on the first question.
As the battle progressed Defence Accounts and Brookfields also started scoring. The lead position, however, was quickly established by TCS who moved forward with clinical strikes.
Novartis looked like they were losing as Sai Mitra was consistent and staying close on heals with TCS. It was in the final 10 questions that Novartis struck back with some splendid answers getting past everyone to win the zonal.
The second slot in the National final went down the wire to the final question as Sai Mitra tried in vain to get past TCS.
Novartis and TCS became the first two teams to make it to the Nationals. They were congratulated and awarded their prizes by Mr. Sumanji Tiwari, GM Vivanta Coimbatore.