Malayala Manorama clinch Kochi

WINNER: Malayala Manorama - Arun Thomas Abraham and Ranjit K Wilson

RUNNER UP: Kraft Labs - Arun A S and Shibin Azad

Kochi is testimony for the adage ‘quality trumps quantity’ quipped the quizmaster as he was amazed by the high standards displayed by the teams. The prelim constituted 20 questions and seemed a balanced workable one as teams discussed possible answers over tea and awaited their moment of joy to get on stage for the final.

The six finalists were:

  • Idea Cellular: Jithendra E and Dilip Krishna S
  • Malayala Manorama: Arun Thomas Abraham and Ranjit K Wilson
  • UST Global: Sanjay George and Hari Nair
  • Kraft Labs: Arun A S and Shibin Azad
  • Nokia India: Anish Raju and Vijay Anand Menon
  • Green Lemon: Shamanth Rao and Arun Krishna

The final witnessed the defending champions Nokia and five challengers all battling with intensity through the early rounds of the quiz. Green Lemon and Kraft Labs did well to establish a lead while Malayala Manorama were not far behind.

As the buzzers came into play Nokia found the evening getting tougher as their attempts to make a come back proved futile while Malayala Manorama consolidated and moved forward with Kraft Labs still leading the fray. On the final question Malayala Manorama levelled scores with Kraft to force a tie breaker.

The tie breaker was a nervous one as it oscillated from one question to another with either both answering or getting it wrong, until Malayala Manorama got one that Kraft missed to make it the national final.

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