2013 Ram Nathan Agency T20 Match Reports - Week 12 (05-06, Oct 2013)
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2013 Ram V. Nathan Agency T20 Tennis Cricket Tournament
Player of the week
Narander Chaudhary(Syntel) is the player of the week for his excellent performance with the ball. He took the first hat-trick of the season and finished his quota of overs with a 5 wicket haul. He scored 8 runs in a low scoring match and took two catches.
Mrugesh(Jaguars) for his hattrick and excellent bowling contribution(4-0-5-4) along with his quick fire 12.
Quarterfinals: MHM Vs Buffs - Longmont - 10/06/2013 -- Reported by Abhijeet(Buffs)
Having won 6 out of 9 games Buffs finished 4th in the group South with 12 points while MHM was the table toppers in Northern group with 8 wins out of 9 matches and 16 points.
MHM were in full momentum and looking confident for a semi-final berth while BUFFS were looking to re-gain their energy and discipline to upset the favorites.
Toss: BUFFS won the toss and decided to bat first.
BUFFS innings: Pratik (PP) found a new opening partner in Rajan who was yet to score well in the tournament. Both started in a very positive frame of mind taking singles and doubles and looking aggressive. It was a good start with 10 runs from first 2 overs without a wicket.
However, in the 3rd over, PP edged one behind for 7 as Buffs lost their first wicket with 11 on board. Kaul joined Rajan and they continued the innings with the same momentum, taking quick singles even after hitting the ball to the infielders. With score reading 17, Rajan played a good looking shot to the on side, however, Indra took a brilliant catch at short mid-wicket as he juggled it before ending a promising challenge from Rajan for 6. Buffs reached 19/2 in 4 overs/ Srinidhi joined Kaul and both continued playing positive cricket. Srinidhi hit a couple of big blows in the 5th over as he hit consecutive fours, one over square leg and the other over mid-wicket. At 6.2 overs with score reading 36, Srinidhi tried to hit one over the man at mid-off but couldn`t clear it and got out for a well-made 13. After this BUFFS lost some quick wickets in the form of Vivek before break for 0 and Kaul and Shiril for 13 and 6 respectively. Buffs slumped to 54/6 in 12 overs. From this point, Amarjit and Prasanna played really well. Amarjit hit a huge six over deep mid-wicket. Prasanna was also aggressive as both batsmen took some quick singles and doubles. BUFFS posted a fighting total of 91/9 in the allotted 20 overs. It was a brilliant fielding effort from MHM that saw 4 Buffs batsmen getting run out.
MHM innings: Kaushik and Niranjan bowled tight lines. Kaushik got a wicket in the very first over as result of a brilliant catch by Srinidhi behind the stumps. Indra, arguably one of the best batsmen for MHM was taking time to settle at the crease at 1 down as MHM were restricted to 28/1 from 7 overs. Jigar was introduced as the first change and after seeing that Buffs are bowling a tight off stump line, Indra tried to innovate and paddle sweep to Jigar, however, the ball went straight to Rajan at short fine leg, positioned for this shot as he completed a simple catch. This brought Swamy to the crease. The left-hander had very recently scored a century of 44 balls at Erie and was a big threat to Buffs` chances. While Swamy tried to score runs from end, pressure exerted on the other batsmen and brilliant fielding from BUFFS saw 3 run outs. At 10 over mark, MHM were restricted to 38/5.
With 55 reqd. in the last 10, the onus was on the Buffs bowlers to bowl really well. That was exactly was Rajan and Amarjit did. Both bowled very intelligently and accurately despite the left-hand,right-hand combination at the crease. Thanks to brilliant fielding by Buffs, MHM score read 55/7 in 15 overs with four run outs.
On one end though, Swami was playing a great knock. With 37 reqd. of 5 overs, Kaushik came in to bowl his last over. He tried to bowl a yorker but resulted in a low full toss on the middle stump. Swami converted it into a huge six over square leg. Although, Kaushik bowled the remaining over well, conceding only singles to bring it to 26 of 4 overs, there was an apparent nervousness out in the field. Jigar bowled the 17th over and he committed the same mistake as Kaushik. Seeing Swamy shifting around, he tried to bowl one quick yorker but even though he missed by just an inch, Swamy converted it into another huge six over deep square leg again on the first ball of the 16th over. The MHM team cheered loud as Buffs sensed the match slipping from there hand. Jigar took the wicket of Sudheer caught behind and gave away only 3 singles in the remaining balls of his over to bring it down to 17 reqd. of 18 balls.
With Swamy still at the crease at 37, MHM looked to have a good chance while Buffs knew they needed just one wicket. Amarjit bowled his final over and though he bowled well, Rajesh and Swamy nudged around for singles and doubles and ended up taking 8 runs of the over. So, 9 runs of 2 overs and Jigar is brought into bowl his final over by Kaul. With field still 3 men on the boundary, it was a gamble as MHM at this point could just take singles and win the game. However, Jigar tossed one up, a tad slower and Swamy tried to hit it from off stump and hit it hard to clear the deep square leg boundary. Instead, it ballooned into the sky and what seemed like an eternity, came down safely into the hands of Shiril at deep square leg and Buffs were full of jubilation as they sensed win now. It was sheer disappointment written all over Swamy`s face as he had to depart for a knock of 41, which unfortunately for him couldn`t see his team home.
With 9 wickets down and 9 still to get, Buffs had a good chance. 8 of 11, Jigar bowls one full, the batsmen hit it along the ground towards deep mid-wicket. Desperation had set in as the last batting pair of MHM tried to scamper for a 2nd which was never there, a no, yes, no from non-striker for 2nd run saw Rajan through it straight to Jigar who cleaned up the stumps at the bowler`s end to put BUFFS straight into the Semi-Finals, 2nd time this season. BUFFS defeated MHM by 6 runs as MHM was bundled out for 85.
MOM: Jigar for his 3 crucial wickets and 7 runs.
Challenger Vs Crazy Cricketers - Erie - 10/06/2013 -- Reported by Parmider(CCSpartans)
CC won the toss and elected to bat but didnít had a good start as they lost their first wicket in the first over itself. Seshu (47) and Adarsh (19) added 35 runs for second wicket. After that CC lost their wickets in regular intervals but Seshu held one end and after some small parternships with Kartik and Anand , CC were able to make 118/7 in 20 overs. Today Erie ground was not at its batting friendly conditions as the outfield was little wet and ball wasnít travelling at normal speed.
Challengers innings never took off as the runs dried up because of brilliant spells of CC bowlers. Wickets fell in regular intervals and Challengers were all wrapped up at 82 runs in 17.2 overs.
MOM: Seshu Velpuri was awarded Man of Match for his wonderful innings of 47 runs in 53 balls.
Jaguars Vs F11 - Longmont - 10/06/2013 -- Reported by Mrugesh(Jag)
It was the last quarterfinal on bright sunny afternoon between Northern giants - Jaguars and Southern underdogs F11 @ Longmont cricket ground. After winning the toss, Jaguars didn't hesitate to bat first and put runs on board in this win or go home contest. Anand & Rana started cautiously for Jaguars and gave a steady opening stand of 23 with Anand getting out making 12. Naveen KP joined Rana and picked up the run rate. He batted aggressively and Rana complimented him good with his steady stand. The best shot of the innings came from Naveen KP with a reverse swept six over deep point to Balaji's spin bowling. After a brisk partnership of 23, Rana got out making watchful 14 with total being 56. With platform set well, Mrugesh joined Naveen KP but Naveen got out to a well judged catch from F11 captain - Jatin with his highest contribution of the innings - 27. It brought most consistent Jaguar of the season - Rushabh to crease with most experienced Jaguar - Mrugesh at the crease already. However, after hitting back to back boundaries to Balaji, Mrugesh got out trying to make it a hattrick with personal contribution of 12 at team total 74. But Rushabh showed his consistency and took final total to 116 with the help of lower middle order - Manoj, Ravi & Praveen contributing 3, 8 & 6 respectively. At the end of 20 overs Jaguars made 116/6 which is a very good score on Longmont Ground and Jaguars felt confident to defend it.
F11 started their chase watchfully with their best batsman, Naresh along with Nishanth. Jaguars started their bowling with Pankaj and he didn't disappoint by taking Nishanth cought at point in 3rd over before he could open his account. However, after watchful start Naresh started opening up and hit a six to Jaguar's young gun - Kaveesh. That prompted Manoj to make change after field restrictions & he brought himself to bowl. As usual his canny bowling didn't allow batsmen to open up after Naresh's six. Manoj made double change and brought Mrugesh to bowl & boy nobody had slightest idea what will unfold after.. he got Naresh cought behind in his first ball. Mrugesh followed up with 2 more caught behinds in the very next two balls as well making it a 1st hattrick of the season and 1st for Jaguars as well. Balaji & Jatin were 2 other victims in hattrick with golden ducks. Mrugesh followed up with one more in his next over cleaning Pradeep's stumps with full toss. With half the side back to pavilion at total score of 11, F11 were in very dire situation & Jaguars were high on confidence. The following batsmen were not able to put up any show & tried to stick around to finish the allotted overs. There were brilliance on the field as well resulting in 2 runouts with Naveen M & Manoj combining with keeper Anand. Manoj finished the F11 innings uprooting Sriram's stumps at the end of 14th over. F11 were all out for paltry 41 with 5 of their batsmen out for 0. Apart from Mrugesh, Manoj took 2 wickets, Pankaj and Rana took one each. It was a very good bowling performance from Jaguars.
MOM - Mrugesh was judged man of the match with his hattrick and excellent bowling contribution(4-0-5-4) along with his quick fire 12.
SCC Vs RW - Erie - 10/06/2013 -- Reported by Siva(SCC)
Executive Summary: SCC won the QF match by 3 wickets chasing 97 runs set by Royal Warriors. Man of the match - Chinmayi Sahoo (27 runs and a wicket). SCC will play against Colorado Amigos for Semi Finals.
The 2012 T20 finalists met this season in Erie ground known for its "quick outfield" in Quarter Finals knock out. Both the teams were well balanced with batsmen, all-rounders and bowling units proving themselves by delivering a nail biting thriller in finals last year. The match started at 3:15 after Royal Warriors winning the toss and deciding to bat. With sun coming down, SCC had no sweat to start with field. Deepak Jammula and Aashish Dalmia started the initial overs strongly with some disciplined bowling. Deepak gave an excellent breakthrough by knocking out both the openers placing Royal Warriors in pressure with his great spell of 4-0-9-2. Karun Godavarthi knew that his steady innings is necessary to get the team back in good shape but was trapped by a surprising bouncer from Sreekanth Miryala in his very first ball. What more would a bowling unit require after getting the best T20 all-rounder of 2012 out? Murali Ponnudurai (18 runs) and Shankar Kolappan (10 runs) later added few runs for middle order and were cleaned up by Siva Kumar (4-0-18-2) with deceiving balls in the same over breaking their patience. Hari Shanmugam contributed well with his valuable 20 runs and was run out for a greedy second run call. Chinmayi Sahoo (SCC) bowled couple of tight overs and Sreekanth Miryala (SCC) cleaned the tail with ease at the last over. Sreekanth was the bowler of the day for his wickets; 4-0-24-4. Royal Warriors ended up scoring 96 runs all out.
Low scores are always hard to chase - we heard that before but the chasing team SCC exactly understands the statement. How do you plan the chase? The usual way of requesting top order batsmen to go aggressive and try to get the target closer and leave the rest to their hitters - hmmm, there are risks involved if it goes otherwise. Cricket experts say a good opening partnership stand for 10 overs with a run rate of 5.0 would maximize the probability. With the in-form Vissu Divvi holding a hat trick 50s on his hat and the century maker Rajesh Rathod opening with the bat, the captain did not hesitate to ask. Royal Warriors had other plans... Both Rajesh and Vissu were caught behind by beautiful line and length deliveries from RW bowlers. Chaitanya, Murali Munuswamy and Pradyu Godavarthi did not steady the ship and was out trying hard hanging out with the SCC captain Arun Santhanakrishnan. When the run board showing 50-ish and 5 wickets gone the match can swing to either of the sides. RW required an extra-ordinary over with another quick 2 wickets so that they can invite the tail enders to finish it off with their lead bowlers. At the same time, SCC required catching up 10 runs at a time patiently to reach their target. The SCC dug-out was in full pressure and the captain decided to call Chinmayi Sahoo to partner up with him to complete a tedious task. Chinmayi went for three boundaries to start with and reminded that the match format is T20. His powerful blows from meat of the bat pushed the ball to boundaries and Arun can't hold his shots forever after seeing his partner hunting for runs. Arun scored 24 runs and was out for a great catch at deep wicket boundary line by Tarun Chug. Chinamayi scored 27 runs in 20 balls and was run out while stealing a quick leg-bye. When SCC looked feable, Chinmayi showed lot of character (adjudged as man of the match) with the bat. SCC achieved their target of 97 in 19 overs winning by 3 wickets.
MOM - Chinmayi
Spartans Vs HNR - Erie - 10/06/2013 -- Reported by Mohan(Spartans)
Losing the toss, Spartans were sent out to bat first on a cold morning. Spartans got a good start but lost two wickets in initial three overs and were 15/2. Keshav and Amit both being new at the pitch, played cautious initially but started to rotate regularly and scored lot of 2ís, 3ís and kept the scoreboard ticking. Spartans at the end of 10 overs were 66/2 in 10 overs. Keshav played his trademark innings of anchoring the Spartans scorecard. Uday, Sunny and Sandeep were on the other end and supported keshav in his innings. Spartans finally amassed a total of 134 in 20 overs.
Putting a decent defendable on board, Spartans started off well and took 4 wickets in first 6 overs for 24 runs. Off the 4 wickets 3 were run-outs by some excellent fielding effort by prashanth. Nitin, Anil and Chida put some fight but Hit & Run were bundled out at the end of 16 overs and put up a fight of 84 runs.
MOM -Keshav Murthy was adjudged the man of the match for his knock of 47 runs.
Syntel 11 Vs Panthers - Longmont - 10/06/2013 -- Reported by Ankur(Syntel)
It was cold icy morning in Longmont when Panthers won the toss and chose to bat. The match was reduced to 16 overs due to a delayed start. Panthers openers looked confident and a dropped catch at long off in the second over didnít help Syntel either. However, Syntel got a breakthrough soo enough when Manish took a precise catch at deep midoff. This triggered a collapse which was aided by some excellent catches by Mahesh Pawar. Narendra Chaudhary too joined the party and took a hatrick in his second over. Eventually Narendra finished his overs with a five wicket haul and two catches. Manish, Mohan, Priyank also pitched in with economical overs. Panthers eventually succumbed at 36 runs in 12 overs.
Syntel started the runs chase cautiously and kept losing wickets at regular intervals. Narendra contributed with bat too with 8 runs before being dismissed. Swapnil stuck around for a while before he lost his patience and played a reckless shot in the air to be caught at mid off. Panthers were able to take 6 wickets before Pawar and Jaggu changed gears and hit a couple of boundaries to finish the run chase in 11th over.
MOM -Narander Chaudhary was a MOM for his excellent performance. He took hat-trick and was able to take total 5 wickets. He scored 8 runs and took two catches.
VCC Vs Sydney Smashers Erie - 10/06/2013 -- Reported by Vikas(VCC)
VCC won toss and elected to bat first and scored 129 in 20 overs. Dipesh scored 31 and then Tekkem gave a good stand with modest 21 and then Sudhir scored a quick 35 taking the score to 129. Sydney smashers started well with excellent batting scoring 76 in first 10 overs with just 3 wickets lost. VCC came back to second session with a strategy and got wickets of Shivanchal and Asish who were looking danger and were taking game away from VCC. Quick fall of these two players in second session put VCC back in game and VCC won the last ball thriller where they required 2 runs off 1 ball.
Imran Momin was awarded MOM for picking 2 wickets.
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