Twenty20 League - Match Reports - Week 19 (Sep 24-25 2016)
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Twenty20 League - Match Reports - Week 19 (Sep 24-25 2016)
LCC-L @ CSCC-Stars: T20 game, Sept 25, 2016 - Reported by Abhishikth Varanasi(CSCC-Stars)
CSCC-Stars had a big, long day coming up when they had to perform in order to stay alive in the tournament. The equation was pretty simple for them – win both games and secure a place in the playoffs at the top half of the table, or be kicked out of this year’s T20 championship even if they lose 1 game. This set the tone for the 1st game of the day for CSCC-Stars who were facing LCC-L who were comfortably placed at the top of the table.
CSCC-Stars won the toss on a pretty good day for cricket and chose to bat first. Norman drew first blood very early in the game when he cleaned up Harpreet for a duck, and followed it up with the wicket of Sandeep immediately after. Kervyn held one end up and was stroking some good boundaries. He was then joined by Chaithanya who fell cheaply (6) as well off the bowling of Bodha. None of the other batsmen stuck around to support Kervyn, with Abhishikth (9) and Charan (9*) being the only players who hung around and looked to rotate the strike over, but it was some good bowling from LCC-L bowlers that kept them under check.
Kervyn ended up being not out on 65 which was pretty much a lone hand, helping CSCC-Stars end up with a paltry 99 off their allotted 20 overs.
LCC-L bowlers did a very good job of holding back the CSCC-Stars’ batsmen by constantly picking up wickets right from the start, and the pick of the bowlers were Norman (4-1-13-2), and Dhruv (2-1-2-2) who was very good with his zippy deliveries that earned him 2 scalps, sending out a maiden as well in the process. Bhavya was very economical too and finished up with 4-0-10-1.
Chasing a below-par total of 100, Dhiren was at his aggressive normal best, smashing Kervyn for 15 runs off the 1st over of their innings. This was soon followed by thumping Vamsi for few lusty blows off his 2 overs. Dharam was rotating the strike over and played sensibly. The duo raced to 50 in no time.
It was when Rama and Charan were introduced into the attack when scoring started to slow down. They created some chances which would have pegged LCC-L back further but for the dropped chance of Dhiren from Chaithanya who generally is a very safe fielder. Dhiren went on to score 54 off 25 balls, who eventually fell LBW off the bowling of Abhishikth. Dharam (18) and Bodha (11) were the other notable contributors. Charan finished with excellent figures of 4-0-14-2, and Rama with 3-1-22-1 who kept things tight when the batsmen were scoring freely. The final pair of Sanket (3*) and Ahmed (4*) sealed the game which concluded a pretty comfortable victory for LCC-L by 6 wickets in the end.
Man of the Match: Dhiren Patel was declared MoM for his blistering innings of 54 off 25 balls which pretty much sealed the game for LCC-L who were in pursuit of 100 runs.
See LCC-L Vs CSCC-Stars Scorecard
CSCC-Stars @ CSCC-Stripes: T20 game, Sept 25, 2016 - Reported by Abhishikth Varanasi(CSCC-Stars)
CSCC-Stars were up for their 2nd game of the day – against their own club teammates as CSCC fielded two T20 teams this year. It would have been a cracking contest had CSCC-Stars won their 1st game against LCC-L which they failed to do, so this game turned out to be inconsequential. Due to the nature of this match, CSCC-Stars decided to test their bench strength and rested some of their players, and CSCC-Stripes were hoping to finish their season on a high with a win.
Kervyn again called the right side of the coin and CSCC-Stars decided to bat first for the 2nd time in the day. The innings got off to a dreadful start with Kervyn being run out for just 3 courtesy a brilliant throw from Prasanna. Charan fell very early (1) too who was cleaned up my Hamayun, and CSCC-Stars were quickly down to the mercy of the middle order to post a decent total. Chaithanya hit some lusty blows in his quick fire innings of 21, who was supported by Fahad (13). Abhishikth (16) and Sunil (13) strung together a partnership to get the scoreboard moving, and finally contributions from lower middle order saw CSCC-Stars posting the exact same total as their previous game – 99.
The bowling from CSCC-Stripes was tight, with Hamayun picking up 2 wickets in his 3 overs, and Narayan, Manjinder, Alagar chipped in with wicket a piece to restrict CSCC-Stars to a below par total, which one would expect wouldn’t pose a real threat to them.
CSCC-Stripes innings started off decently with Narayan playing a cautious role, and Jayanth an attacking role playing his strokes when the ball was there to be hit. Chaithanya drew first blood when he got Narayan LBW for 4. Abhay had an off day and was unusually ineffective, going for 24 off his 4 overs. Jayanth was then joined by Viswa who tried to get the scoreboard ticking, and were comfortably placed at the half way mark needing only 40 more runs to win.
Abhishikth was brought into the attack immediately after the break who responded with the wicket of Viswa who fell for 14 attempting a cut short. He then picked up the wickets of Hamayun and Jayanth to bring CSCC-Stars back into the game. He was unlucky not to have gotten more wickets thanks to a few dropped chances, but was by far the pick of the bowlers finishing up with 4-0-11-3 which almost saw them home. Sunil sent down a tight over in the penultimate over of the innings and also picked a wicket to make things more interesting toward the end.
CSCC-Stripes needed just 4 off the last over of the match to win the game. Some lack of match awareness by the fielder and shabby work by the keeper saw CSCC-Stripes inch ahead in what should have been a tied game of cricket in a low scoring thriller. It was overall an awesome game of cricket which saw the balance shift toward either team during different phases of the game.
Man of the Match: Jayanth was declared MoM for his batting effort of 46 which saw their team home.
See CSCC-Stripes Vs CSCC-Stars Scorecard
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