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2015 Division 1: Game 5 Result – SDCC2 beat Vijayta by 76 runs

May 9, 2015

Below is the brief report between SDCC2 v/s Vijayta game at Wong field at Woodley on May 9, 2015.

Brief Report:

SDCC2 won the toss and elected to bat.

SDCC2 – 200/9 in 45 overs (Hrishi 58*, Akshay 56, Sharvesh 23, Pratik 16)


Vijayta – 124/10 in 31.4 overs (Jogi 5/23, Vishal 3/32, Pratik 1/22, Hrishi 1 run out)

by 76 runs.

Scorecard can be found on the URL below:

Congratulations to Akshay and Hrishi 1st 50 of the season along with Jogi’s 1st 5 wicket haul in the win. Many more to come!!!

Match report:

Author: Pratik Desai

Tale of the tape for SDCC2 vs Vijayta

This was one of the most awaited games of the season for both the teams.  Although both the teams marched onto the lush green Woodley field with some key players missing, there wasn’t a lack of confidence in either camp with some good talented players. So, there was no margin of error for either side.

It was picture perfect until Vishal won the toss and elected to bat first on a fresh Wong wicket, knowing that it will help the spin bowlers in the later part of the day with some turn – exactly as our red-eye pilot Akshay Brahmbhatt wanted, who came to bat at a stage when SDCC-2 was struggling with their openers being bundled at the score of under 10 runs. Joginder and Akash got out in quick time. Mehul and Bhrugesh started proceedings for Vijayta and bowled a very good line and length and were able to put pressure on the San Diego batsmen from the beginning. For SDCC-2, once again Akshay paced his innings in a very classy fashion with some flamboyant stroke play and elegant touches. Not to mention the contribution of Sharvesh Karthik, who joined Akshay when SDCC-2 was in trouble with 2 down at a early stage. Both of them provided good resistance and added 85 runs in a partnership that put the team in a very commanding position. When the other bowlers were struggling to break this bond, Mehul came back into the attack. With his experience and using the condition of the wicket, he started making breakthroughs first dismissing Sharvesh LBW, just when San Diego batsmen where looking confident in the middle. Mehul ended up picking 4 wickets in no time and the San Diego middle order collapsed just before the second drinks break. It was just as great as when you would have your most experienced pilot in the cockpit under rough conditions! Hrishikesh Unni, the most experience batsman in the SDCC2 line up, wanted to make sure his crew landed safely and securely under those circumstances. Hrishi took charge when the morale was a bit down in the pavilion and added a crucial partnership of 54 runs with Pratik in the later part of the innings in 5.2 overs. Both wanted to make sure that they stayed till the end and reached a decent total to give bowlers a good chance to defend it. It was a masterclass 58 not out from Hrishi and good support from Pratik on the other end, which helped SDCC2 reach the total of exactly 200 for 9 wickets in 45 overs. Excellent effort!

Vijayta was definitely a little disappointed with their slog overs performance, allowing a little extra runs than they would have expected. Their top order came out with some positive intent, but could not survive for long time on the crease when they tried to play too many big shots and surrendered to good disciplined bowling from SDCC-2. Joginder took the responsibility with Vishal to open the innings in the first power play. It was the first time this season that San Diego had chosen to open with spin bowling in the powerplay and Jogi did exceptionally well to fulfill his responsibility, bowling into the right areas from the start. Vishal got the 1st wicket in the 1st over and then Jogi knocked over the stumps of their other 2 batsmen. Sridhar was brilliant behind the wickets. He took a beauty of a catch off Jogi’s bowling. Good support from Vishal on other end made it more difficult for Vijayta to score freely during the fielding restrictions. After 10 overs, score was 32/3. Pratik bowled well and got a wicket of one of the NCCA exports by Vijayta caught by Vishal at mid wicket. Once again, Hrishi came back into the picture. It was hard to keep him out of this game. With his brilliant presence of mind, he ran out Mehul fielding at gully. Mehul had no idea and looked like he was in the mood of going back home to play with his dogs in the garden! Vijayta score was 55/5 in 16.1 overs at 1st drink breaks. SDCC2 kept trying for wickets, but partnership between Kartik and Anand grew. At one stage Vijayta’s score read 84/5 in 22 overs. Vishal once again was spot on with his captaincy and brought himself back into the attack just when the partnership was looking to threaten. In his first over of his second spell, he removed Anand LBW and then Leslani hit the ball straight into the throat of Bansi, who made no mistake to hold the catch at the shortest corner of the ground. For Vijayta, Kartik Patel was the only batsman who hung in there at the wicket and accepted the challenge from the San Diego bowlers. He was lucky as some of the edges or the hits in the air did not carry to the fielders, but he played mostly on merit, hitting the bad balls and rotating the strike. As soon as the batting PP began, it was a no brainer decision for Vishal to bring his best bowler back of the day into the attack and finish the game without any surprises. Joginder wrapped up the innings taking the last 3 wickets (caught by Vishal at covers, bowled and bowled) and ended up with 5 for 23. The first 5 wicket haul for San Diego this season! 

SDCC2 displayed a clinical performance in all the departments.

Man of the Match – Hrishikesh Unni for his brilliant 58* and Joginder Sehgal for his magical spell of 5/23


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