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2015 Division 1 Game 10 Result: SDCC2 beat USC by 61 runs

August 10, 2015

Below is the brief report between SDCC2 v/s USC game at CSP ground on August 9, 2015.

Brief Report:

USC won the toss and put in SDCC2 to bat.

SDCC2 – 262/5 in 45 overs (Sridhar 92, Akshay 69, Vishal 22)


USC – 201 all out in 38.3 overs (Vishal 4/38, Pradeep 3/27, Jatin 2/58, Pratik 1/32)

by 61 runs.

Scorecard can be found on the URL below:


Match Report:

Author: Karthik Ramesh

A cloudy CSP was the setting for San Diego 2’s 10th game of the season. The opponents were a very good USC side that had won 5 and lost 3 of their 8 games so far. The equation for SDCC2 going in to the game was simple – Win the remaining 2 games and hope Vijayta loses one of theirs. USC won the toss and had little hesitation in choosing to bowl first. This was the first time SDCC2 were batting first at CSP this year and was a new challenge for the team. There were 3 changes with Karthik, CP and Sharvesh coming in for Akash, Jogi and Ram.

Sridhar and Karthik opened the batting for SDCC2 and made a solid start. Both looked comfortable negating the threat of the new ball and scored 50 runs in the first 12 overs. Karthik fell shortly after to a sharp catch at slips. Akshay (aka Kohli) joined Sri in what would be a brilliant 142 run partnership in 26 overs. The pair was hardly troubled by the opposition, and kept rotating the strike with 1s and 2s and dismissed the loose balls to boundaries. They proceeded at a steady rate to score of 172 after 35 overs. At this point both the batsmen had brought up their well deserved 50s and were looking to increase the scoring rate. When Sridhar finally fell for a brilliant 92, missing out on what would have been a deserved 100, the score was 193 with 41 balls left to play. With the platform set for a big finish, Vishal shuffled the batting order bringing himself in to up the ante. And he did exactly that with a quick 22 off 11 balls, the highlight of which was a towering 6 over square leg followed by 3 boundaries. Once Vishal got out, Hrishi was upto the mark as well dispatching for 6 followed by 2 consecutive boundaries to score 16 off 44th over helping team get past 250. After Hrishi got out, CP was sent in (7 off 4) to finish off the final over scoring 11 off it. SDCC2 scored 90 runs in the last 10 overs to finish at 262/5, our highest score this year thanks largely to Sridhar’s 92 and Akshay’s 69. It was a solid batting performance from top to bottom.

Chasing a score at a rate close to 6 per over at CSP is always a daunting task. The USC openers didn’t help themselves as they got out cheaply to 2 brilliant catches by Jatin and Prateek (more on the catching later). Vishal picked both the wickets in the 3rd over. USC’s captain Vivek and Gaurav fared much better. They accelerated the score to 83 off 15 overs. A combination of bad catching and poor umpiring helped their cause as well. After the first break, CP produced the much needed breakthrough getting Vivek caught behind for 46. Vishal tried Pratik and CP from the road end, but it was evident neither of them were feeling comfortable bowling from that end. Also the batsmen started using the pace to their advantage. Vishal quickly realized that and brought himself back into the attack from road end and Pratik from the tennis court end which helped SDCC2 get 2 more USC wickets off Vishal’s same over including Gaurav’s wicket. Pradeep and Pratik maintained the pressure well from the other end. USC lost 2 more wickets (1 each to CP and Pratik from tennis court end) in the next few overs as they dropped to 114 for 7 after 24 overs. Another decent partnership of close to 50 runs kept them in the hunt. 2 more catches went down in this partnership. But the asking rate was too much to ask and they were bowled out eventually for 201 – a 61 run win, which would have been much higher had we held on to the catches. Vishal finished with 4 wickets, CP with 3, Jatin with 2 and Pratik 1.

Kudos to Rajsekhar for coming out as 12th man and supporting the team throughout the game! We all appreciate the commitment that he has shown to the team!

A special “Thank you” to Nishad for supporting the team from outside and asking for drinks regularly when SDCC2 were on the field.

Another solid team performance and a comfortable home win with one more game to play. SDCC2 plays against Century on August 23, 2015 which would be the final game of the 2015 season.

Man of the match – Sridhar Ranganathan for his superlative knock (92 runs followed by 3 caught behinds)

There were 2 area of improvements that we all can definitely get better:

1. Running between the wickets, and

2. Catching,

Let’s keep working together and we will get better at it.


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