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2015 Premier Playoffs: SDCC2 v/s Vijayta

November 20, 2015 Leave a comment

Below is the brief report between SDCC2 (#2) v/s Vijayta (#1) premier playoff game at Wong ground on November 14, 2015.

Brief Report:

SDCC2 won the toss and elected to bat.

SDCC2 – 167/10 in 35 overs (Hrishi 48, Sridhar 35, Gaurav 26, Jogi 25)

beat

Vijayta – 163/8 in 35 overs (Jatin 2/17, Raju P 2/24, Pratik 2/31, Jogi 1/30, Raju P 3 catches, Akash, Jogi and Pratik 1 each, Hrishi 1 stumping, Jogi 1 run out)

by 4 runs.

Scorecard can be found on the URL below:

Scorecard

Match Report:

Author: Sridhar Ranganathan

As soon as the playoff final was in the horizon, the team got together across several practice sessions as often as we could. The daylight savings time change was quite the challenge, but somehow some players got some practice. The spirits were high primarily because the team that we were about to face had already been conquered in the regular season game.

The morning was bright, crisp and cold. The drive was pleasant. The team arrived about 30 minutes before the game, everyone warmed up to the occasion and a sense of relaxed spirit pervaded throughout. We had gone through the routine enough number of times and it was beginning to show up as an automatic stimulus of sorts.

Vishal called the toss right and he made the decision well. He informed the team in the huddle that he made the decision to bat first because he wanted to put the runs on the board and hence, the pressure to chase would be on Vijayta. Throughout this season, the team has stood behind him and this game was no different. The goals were set, the roles were known. The players just had to play their part.

Akash and Sridhar opened the batting for San Diego. Mehul Dave and Nisarg Patel opened the bowling for Vijayta and as usual, they gave nothing away. At first, the San Diego openers were circumspect and then Akash played a beautiful cover drive to open the account of boundaries. Subsequently, a bad ball from Nisarg was dragged over mid-on for another boundary from Sridhar. Things were beginning to settle. As a jolt, Akash played an uppish drive straight to a well-positioned short-cover fielder. Sharvesh joined in and began to push Sridhar along to trickle singles and twos. The pair batted beautifully – playing out the good and dangerous balls, running hard between the wickets and stringing together a good 40-run partnership. Sridhar was the next to go for 35(45), edging one to slip. Gaurav Khillon then took over from this point onwards. His was a typical innings punctuated well with late chops towards third-man and aggressive running between the wickets. Sharvesh’s false shot led to the loss of his wicket. Jatin too couldn’t last long in the middle. At 74/4, the game was evenly poised and needed someone to play a gutsy knock to tilt the balance in San Diego’s favor. Hrishi was the man that did it once again. He walked in and nonchalantly played a cover drive off his first ball. That not only put the pressure on the opposition but also loosened the grip they had by virtue of attacking field positions (silly point and short-leg). They had to spread the field around. Gaurav was unfortunate to get out LBW (26 off 34 balls) but his was a very important innings fighting it out there for the team. The game-changing moment was perhaps the partnership of Joginder Sehgal and Hrishi. In about 5 overs (from 25th to 30th), they amassed a 50-run partnership. Both of them were severe on bad balls, but also not shy of flaunting one and all with their wide-array of strokeplay and excellent running between the wickets. At the end of the day, their partnership probably made a huge difference to the outcome of the game and definitely put us 20-25 runs ahead of what we would have settled for in the middle of our innings. Hrishi finished with an aggressive 48 (37) and Jogi with 25 (21). San Diego scored 167 all out in their allocated 35 overs which was a fighting total but definitely 15-20 runs short.

With a required rate of little less than 5 RPO, Vijayta not only had to score at a decent pace but also had to ensure wickets were held for a finish. Timil and Nisarg Patel opened the bat. Evidently, their plan was to play Vishal out as he was the nagging type of bowler with a plenty of wickets already in his kit bag and attack the bowlers from the other end. In doing so, the pair was beginning to enjoy a lot of success. Vishal bowled 4-0-5-0 in his first spell but Vijayta were still at 27/0 in 7 overs. There was a drop catch at point off Gaurav first ball of his spell.(8th over). Looking for the first breakthrough, Vishal turned to Raju from the other end as pressure started to build on San Diego. San Diego did show some signs of mediocrity on the field. Even an energy bunny like Pratik on his average day, couldn’t live up to the standards he has set for himself on the field. Eventually, we got some much needed adrenaline at the sight of Raju P taking a superb return catch off his own bowling. Nisarg drove full-blooded straight back at him, but Raju was equally competent to hang on to it. We got the much-needed breakthrough. But the worst was yet to come. Mehul Dave walked in and spent no time in setting himself in. When he was under 10, San Diego again let him off the hook by dropping at mid off. Raju bowled his heart out in the first spell with fielders not showing their support to him. Mehul kept himself and his partner busy that runs started flowing like a river. San Diego could find no way to break through this partnership and rightly so as our fielding went from bad to worse. Bowling change again worked in San Diego favor when Vishal brought back Jogi for his second spell. It needed our best fielder in the team to pounce and hold on to a diving catch. That is none other than Akash. He ran in, judged the ball perfectly and eventually hung on to a stunning catch to dismiss Mehul Dave who tried to pull Jogi towards deep mid-wicket. With a new sense of urgency, Vishal brought in well thought out bowling changes that ensured we made dent after dents in their batting. None of the well-known Patels (Mrunal, Kartik and Vimal) could survive. Mrunal went out to a quick stumping by Hrishi off Pratik’s bowling. Kartik could only manage to give Jogi a skier at square leg. And Jogi was again at the thick of the action with a sharp runout opportunity to dismiss Vimal. Dhaval and Timil began to build a partnership when Vishal brought back Raju again for his final spell. It paid off immediately as Raju got Dhaval with a slower ball beauty where he took the return catch.

Meanwhile, at the other end, Timil Patel was batting like a dream. He used his feet beautifully against the spinners. Subash Jayaraman (@thecricketcouch) put it more eloquently in his article – Timil’s innings was “workmanlike”. He was threatening to take the game away from San Diego. With run-a-ball needed in the last 5 overs, Timil had no problems scoring 6 runs every over. He took the singles whenever available but also ensured the bad balls were put away for boundaries. He had a huge stroke of luck when the substitute fielder, Karthik Ramesh, soiled a chance at long off.

But San Diego held on to its nerves. It came down to the wire. 6 runs needed off 6 balls and 2 wickets remaining with Timil holding the strike. Vishal, Gaurav, Hrishi and Jatin (the senior members of the team) hold a solemn conference before the last over. It was heartening to see both Gaurav and Jatin willing to take on the challenge for the team. Eventually, Vishal threw the ball to Jatin. The resolve in Jatin’s eyes was a spectacle. The goal was to bowl at the batsmen’s body and not give away easy singles. Breakthrough came off the very first ball. Timil tried to square drive Jatin but the extra bounce that was on offer from one end had Timil play it in the air. Pratik had to quickly move towards his right and held on to the catch – perhaps, the catch that mattered the most in 2015 season. Timil was gone but not before he made a fighting 66 (81). With just the last wicket remaining, Jatin was smart to use the angles across the left-hander to deliver two valuable dot balls. A few moments later, 5 runs were needed off the last ball. Jatin again produced a beauty of a delivery and all the batsman could manage was a lofted shot towards cover. Raju wouldn’t miss dollies as easy as those. Vijayta was tamed once again. Déjà vu.

SDCC has won the Div 1 playoff championship after 11 years. Everyone on the field were jubilant with this win as it took lot of discipline, dedication and determination from everyone to achieve it.

A sight to watch – TEAM Huddle after the game and HIP HIP HURRAY’S with every player hugging each other.

Man of the Match: Hrishikesh Unni for his brilliant 48 and an awesome stumping & Raju Palagummi for his spectacular spell and 3 catches.

Special mention: Kartik and Vivek showed up as 12th and 13th players for the team that was very much appreciated by all and lifted the team spirit in a positive direction. Also kudos to Ritu and Harman to keep cheering for the team!

San Diego are the “2015 SCCA Premier Playoff Champions”!!! 

Go SDCC!!!

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2015 Division 2: Game 9 Result – SDCC1 lost to University by 10 wickets

August 26, 2015 Leave a comment

Below is the brief report between SDCC2 v/s University game at Woodley ground on August 22, 2015.

Brief Report:

University won the toss and elected to bowl.

SDCC1 – 95 all out in 30.4 overs (Nishad 22, Joseph 22)

lost to

University – 96/0 in 15.1 overs

by 10 wickets.

Scorecard can be found on the URL below:

Scorecard

Match Report to follow soon…

2015 Division 1 Game 11 Result: SDCC2 lost to Century by 5 wickets

August 26, 2015 Leave a comment

Brief Report:

SDCC2 lost the toss and was sent into bat.

SDCC1 – 192/10 in 43.2 overs (Jatin 53, Hrishi 43, Akshay 32)

lost to

Century – 193/5 in 37 overs (Vishal 2/46, Pradeep 1/27, Gaurav 1/37, Pratik 1/38)

by 5 wickets.

Scorecard can be found on the URL below:

Scorecard

Match Report:

Author: Karthik Ramesh

It was another perfect day in San Diego for San Diego 2’s last game of the season vs Century. Century was rooted to the bottom of the table before the game and the threat of relegation must have definitely given them additional motivation. Century won the toss and chose to bowl. There was one change to our team from the last game as Ram replaced Raju in the 11.

Sridhar and Karthik again opened the innings for us. But unlike the previous game, the start didn’t go as well. Both the openers got out cheaply and the score read 30 for 2 when Gaurav joined Akshay. The pair steadied the innings and proceeded along cautiously to 60 in 22 overs. Spin was introduced in the form of Malinda Fernando and that proved to be the turning point. A wily bowler who can bowl doosras, carrom balls and the lot, he troubled the batsmen with his variations. He promptly got his first wicket in his second over. Gaurav bowled playing down the wrong line. Sharvesh and Akshay soon followed and his figures read 3 for 5 in 4 overs at one point. With another recovery act needed, Hrishi joined Jatin in the middle. The lower order has bailed us out enough times this season and the hope of a big score was still there. Both batsmen scored boundaries regularly and kept the strike rotating. Special mention should be given to their running between the wickets on a hot day. Hrishi finally got out in the 41st over after a well made 43. Their partnership yielded 95 runs.  Jatin, who scored a fluent 50 that included 3 huge sixes, followed immediately. There was a minor collapse at the end and the team was bowled out for 192 with 4 balls left. The aforementioned Malinda taking 5 wickets.

Century’s innings had to start immediately as the lunch was not at the ground yet. There is definitely something about a mini session when the batsmen know that there is a break in play coming. Our new ball bowlers took advantage of that in a big way. Both Vishal and Gaurav bowled beautifully and picked up 3 quick wickets in the 7 overs we had. The dangerous Asela got going after the break with a few boundaries. But it was short lived as CP bowled an excellent over and picked up his wicket. Malinda, now with the bat, came in and along with Nishanta consolidated the innings. When the latter got out in the 22nd over to Prateek, the score was 80 and we were firmly in control. The incoming batsman, Pulasthi, had other ideas and was attacking from the start. The wides didn’t help our cause either as we gave 23 of them. Vishal tried to break the partnership with bowling changes but there was no success. The pair of Pulasthi and Malinda, with an unbeaten 113 run partnership clearly outplayed us on the day and won the game with 7 overs to spare. Pulasthi finished with 55 and Malinda with 61 to go with his 5 wickets.

Man of the match – Jatin Aneja for his gritty knock (53 runs) to help SDCC2 post a fighting total

Overall, a fantastic season for the team comes to an end. 9 wins out of 11 games is an excellent return. Next up for SDCC is the playoffs.

Go SDCC!

2015 Division 2: Game 8 Result – SDCC1 lost to Pasadena 2 by 6 wickets

August 26, 2015 Leave a comment

Below is the brief report between SDCC2 v/s Pasadena 2 game at CSP ground on August 16, 2015.

Brief Report:

SDCC2 won the toss and elected to bat.

SDCC1 – 204/9 in 45 overs (Raj 48*, Kumar 41, Varma 35)

lost to

Pasadena 2 – 206/4 in 25.3 overs (Vijay 2/36, Amit 1/1, Raj 1/25)

by 1 wicket.

Scorecard can be found on the URL below:

Scorecard

Match Report:

San Diego1 after a long break had a home game against Pasadena 2 at CSP.  San Diego1 lost the toss and was sent to Bat. With consistent start by the openers all season, Kumar and Ganga started the inns but lost quick wicket for 27/1. Varma joined kumar at the crease to start building the partnership. With run rate being slow Kumar started playing aggressive short scoring boundaries, but couldn’t do that for long time. Kumar got out giving catch at point after scoring 41 runs with team score of 91//2. Anwaar Ahmad left arm spiner for Pasadena 2 bowled excellent turning the ball from good length choking San Diego1 batsmen and falling victim for his bowling. By end of his spell he had 5 wickets for 32 runs leaving Sandiego struggling at 133/8. Rajinder Ghai and Sourab played excellent to stabilize the inns, Sourab playing anchor and Rajinder Ghai scoring boundaries consistently. Rajinder Ghai scoring Six of last ball of the inns was short of 2 runs for his half century and putting San Diego1 with  fight score of 204/9.

Pasadena2 with target of 205 had no doubts in there mind coming how to attach. Nitin Shere top score of the team was in the crease with Anwaar Ahmad. Anwaar showing his skills with ball already was waiting to show his skills with bat. First ball of the inns was hit over midwicket for six followed by 3 boundaries in the first over. Skipper of Sandiego1 want to control damage by slowing down the pace by introducing spin. Nitin on the crease just didnt want to slow down the pace scoring boundaries 2 fours and 2 sixers of the second over. The tone was set for both batsmen at crease. With score being 53 in three over Vijay was bought in to bowl 4th over. Vijay got Anwaar wicket giving SanDiego 1 to regroup and control damage control. The new batsmen Syed Bohkari gave a chance in 5th over with was dropped. After this both batsmen kept attaching giving lot more chances to get them out, but Sandiego1 was sloppy on field dropping all opportunities. Nitin have scoring 96 runs gave a catch to Nishad of Rajinder Ghai bowling. But the damage was already done. Pasadena 1 comfortably chased with 6 wickets in hand in 25.3 overs.

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

August 10, 2015 Leave a comment

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)

beat

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:

Scorecard

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.

Go SDCC!

2015 Division 1 Game 9 Result: SDCC2 beat Colts by 4 wickets

July 27, 2015 Leave a comment

Below is the brief report between SDCC2 v/s Colts game at Woodley ground on July 25, 2015.

Brief Report:

SDCC2 won the toss and elected to field.

Colts – 167/9 in 45 overs (Vishal 2/26, Raju 2/33, Gaurav 2/33, Jatin 1/26, Jogi 1/19)

lost to

SDCC2 – 168/6 in 42.5 overs (Akash 62, Gaurav 53)

by 4 wickets.

Scorecard can be found on the URL below:

Scorecard

Match Report:

Author: Sridhar Ranganathan

San Diego won the toss and no hesitation in bowling first. We have been successful chasing and it was a good decision to stick to our strengths.

Vishal and Gaurav opened the bowling for us. Vishal was as usual very accurate with well thought out fields. Vishal was unfortunate in his first over when catch went down at mid on. Gaurav, opening the bowling again this season, was swinging the ball out so beautifully. He made the batsmen reach out and made them play. He was quickly rewarded with a wicket of the opener – again the ball moving out and easing the bat to the keeper. Luckily the dropped catch did not cost the team. Atul joined Kalyan and unfortunately for the team, Atul’s catch was dropped too off Vishal’s bowling – this time at point. Gaurav in the mean time kept one end tight until the end of the Power-play although he was unlucky a couple of LBW shouts did not go his way. Kalyan and Atul batted sensibly playing our bowlers out. They got to 57/1 in the 18th over. Jogi was introduced to bowl and immediately the batsmen tried to break the shackles. When they did that they found themselves in trouble again thanks to a brilliant one-handed catch at slip by Vishal off Jogi. Atul was out. At the break the team went in at 61/2 in 19 overs. We were going through the overs at the speed of light – a terrific improvement in our over rates.

In the second session, Jatin and Raju were brilliant beginning the session with 3 consecutive maidens. Jatin bowled beautifully and had solid control over his line and length. The pressure these bowlers created worked in SDCC2’s favor. Raju immediately got the ball to kick off the pitch with his outswinger and got Saqib out for a duck! Out fielding significantly improved beyond the first break – Pintu made up for a lost opportunity earlier by effecting a stunning run out. He dived for the ball, stopped it and in quick motion threw the ball to bowler where Vishal on his follow through went behind the stumps, collected the ball to get their set batsman Kalyan out for 43. It was a classic dismissal. Sujesh and Rohit never got going and got out pretty cheap. Ram took a blinder of a catch at gully to get Rohit out. However, Ajay and vikas got together and strung in a good partnership. Bowling changes during the course of the game was timely as bowlers were fresh and focussed when bowling in hot weather. SDCC2 fielders made it very difficult for them to score quickly. The runs were hard to come by thanks to great fielding by the in fielders. Akash was simply superb on the field saving at least 10 runs for SDCC2. They eventually labored along to 167/9 in 45 overs.

Our bowling was incredible – everyone chipped in with their share of wickets and kept the lines very tight. We have been doing this throughout the season and it should not be surprising to other teams why we are the best bowling unit in the league. In spite of the hot weather conditions, our fielders toiled hard and ensured we restricted them. Had we taken those few catches that went down, we might have gotten them under 120.

Our batting started with a jolt – Sridhar and Akshay getting out cheaply. But Gaurav and Akash batted with immense maturity. Akash was showing his class with his positive footwork and solid defense. Gaurav was ticking the scorecard. Both the batsmen ran quick between the wickets and the heat did not play any part at all in the way they batted. They made a 113 run partnership and took the team to safety. They had ensured Colts had no way of getting back into this game. We lost 3 quick wickets towards the end which is something we need to work on, but Hrishi ensured he was there till end to ensure we got the W.

Kudos to Ritu and Daivee for coming out and supporting the team. Ritu also scored the first 10 overs for SDCC2 when we were batting. Thank you ladies for the support!!!

San Diego cruised home by 4 wickets. A win very well deserved and we outplayed them in all the departments of the game.

Man of the match – Gaurav Khillon for his all round performance (53 runs, 2 wickets and a catch)

We controlled the game well throughout with our bowling, batting and fielding. There were 3 area of improvements from last game which we can get better in.

1. Cut down the extras – We gave 20 wides which is a bit too much,

2. Catching, and

3. Finishing off the game especially when batsmen are set.

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

Go SDCC!

2015 Division 1: Game 8 Result – SDCC2 beat Cosmos by 1 wicket

June 29, 2015 Leave a comment

Below is the brief report between SDCC2 v/s Cosmos game at CSP ground on June 28, 2015.

Brief Report:

SDCC2 won the toss and elected to field.

Cosmos – 213/7 in 45 overs (Gaurav 2/17, Jatin 2/45, Vishal 1/18, Raju P 1/32, Jogi 1/42)

lost to

SDCC2 – 214/9 in 44.5 overs (Hrishikesh 45, Sridhar 34, Jatin 23, Sharvesh 21, CP 21*)

by 1 wicket.

Scorecard can be found on the URL below:

Scorecard

Match Report:

Author: Vishal Upadhyay

On a warm humid day, SDCC2 won the toss and they elected to field.

Arjunan and Abhimanyu opened the innings for Cosmos ready to face the swing of Vishal and pace of CP. First couple of overs, Cosmos were 13/0 before Vishal struck for SDCC2. The ball swung in and went under the bat of Abhimanyu who was charging down the wicket to get clean bowled. Gurpreet joined Arjunan and they began to build a small little partnership. Vishal missed a run out chance of Gurpreet when he could not collect the ball properly. A missed chance for SDCC2. After the first 8 overs, Cosmos were 32/1. Vishal made a double change bring Raju and Jatin. Both bowled beautifully not giving any runs away. Arjunan trying to break the shackles went after Jatin to be caught by Gaurav at backward point. Ali Mukadam also got out caught behind to a beauty from Jatin which kicked up from short of length. Cosmos score reading 46/3 in 16 overs at first break. Shafi and Gurpreet began consolidating the innings again and they reached 80 in the 27th over when Raju got Gurpreet to edge to Vishal at second slip. Cosmos score read 90/4 in 30 overs with clearly SDCC2 on top. Amin joined Shafi in the middle. Being both left handers, Vishal brought himself back into the attack, but they played very sensibly not to lose a wicket at that moment. After the Batting PP, Cosmos were 125/4 in 35 overs. Cosmos changed the batting gears and started belting SDCC2 bowlers all over the park. Ali and Amin batted superbly. SDCC2 bowled well but could not contain them. None of the bowling changes were working for SDCC2. In the 44th over, finally Jogi got the breakthrough when Ali tried to clear long off but was caught nicely by Deepak. Gaurav bowled the final over for SDCC2 claiming Amin caught brilliantly by CP at Long off. Cosmos ended up with a formidable total of 213/7 in 45 overs.

For Cosmos, Ali and Amin were brilliant in their batting approach and it is something that we can learn and keep working on for our growth in the game.

Few things that came out was after the bowling effort was that we gave lot of extras which is something bowlers can improve on in the future games. Fielding and Catching on the field was exceptional.

SDCC2 began their chase with Deepak and Sridhar opening. Deepak got out in the 3rd over trying to force a shot caught at 2nd slip. Score reading 11/1 in 3. In-form Askhay joined Sridhar and as soon as partnership was developing, Akshay got a peach of a ball and was clean bowled. Score reading 28/2 in the 7th over. Gaurav and Sridhar then began consolidating with Sri taking the senior role giving time to Gaurav to settle. Sri was unfortunate that a ball kicked off the length and he edged it. Sri batted very positive for his 34. Score reading 58/3 in 14 overs Sharvesh joined Gaurav and they began to work the balls in the gaps and rotating the strike. Unfortunately, both of them got out lbw’s in gap of 3 runs. From 93/3, SDCC2 were 96/5 in 27 overs. Jatin and Hrishi, both new at the crease started one of the key partnerships of this game. They scored 46 runs in approximately 9 overs and that is what SDCC2 exactly needed. Again the ball kicked up and Jatin edged to the keeper for a well-made 23. Jogi joined the well set Hrishi and now the time was to support Hrishi as he was middling every ball and looking compact and solid. Jogi scored 12 off 6 before he got out. Unfortunately for the team, Jogi’s bat got stuck while playing the shot and ball lobbed at extra cover. Score reading 165/7 in 37.5 overs. Vishal joined Hrishi when the equation was 49 runs needed in 43 balls. A very poor and an irresponsible shot by Vishal meant SDCC2 was in deep trouble. 170/8 in 38.4 overs. SDCC2 needing 44 runs in 38 balls. Hrishi was well set and CP was looking good as well, when Hrishi decided to get himself run out. The way he was batting, we believed that was the only way Hrishi was going to be out in the game. He scored a brilliant 45 off 41 balls. Bad news was SDCC2 were 183/9 in 40.2 overs. SDCC2 still needed 31 off 28 balls. Raju and CP – the BOLTS duo – started in a typical fashion which meant running hard between the wickets and keep rotating the strike. CP was brilliant in his approach when he took calculated risks by dancing down the ground to the spinner to hit 2 sixers. On both occasions, ball was not be found. Raju batted brilliantly by rotating strikes to CP. 

Equation came down to 14 off 12 balls with Raju P on strike.

Over 44 (bowled by Nadir Malik)

Dot (14 off 11)

Dot  (14 off 10)

Single (13 off 9)

Dot (13 off 8)

6 (7 off 7)

Single (6 off 6)

Over 45 (bowled by Jafar Naqvi):

Wide (5 off 6)

Dot (5 off 5)

Single (4 off 4)

Single (3 off 3)

Single (2 off 2)

2 runs – We WON by 1 wicket!!

Unbeaten 31 runs partnership by CP and Raju P was simply superb (although we all were very nervous and stuck to our places watching them and cheering every run they ran and every 6 CP hit).

Man of the Match – Hrishikesh Unni for his brilliant batting display (45 off 41) and Pradeep Chellu for delivering the win for the team under pressure (21* off 16). Both also took a catch each.

This win was only possible by us as we all showed a great team effort!!! We were down, but not out of the game at several phases of the game, but the entire team displayed a strong character and the will power to earn this win and we DID it.

Go SDCC!