TCE Sunday League T20: CITI beat WIPRO by 5 runs to throw open the tournament

Posted: May 3, 2013 by The CouchExpert in Club Cricket, Cricket, TCE Sunday League T20
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The CouchExpert Staff

1st May, 2013

Match: WIPRO versus CITI

Venue: CECG, Bangalore

Toss: WIPRO won the toss and elected to field.

Teams:

CITI (left) and WIPRO (right)

CITI (left) and WIPRO (right)

It was expected to the David versus Goliath show as table toppers Wipro took on table lagers CITI who had yet to register a victory in the competition. WIPRO put in a team without their captain and their team regulars Mohammed Aameer, Karthik BR and Mohit. “We are a young team and we also have an eye out for the future,” said the stand in captain Srikanth explaining the many changes in his team.

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Manish about to be stumped by Anand Pati. Patil accounted for 5 dismissals behind the stumps.

CITI, though, looked sharp from the outset looking to make up for a close defeat versus AMD in the last game. The intent was obvious as Varun drove Pruthvi for a six over covers in the first over. Niket drilled a boundary as well as 16 runs came in the first over.

Then a brain freeze as Varun was run out. The very impressive wicket-keeper of WIPRO, Anand Patil, standing was up to the new ball bowlers to prevent the batsmen from stepping out. It seemed to be one of the factors weighing in the minds of the batsmen that led to a misjudgement in the form of going for a non-existent single.

CITI’s captain Kranthi pushed him up the order for second game running to steady the ship and calm the nerves. Kranthi looked solid even as Pruthvi and Sri Harsha recovered from their poor first overs to bowl frugal second overs. Niket looked to break free and tried to hit out against Sri Harsha. The result being a boundary before he nicked Sri Harsha behind the stumps the very next ball.

Kranthi kept up the run-rate with crisp drives and deft back-cuts even as wickets fell around him. Naveen and Vinayak came and went. When Srikanth joined Kranthi, the run-rate was over 7. The pair looked to accelerate with Srikanth looking to go after the bowling while Kranthi looked to play the sheet anchor.

Manhatten_citi_vs_wipro

Then began the Anand Patil show with reflexes rivaling the swiftest going around. He stumped Kranthi off Bharath. He had pouched the ball and whipped off the bails before Kranthi could even turn around after missing a leg-break.

The battle between the batsmen and Anand Patil was the highlight of the morning with the sinewy Patil pouncing on every opportunity. A half-raised foot was death for the batsmen. Over balancing was hara kiri. The cat and mouse game between him and the batsmen pulled Wipro back in to the game as he accounted for three others with his lightning fast reflexes.

Srikath's big hitting tool CITI to 150.

Srikath’s big hitting tool CITI to 150.

But Srikanth kept fort for CITI with tremendous power hitting. His six straight travelled 75 meters hardly rising 30-feet above the ground. Such was his power as he overwhelmed Wipro’s bowling in the end overs and took his team to a par total of 150 with his 56.

The benching of regular openers meant Wipro opened with a new pair in the form of Sailesh and Vikram Gowda. Soon, lack of understanding between the two resulted in Vikram being run out. Rahamathullah struggled to plug the runs from his end even as Srikanth followed up his fifty with an outstanding first spell of 3-0-9-0. Sailesh kept the CITI bowlers at bay with regular boundaries.

Kranthi brought in Niket in the power play overs to plug the run-rate and the move paid off handsomely with Niket accounting for Deexank in the 5th over. The tide had fully turned in favour of CITI when Niket accounted for the very dangerous Sailesh in his second over.

Kranthi brought himself back to account for his counterpart Srikanth to leave Wipro tottering at 61/4 in the 10th over. It looked an uphill task chasing 90 in the last 10 with CITI bowling and fielding better than they had done in their previous games.

With Naresh struggling for control, Wipro batted themselves back in to the game with sound partnerships: firstly between Vinay and Pruthvi and then between Pruthvi and Bharath. Both Vinay and Pruthvi were severe on any short balls, which were many, that were on offer.

When Rahamathullah castled Vinay in the 16th over, 48 runs were needed in 29 balls. The momentum now with Wirpo with the previous partnership and Pruthvi looking rather good, a close finish was on the cards. Bharath joined Pruthvi and the pair plundered runs as Krathi tried to play around with the 2 key overs he had left – one each from Niket and Srikanth.

Srikanth was brought back with 27 needed in the last 2 overs. It was perhaps going to be the over that decided which way the game went. Pruthvi and Bharath took 15 runs off his last over to set-up a last over finish. 12 needed in 6 deliveries. Kranthi turned to Naresh who had struggled till then.

Naresh bowled a top over bowling to his straight fields. The resulting four singles and a two were never going to be enough to take WIPRO home as CITI registered their first win.

Scoring patterns for the two teams:

Wagonwheel_citi_vs_wipro

Full Scorecard

1st Inning Batting: CITI, CITI

                                                   R     B     4's    6's    SR
Varun b Harsha                                     7     6     0      1      116.67

Niket c A Patil b Harsha                           9     6     2      0      150.0

Kranti st A Patil b Bharath D                      28    36    4      0      77.78

Naveen c V Gowda b Pruthi                          3     5     0      0      60.0

Vinayak c V Gowda b Bharath D                      10    10    1      0      100.0

Srikanth st A Patil b Vinay K S                    56    34    8      1      164.71

Manish st A Patil b Sailesh                        8     18    0      0      44.44

Rehamathullah run out (Harsha)                     3     4     0      0      75.0

Anurag not out                                     4     3     0      0      133.33

Naresh st A Patil b Vinay K S                      0     1     0      0      0.0

Extras(w 16, nb 3, lb 3) 22

Total (9 wickets; 20.0 overs)                      150                       7.50 RPO

Did Not Bat: 
Dheeraj, Shakeel

Fall of Wicket: 17-1 ( Varun 1.1 ov ), 30-2 ( Niket 3.2 ov ), 36-3 ( Naveen 4.4 ov ), 68-4 ( Vinayak 9.2 ov ), 84-5 ( Kranti 11.2 ov ), 102-6 ( Manish 15.3 ov ), 139-7 ( Rehamathullah 18.1 ov ), 150-8 ( Srikanth 19.5 ov ), 150-9 ( Naresh 19.6 ov )

1st Inning Bowling: WIPRO, WIPRO

                                                   O     M    R    W    EC     AV     EX
Pruthi                                             4.0   0    24   1    6.00   24.00  (w 5, nb 2)

Harsha                                             3.0   0    24   2    8.00   12.00  (w 1)

Bharath D                                          4.0   0    21   2    5.25   10.50      

Anantha                                            1.0   0    8    0    8.00   -      (w 1)

Vasanth                                            2.0   0    18   0    9.00   -      (w 2, nb 1)

V Gowda                                            2.0   0    20   0    10.00  -          

Sailesh                                            1.0   0    8    1    8.00   8.00   (w 1)

Vinay K S                                          2.0   0    15   2    7.50   7.50   (w 2)

Srikanth                                           1.0   0    9    0    9.00   -      (w 1)

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2nd Inning Batting: WIPRO, WIPRO

                                                   R     B     4's    6's    SR
V Gowda run out (Anurag)                           3     6     0      0      50.0

Sailesh lbw b Niket                                25    21    5      0      119.05

Deexank c Kranti b Niket                           9     11    2      0      81.82

Vasanth c Naresh b Niket                           10    17    0      0      58.82

Srikanth lbw b Kranti                              1     8     0      0      12.5

Vinay K S b Rehamathullah                          26    19    4      0      136.84

Pruthvi not out                                    38    26    4      0      146.15

Bharath D run out (Dheeraj)                        12    11    0      0      109.09

Harsha not out                                     1     1     0      0      100.0

Extras(w 17, lb 3) 20

Total (7 wickets; 20.0 overs)                      145                       7.25 RPO

Did Not Bat: 
A Patil, Anantha, Pruthi

Fall of Wicket: 15-1 ( V Gowda 2.2 ov ), 37-2 ( Deexank 4.4 ov ), 49-3 ( Sailesh 6.5 ov ), 61-4 ( Srikanth 9.4 ov ), 67-5 ( Vasanth 10.5 ov ), 103-6 ( V K S 15.1 ov ), 144-7 ( B D 19.5 ov )

2nd Inning Bowling: CITI, CITI

                                                   O     M    R    W    EC     AV     EX
Srikanth                                           4.0   0    24   0    6.00   -      (w 2)

Rehamathullah                                      4.0   0    32   1    8.00   32.00  (w 2)

Kranti                                             4.0   0    26   1    6.50   26.00  (w 3)

Niket                                              4.0   0    25   3    6.25   8.33   (w 1)

Anurag                                             1.0   0    6    0    6.00   -      (w 3)

Naresh                                             3.0   0    29   0    9.67   -      (w 1)

Full match report with individual performance details

You can download the pdf from here.

Post Match Discussion:

Performer of the Match: Srikanth.

Srikanth

Match Result: CITI defeated WIPRO by 5 runs

Points: CITI (2) WIPRO (0)

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