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The CouchExpert Staff

5th May, 2013

Match: ACT versus CITI

Venue: CECG, Bangalore






In what was easily the most thrilling game of the competition thus far the game’s fortunes fluctuated wildly in the second half of the innings that would put a Russian science fiction novel to shame. A game of many shades – of the brash confidence and bravado in chasing in a low total in a trifle to the scare and fear of choking. There were all shades of anger, all tastes of frustration and all shapes of faces: the long ones in disappointment and wide-eyed-almost-eye-ball-popping-out ones in disbelief and ones with grins from ear to ear. This was easily the most satisfying of the games of the tournament for the neutral.


Kranthi had a great game with bat and ball. He also led astutely in the field.

The most inconsistent and most mercurial of the teams in the tournament, CITI, decided that this would be the day when they bowled and fielded at their best. It started with the wiry sharp left-arm quickie Srikanth bringing one sharply back into Vinay in the very first over to have him trapped in front – his usual customary wicket in the first over.

Kranthi was on cue with his changes, field placement and even with his bowling today as all he touched turned to gold. ACT sought to rebuild with Sharath playing a measured innings. Kranthi though would have none of it as he sent Sharath and Deepak first ball in the 9th over as the ACT innings stalled.

Bharath though stylishly pulled a six over square-leg to announce his intentions. Niket, Naresh, Rehamathullah all had good days with the ball as ACT struggled to make pace off the wicket that continued to play slow through the weekend. ACT struggled to string any partnership of notice nor did they get any impetus to pull them out of the run. In the end ACT’s innings finished on 114 in the 20 overs, largely helped by Ajay’s unbeaten 35 towards the end.

CITI came out all guns blazing with Varun looking to go after Shankar and Paddy in the first few overs. The runs came in torrents though CITI lost Niket cheaply. Varun took to the ACT bowlers as 40 came in the first 4 overs. Kranthi continued his good batting form in the tournament as he looked at ease against everything ACT threw at him.

Sharath quickly moved to the theory that has held him in good stead all through the tournament – slow bowlers. Thomas had Varun stumped in the 5th over. CITI promoted their big hitter Srikanth in an effort to knock off the runs quickly.

Bharath's 4 for 20 all but won the game for ACT

Bharath’s 4 for 20 all but won the game for ACT

Srikanth perished to a steepling catch and then the spinners truly brought ACT back into the game. Bharath with his nagging off-breaks continued to stifle CITI’s batsmen who seemed to be torn between achieving the victory and achieving it rapidly. The dilemma would soon cause a jolt that would have their batsmen in a freeze. Thomas, Ajay and Shitu contributing handsomely as the scoring came to a grinding halt.

Wickets fell and attempted big hits found fielders accepting chances gleefully. The dismissal of Kranthi compounded matters for CITI as they seemed to lack a cool head in the middle to guide the chase. Winning with overs to spare was now a long forgotten as nails were chewed with 7 needed for win in the last over.

Paddy bowled the last over amid mad scrambling for non-existent singles and twos and wild grabs from the fielding side in the hope of finding a run out. It boiled down to CITI needing 2 runs off the last ball. There was a bit of gamesmanship with Paddy warning the non-striker not to leave the crease before he delivered the ball more than once. It built the climax to a crescendo as Manish swung at a length ball on the stumps from Paddy for it to find the mid-wicket fence.

It set off wild celebrations in the CITI camp as the victory ensured that they still remained with a chance of winning the competition.

Sharath was forlorn but proud of his boys and he said as much in the post-match ceremony when he declared, “I am proud to be leading this bunch. Our batting has been a disappointment in this tournament, but our fighting spirit has been sensational.”

Kranthi agreed to being stumped by the number of slow bowling options that ACT had. “Had I known they had so many slow bowlers I would not have promoted Srikanth up the order. It almost cost us the game in the end.”

Brief Scores

114 in 2o overs (Ajay 35 not out, Bharath 16, Kranthi 2/17) lost to CITI 114/9 in 20 overs (Kranthi 35, Bharath 4/20) by 1 wicket

Post match ceremony

Part I


Part II


Performer of the Match: Kranthi.

Match Result: CITI defeated ACT by 1 wicket

Points: CITI(2) ACT (0)

The CouchExpert Staff

4th May, 2013

Match: AMD versus ACT

Venue: CECG, Bangalore





In a game that would set the trend for the entire weekend for low-scoring games, MCC batted first and Guna and Shankar got off to a good start going steadily at run-a-ball through the power play. Paddy kept a check on the scoring tucking the batsmen for room by ducking the ball back into the right-handed openers. He was supported well by Shankar from the other end with a tight spell of his own.

Thomas too kept the runrate in check as MCC struggled to break the shackles even though they were not losing wickets. A game of cat-and-mouse continued till MCC decided to throw in their most dynamic batsman in Prasad at the fall of the second wicket in the 10th over.

The wicket was slow and Sharath picked up the cue by bringing in Bharath, Rohit and Shitu into the attack to slow down the pace and it worked like a charm as MCC lost wickets in an attempt to up the runrate.


At 86 for 5 in the 15th over, the innings seemed to be heading towards self-kill before Arun steadied the ship for MCC with a measured partnership with Bhargav. Arun’s 30 not out helped MCC eventually put up a fighting total of 133 on a tough wicket.

Venu's spell of 4-0-8-3 was crucial in setting up a 10-run victory for MCC

Venu’s spell of 4-0-8-3 was crucial in setting up a 10-run victory for MCC

ACT were coming off a brilliant chase versus ODW just a few days ago. They lost their aggressive and in form opener Vinay in the third over followed by captain Sharath in the 4th over. MCC’s new ball pair of Guna and Chethan bowled tight lines as the ACT top order struggled to cope with the lack of pace in the wicket.

Bharath walked in with his team struggling at 19 for 3 and found his feet immediately. He was fluent in his little innings and looked set to dominate the bowling while Paddy scratched around for 21-ball 9 at the other end. Venu came in to scalp the crucial wicket of Bharath in the 10th over to even the scales again.

The match see-sawed in the last quarter of the game with P Mathur and Thomas holding the MCC bowlers at bay with a good partnership for the 7th wicket. Momentum seemed to be with ACT as 16 were needed in the last 3 overs. Thomas was run out in the 18th over and MCC built on that pressure and some tremendous death over bowling by Venu to push ACT back gradually.

Venu’s four overs cost him a mere 8 runs while he picked up 3 wickets in the bargain. It is quite remarkable that three of those four overs were bowled in the 16th, 18th and 20th overs of the innings.

His spell played the most pivotal role in MCC winning the game eventually by 10 runs.

Scoring patterns for the two teams:


Full Scorecard

1st Inning Batting: MMavericks Cricket Club, MCC

                                                   R     B     4's    6's    SR
Shankar b Rohit                                    26    25    4      0      104.0

Gunashekar b Thomas                                17    17    3      0      100.0

Syed lbw b Shitu                                   14    23    2      0      60.87

Prasad run out (P Mathur)                          5     10    0      0      50.0

Bhargav c Rohit b Thomas                           15    16    0      0      93.75

Chetan c Shitu b Bharath                           3     5     0      0      60.0

Arun not out                                       30    22    4      0      136.36

Venugopal not out                                  1     2     0      0      50.0

Extras(w 18, b 1, lb 3) 22

Total (6 wickets; 20.0 overs)                      133                       6.65 RPO

Did Not Bat: 
Suman, S S, P C

Fall of Wicket: 37-1 ( Gunashekar 5.3 ov ), 64-2 ( Shankar 9.4 ov ), 81-3 ( Prasad 12.2 ov ), 81-4 ( Syed 12.3 ov ), 86-5 ( Chetan 13.3 ov ), 122-6 ( Bhargav 18.4 ov )

1st Inning Bowling: Alliance Cricket Team, ACT

                                                   O     M    R    W    EC     AV     EX
Paddy                                              4.0   0    19   0    4.75   -      (w 2)

Shankar                                            3.0   0    22   0    7.33   -      (w 4)

Thomas                                             4.0   0    31   2    7.75   15.50      

Rohit                                              2.0   0    19   1    9.50   19.00  (w 3)

Shitu                                              3.0   0    16   1    5.33   16.00  (w 3)

Bharath                                            4.0   0    22   1    5.50   22.00      


2nd Inning Batting: Alliance Cricket Team, ACT

                                                   R     B     4's    6's    SR
Vinay c Chetan b Chetan                            8     9     1      0      88.89

Paddy b Arun                                       9     21    1      0      42.86

Sharat b Gunashekar                                0     1     0      0      0.0

Deepak c Syed b Gunashekar                         4     2     1      0      200.0

Bharath c Syed b Venugopal                         28    21    4      0      133.33

Ajay run out (Suman)                               12    11    2      0      109.09

P Mathur run out (Syed)                            19    32    1      0      59.38

Thomas run out (Prasad)                            20    17    3      0      117.65

Shankar c Syed b Venugopal                         1     3     0      0      33.33

Rohit c Gunashekar b Venugopal                     1     2     0      0      50.0

Shitu not out                                      1     2     0      0      50.0

Extras(w 17, nb 1, b 1, lb 1) 20

Total (10 wickets; 20.0 overs)                     123                       6.15 RPO

Did Not Bat: 

Fall of Wicket: 14-1 ( Vinay 2.3 ov ), 15-2 ( Sharat 3.1 ov ), 19-3 ( Deepak 3.3 ov ), 57-4 ( Paddy 8.4 ov ), 59-5 ( Bharath 9.4 ov ), 82-6 ( Ajay 12.5 ov ), 118-7 ( Thomas 17.4 ov ), 121-8 ( P Mathur 19.1 ov ), 122-9 ( Shankar 19.3 ov ), 123-10 ( Rohit 19.6 ov )

2nd Inning Bowling: MMavericks Cricket Club, MCC

                                                   O     M    R    W    EC     AV     EX
Chetan                                             4.0   0    29   1    7.25   29.00  (w 5)

Gunashekar                                         4.0   0    22   2    5.50   11.00  (w 1)

Arun                                               4.0   0    22   1    5.50   22.00  (w 1)

Venugopal                                          4.0   0    8    3    2.00   2.67       

Suman                                              1.0   0    12   0    12.00  -      (w 3)

Prasad                                             2.0   0    16   0    8.00   -      (w 1)

Bhargav                                            1.0   0    12   0    12.00  -      (w 1, nb 1)


Post match ceremony


Performer of the Match: Venugopal.


Match Result: MCC defeated ACT by 10 runs

Points: MCC (2) ACT (0)

The CouchExpert Staff

After another exciting Sunday where 4 of the 6 teams were in action, ACT and ODW have moved out of title contention where as the remaining 4 are very much with a chance.

CITI notched up their 2nd successive win after a thrilling 1-wicket win in a last ball finish over ACT. Their negative run-rate means they need a big win and also need others to lose quite badly to be with a chance of finishing on top. MCC’s comfortable 7-wicket win over ODW has put them 2 points clear of WIPRO and AMD, who have 1 game less than them.

With 4 matches left in the competition, 4 teams can still finish on top. ODW and ACT can still ruin the dreams for those 4 teams.

Team Standings Round 4a

The CouchExpert Staff

CITI upset the apple cart by toppling table toppers at end of Round 2 WIPRO to throw the tournament wide open. Victories for AMD and MCC has meant WIPRO, MCC and AMD are equal on points (4) with Wipro ahead on net run-rate.

CITI’s win has lifted them off the bottom as they move to 5th position nudging ODW on better net run-rate. With only 2 points separating the six teams, theoretically all six teams are with a mathematical chance of winning the title should they win their remaining two games and results of other games go in their favour.

As the tournament enters the penultimate Sunday of the competition, here is the points table after round 3.

Team Standings Round 3

The CouchExpert Staff

1st May, 2013

Match: AMD versus One Day Wonders (ODW)

Venue: CECG, Bangalore

Toss: ODW won the toss and elected to field.



ODW (left) and AMD (right)

With CITI toppling WIPRO in the earlier game, winner of this game was to join WIPRO on top of the table, equal on points. With the potential pole position on offer, there was much at stake as Swayam won the toss and ODW elected to field.

Prashanth's 59 not out helped AMD reach 162

Prashanth’s 59 not out helped AMD reach 162

Prashanth pushed himself down the order and sent Viswajeet to open with Karthik. It seemed to be a masterstroke as Viswajeet tore into the ODW bowling straight away. Vikas joined Viswajeet after Karthik fell early and the both seemed to be in  hurry scoring at nearly 10 an over in the first 5 overs.

Viswajeet got out after looking set for  big innings. It brought captain Prashanth to the middle and he gave tremendous support to Vikas who looked in fine nick at the other end. Vikas was particularly strong square of the wicket on both sides and raced to 38 0ff 30 balls before he was undone by Ajit. By then 100 for the team was up in the 12th over.

The scoring slowed down a bit as Rudra and Ajit bowled tidily. They were backed by Jyoti as the scoring was briefly reduced to a trickle, almost standstill. But Prashanth held firm even after losing Piyush and Kiran and set about pushing his team beyond 150 with the help of Lohith.


Prashanth soon brought up his fifty and pushed AMD’s eventual score to 162. ODW’s bowling was largely lackluster and captain Swayam took the blame upon himself. He said, “I usually bowl tidily. Today I was not able to do that in the powerplay overs or the end overs. 162 was a bit bight on this ground.”

The the law of averages soon caught up with Melvin as he was out second ball after two fabulous innings in the last two matches. Srikant though, coming on the back of two successive ducks, smashed three of his first four deliveries for boundaries. Rakesh was out as his powerful straight drive was gobbled up on his follow through by Kiran.

Srikant was out bowled as the ball rolled off his body on the stumps

Srikant was out bowled as the ball rolled off his body on the stumps

Tej joined Srikant and the two were involved in a tremendous 3rd wicket partnership. The pair relied on boundary hitting and less on running between the wickets. Soon boundaries were common place. Tej and Srikant even helped themselves to a six each as they motored along at over 7 an over. The chase seemed well under control with the score nearing 100 in just over 12 overs.

Then disaster struck.

Srikant missed a short ball as he moved outside off-stump to pull it to square-leg. The ball hit is person and lobbed up and rolled back on to the stumps to give Prashanth and AMD a very welcome breakthrough. The 69-run 3rd wicket partnership had come in 59 deliveries and Srikant was out for 49.

Jyoti came and went. As did Swayam and Kokan. In a spell of 9 balls, Lohith had broken the game open with a spell of 4 for 3. From then on there was no way back for ODW.

“We are a team of medium pacers. I am the only spinner. My job is to keep the run-rate down and also to speed up the over rate,” said a delighted Prashanth at the end of the game. Lohith had come good with the ball after his match winning heroics with the bat in the last game. And with Viswajeeth and Vikas back among runs, AMD look good to fare well in their remaining two games as well.

Scoring patterns for the two teams:


Full Scorecard

1st Inning Batting: AMD, AMD

                                                   R     B     4's    6's    SR
Karthik c Suresh b Melvin                          4     5     1      0      80.0

Viswajeet c Rudra b Melvin                         27    20    4      1      135.0

Vikas c Swayam b Ajit                              38    30    5      0      126.67

Prashanth not out                                  59    48    4      1      122.92

Kiran c Srikant b Ajit                             0     2     0      0      0.0

Piyush b Rudra                                     3     4     0      0      75.0

Lohith not out                                     10    13    1      0      76.92

Extras(w 10, nb 2, b 9) 21

Total (5 wickets; 20.0 overs)                      162                       8.10 RPO

Did Not Bat: 
Srinivas, Arun, Ravi, C M

Fall of Wicket: 12-1 ( Karthik 1.1 ov ), 53-2 ( Viswajeet 5.4 ov ), 100-3 ( Vikas 11.2 ov ), 112-4 ( Kiran 13.4 ov ), 126-5 ( Piyush 15.3 ov )

1st Inning Bowling: One Day Wonders, ODW

                                                   O     M    R    W    EC     AV     EX
Srikant                                            3.0   0    20   0    6.67   -      (w 2)

Melvin                                             3.0   0    28   2    9.33   14.00  (nb 1)

Jyoti                                              4.0   0    27   0    6.75   -      (w 1)

Swayam                                             3.0   0    38   0    12.67  -      (w 2, nb 1)

Ajit                                               4.0   0    23   2    5.75   11.50  (w 2)

Rudra                                              3.0   0    17   1    5.67   17.00  (w 2)


2nd Inning Batting: One Day Wonders, ODW

                                                   R     B     4's    6's    SR
Melvin c C M b Kiran                               0     2     0      0      0.0

Srikant b Prashanth                                49    38    4      1      128.95

Rakesh c Kiran b Kiran                             5     8     0      0      62.5

Tej b Lohith                                       30    29    4      1      103.45

Jyoti c Viswajeet b Lohith                         1     4     0      0      25.0

Swayam b Lohith                                    4     7     0      0      57.14

Kokan b Lohith                                     6     5     1      0      120.0

Arvind lbw b C M                                   7     10    0      0      70.0

Aseesh lbw b Prashanth                             2     4     0      0      50.0

Ajit run out (Piyush)                              8     7     0      0      114.29

Rudra not out                                      1     1     0      0      100.0

Extras(w 9, nb 1, b 2, lb 2) 14

Total (10 wickets; 19.0 overs)                     127                       6.68 RPO

Did Not Bat: 

Fall of Wicket: 0-1 ( Melvin 0.2 ov ), 25-2 ( Rakesh 2.3 ov ), 94-3 ( Srikant 12.2 ov ), 95-4 ( Jyoti 13.1 ov ), 96-5 ( Tej 13.5 ov ), 106-6 ( Swayam 15.1 ov ), 109-7 ( Kokan 15.4 ov ), 112-8 ( Aseesh 16.5 ov ), 125-9 ( Ajit 18.3 ov ), 127-10 ( Arvind 18.6 ov )

2nd Inning Bowling: AMD, AMD

                                                   O     M    R    W    EC     AV     EX
Kiran                                              3.0   0    24   2    8.00   12.00  (w 3)

Lohith                                             4.0   0    24   4    6.00   6.00   (w 3)

Ravi                                               4.0   0    22   0    5.50   -          

Arun                                               2.0   0    13   0    6.50   -      (w 1)

Prashanth                                          4.0   0    23   2    5.75   11.50  (w 1, nb 1)

Karthik                                            1.0   0    12   0    12.00  -          

Chetan M                                           1.0   0    5    1    5.00   5.00

Full match report with individual performance details

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Performer of the Match: Prashanth.


Match Result: AMD defeated ODW by 35 runs

Points: AMD (2) ODW (0)