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Finals#3: Boltz (A3) versus CECC (B3)

27th August 2013 (2:30 pm  -5:30)

CECC won the toss and elected to bat

The sequence of events meant that CECC and Boltz would square off again and this time in the finals. Both teams were without its best performers from the last game – Nagaraj for Boltz and Gokul LN for CECC. And the game was reduced to 18 overs a side given the fading light conditions.

CECC batted first and their openers were off to another confident start as both Goutham and Harsha looking confident from the first delivery. Boltz responded by taking the pace off the ball and bowling spin from both ends within the powerplay. Harsha and Goutham picked off loose deliveries on offer and kept the score going above 8 an over through the powerplay overs and went past 50 easily.

Goutham looked good before he was dismissed in the 10th over with the total on 75. Harsha though kept going from strength to strength as he continued his remarkable run in the tournament with another 50. CECC kept losing wickets at the other end as Shoukath and Jobin were consumed by Sachin and Aseem. The spin attack was in full flow as it had not only slowed the runs considerably but also got wickets in clutches.

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Match wagonwheel. © The CouchExpert

Harsha falling in the 15th over further set things back for CECC and Gaurav too fell shortly thereafter. Bhargav and Gautam managed to take the total to 134 at the end of the stipulated overs to give CECC a fighting chance.

Boltz started brightly with captain Sandeep back to the top opening the innings. He got the innings off to a good start as he slammed his counterpart for a boundary in the very first over. A wide for four followed. But Goutham had Sandeep caught at slip to draw first blood off the last ball of the first over.

Bhargav followed it up with the wicket of Aseem as he trapped him in front in the next over. Sachin and Praveen made a good recovery with both looking good against some lacklusture bowling from CECC in the powerplay barring Bhargav. Gautam restored balance in the game as he had Praveen holing out to Jobin at long on.

But Sachin took it upon himself to keep knocking the runs off quickly. He maneuvered the field to pick twos and boundaries with considerable ease as CECC struggled to keep him in check. The team 50 was raised quickly, but a run out of Arun soon after kept CECC in the hunt.

The pattern followed with Sachin engineering the chase beautifully and CECC stumbling and finding ways to pick up wickets. This time Shoukath produced two wickets in two balls to send back Avinash and Vikas in two successive deliveries.

Boltz with the winners trophy. © The CouchExpert

Boltz with the winners trophy. © The CouchExpert

Sachin upped the game again as he produced another masterful innings with Krinal hogging strike. Yogi put down a crucial catch of Sachin at this stage and he took great advantage of it bringing his 50 soon after.

The game seemed lost for CECC with Krinal and Sachin putting on a good partnership for th 7th wicket. But wickets of Krinal and crucially Sachin with 8 needed for win.

But Rakesh ensured that there were no hiccups as he produced two brilliant boundaries at the end to bring Boltz the victory.

Brief scores: CECC 134/5 in 18 overs (Harsha 58 (43 b, 8X4), Goutham 33 (33 b, 3X4), Sachin 2/29, Aseem 2/35) lost to Boltz 136/8 in 16 overs (Sachin 59 (44 b, 8X4), Avinash 14 (13b, 2X4), Shoukath 3/19, Goutham 2/36) by 2 wickets

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Performer of the Match: Sachin – MVP points 25.52

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Finals#4: Unisys (A4) versus THBS (B4)

27th August 2013 (11:30 am – 2 pm)

THBS won the toss and elected to bat

Following the exciting super play finish in the earlier finals, THBS and Unisys stepped on to the field in the hope to take the winners trophy home in this finals.

THBS won the toss and elected to bat. And given that it is their bowling which has been their stronger suit it seemed a sound choice going into the big game,

Vishal opened with Arun as THBS continued to stretch their top order a bit for the second game running by batting Lalit down the order and for once it seemed to pay dividends. The openers got through the powerplay overs without any wickets though Unisys kept a tight check on the flow of runs. Murthy struck in the 7th over when he sent Vishal back.

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Match wagonwheel. © The CouchExpert

Then Kaushik sent back THBS’s player of the tournament Arun in the next over. The onus fell on the skipper Chandan to steer his shop off troubled waters and he set about doing just that in a sensible partnerhip with Dheeraj. Runs came quickly in the next 5 overs as boundaries were both conceded with daft bowling and some good strokeplay.

Dheeraj’s wicket in the 13th over set things back for THBS again as Mallikarjun weaved his magic flicking his carrom ball deliveries with remarkable accuracy. He accounted for Shreyas the next ball and forced THBS to take a cautious approach to avoid a collapse.

It ended up being a game of cat and mouse between Mallkarjun’s 4 overs in the end and Chandan trying to marshal his troops to a decent total. Chandan held firm even as the rest struggled against the guile of Mallijarjun. Chandan tried his best to make runs at the other end and pushed his team to a total closer to 130. And given their bowling form through the tournament, it was a challenging total on the board.

Unisys with the winners trophy. © The CouchExpert

Unisys with the winners trophy. © The CouchExpert

Vaibhav struck in his first over and the second of the innings to put Unisys under early pressure. But Harish was in good form continuing his run from the last game as he found boundaries. But THBS kept at the Unisys batsmen in check as the combination of Vaibhav, Dheeraj and Arun chipped away at the wickets and had knocked 3 of the wickets before the powerplay ended.

Harish and Vikram mended the innings with a little partnership that put the innings back on track and with Harish looking good to anchor the chase to a win but fell in the 10th over as THBS kept Unisys under 6 an over. Abid joined Vikram and the pair put on another crucial partnership over the next 5 overs to set up the chase beautifully.

The bowling hero Mallikarjun joined Abid with roughly 8 and over needed in the last 5. Abid maneuvered the bowing well and Mallikarjun played the aggressor as the pair chiseled away at the THBS score.

Vaibhav returned to bowl an inspiring spell sending back a well set Abid followed by the wicket of Prashanth to make the game more interesting. With 20 needed off 16 balls at the stage, THBS realistically needed to get Mallikarjun’s wicket to remain in the hunt.

As it turned out, Mallikarjun soaked the moment and the pressure well as he took his team to a memorable victory in the last over.

Brief scores: THBS 128/8 in 20 overs (Chandan 48 not out (41b, 4X4), Dheeraj 25 (18 b, 3X4, Mallikarjun 4/16) lost to Unisys 132/7 in 19.4 overs (Mallikarjun 24 not out (17 b, 3X4), Harish 23 (22b, 3X4), Vaibhav 3/22) in super over

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Performer of the Match: Mallikarjun – MVP points 24.82

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Finals#5: EMC (A5) versus Wowzers (B5)

27th August 2013 (7:30 am – 10:30 am)

EMC won the toss and elected to bowl

The finals weekend was finally upon us and the first of the finals turned out to be a cracker with a super over finish. For EMC, who dominated 90% of the game, it would be a tough defeat for EMC to digest.

Put into bat, EMC got off to a disastrous start with the ball with Sriram bowling 12 wides in the first over as Wowzers. Suresh and Muzaffer tried to make the most of wayward bowling by Jagadish and Sriram.

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Match wagonwheel. © The CouchExpert

Muzaffer was the first to go in the 4th over as Jagadish found his stride and started to cause trouble to batsmen on a consistent basis by now. Suresh, who has looked good in bursts throughout the tournament perished without converting his start into a substantial score.

Soon, Wowzers were in familiar territory with captain Ravi and Karthik looking to steer the ship. A very profligate EMC bowlers had gifted them with the cushion of extras nineteen to the dozen for them to take it easy with the runrate as the the pair ticked over the middle overs as they neared a hundred just over 12 overs.

Wowzers with the winners trophy. © The CouchExpert

Wowzers with the winners trophy. © The CouchExpert

The introduction of Srikanth turned the match completely upside down as he accounted for both Karthik as he castled them with his freewheeling action with three full rotations of his bowling arm before his delivery stride. Sriram trapped Ravi at the other end. Srikanth picked up his third wicket in his next over to derail the Wowzers’s innings completely.

Wowzers had to huff and puff to see if they could eke out a total that they could defend. Jagadish came back to stifle the lower order and with Harish picking up the last two wickets in the 19th over, EMC had bowled out Wowzers for just 125, 35 of them their own contribution with extras.

Chasing 126, EMC lost Harish in the first over, but Krishna and Jeethendra took over and dominated the innings for the next 12 overs. The pair were outstanding in putting the loose deliveries away for boundaries. Krishna seemed to be in a hurry with his powerful strokeplay and he received a good and aggressive showing of his own.

With less than 30 needed in about 7 overs, Krishna got out to Karthik. And Karhik knocked out Kushal with the next ball to set off a sequence of 20 minutes of cricket that was surreal.

A comfortably chase turned to a struggle as Srikanth found air more often than leather ball after ball. What started off a routine for 2 overs turned to a tactic after that as Wowzers successfully kept Jeethendra away from the strike and refused to run Srikanth out or catch him when he skied a catch.

11 runs resulted in the next 4 overs as a result and the pressure told on Jeethedra as he got out. And in a remarkable turn of fortune, Srikanth’s swingings found the bat as he edged a couple of boundaries to bring the required runs to single digits. Now, Wowzers were keen to get him out at first chance!

Eventually Srikanth was run out with 8 needed off the last 11 deliveries. A huge scramble ensued in the end with byes attempted to the wicket keeper and the like. With 2 needed off the last ball a single is all that was possible as the finals ended in a tie and the game going into a super over to decide the winner.

The super over turned out to be a complete disaster for EMC who had completely lost their way in the last half hour. The confidence seemed low and it was no wonder when they lost both wickets for 2 runs to set Wowzers to chase only 3 in their over which they did in three balls to bring wild celebrations.

Brief scores: Wowzers 125 all out in 18.5 overs (Suresh 20 (23b, 3X4), Ravi 17(27 b, 1X4, Srikanth 3/20, Harish 2/1) beat EMC 125/5 in 20 overs (Krishna 40(36b, 6X4), Jeethendra 44 (43b, 5X4), Karthik 2/31) in super over

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Performer of the Match: Jeethendra – MVP points 23.35

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Match 21: IDM Cricketers (A2) versus THBS (B4)

17th August 2013 (7:30 am – 10:30 am)

THBS won the toss and elected to bat

In what turned out to be a a low scoring thriller with a lot of needle between the sides, another poor batting display by THBS is what cost them in the end.

Opting to bat first, THBS put Siddharth up the order in a bit to change things up a bit and it lasted all of one ball as Goutham sent him back for a first ball duck. The old and trusted pairing of Lalit and Arun were left to take on the new ball from the second ball on the innings.

Arun continued his very fine tournament with the ball (also with the ball and also behind the wickets) by taking the new ball bowlers on. While he looked his confident fluent self, Lalit struggled against Goutham and Goutham soon sent him back for a duck as well.

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Match wagonwheel. © The CouchExpert

Goutham’s first spell would prove to be a decisive factor in this game as his miserly overs and two strikes at the top also accounted for captain Chandan and the other form batsman Shreyas too to leave THBS tottering. With Arun holding fort with Vishal for a bit, a recovery of sorts looked promising, but the dismissal of Arun in the 14th over, put paid to any of those hopes as Nikhil ran through the lower order and had THBS bowled out in the 18th ovr for a paltry 87.

Chasing a modest total, Swayam and Nitin began cautiously looking to see off the threat of the new ball. The pair showed restraint in strokeplay and it worked in the sense of not losing wickets. Half way through, 44 for no loss seemed a perfect position to be in, but losing Nithin just past the half-way mark and Goutham to the next ball kept THBS’s spirits and hopes very much alive.

Swayam, continued his impressive run with the bat with another fine knock as he held the innings together. But a bumper to his head shook him a bit and he soon was out with the victory still another 30-plus runs away. A lot of needling and verbal volleys were exchanged in this final leg of the innings, but captain Kapil and Asheesh held fort to bring up what would be a comfortable win in the end.

Brief scores: THBS 86 all out in 17.3 overs (Arun 39 (41b, 3X4, 1X6), Vishal 13 not out (21b, 1X4), Nikhil 4/10, Goutham 3/7) lost to IDM Cricketers 87/3 in 18.5 overs (Nitin 22 (29b, 4X4), Kapil 18 not out (19b, 2X4), Madhusudhan 2/16) by 6 wickets

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Performer of the Match: Goutham – MVP points 18.77

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Match 22: Boltz (A3) versus CECC (B3)

17th August 2013 (2:30 pm – 5:30 pm)

Boltz won the toss and elected to bat

Gokul took a tumbling catch at short midwicket to send back Aseem off Gaurav in the second over as Gaurav followed it up with the wicket of Praveen soon after. Botlz though fought back with Sachin and captain Sandeep, coming off a an injury.

Sachin was a tad lucky as his aggressive streak streak also produced chances only for the CECC fielders to spill them repeatedly. Captain Sandeep was let off by his counterpart Goutham as well.

Gokul though produced a fine spell as he sent back both Sachin and Sandeep in the same over to tilt the scales even once again. But Vikas and Nagaraj produced a brutal finish to the innings that produced 50-plus runs in the last 5 overs. The partnership had the fielders and bowlers scurrying as a the final kick pushed the score upwards of 140 and set CECC a stiff target.

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Match wagonwheel. © The CouchExpert

CECC’s hot-and-cold batting came back to bite them on the back as the top order stuttered against Nagaraj who followed up his hard hitting innings with a wonderful spell with the new ball. Goutham was sent back in the first over and Shoukath was run out not long after as CECC struggled to shake off the slow start. Harsha continued to fight in a promising partnership with Jobin as both found their feet as spinners came along.

Things went astray when Harsha hit a long hop straight down the deep mid-wicket’s throat. Gokul and Gautam came and went as Jobin was left to wage a lone battle. When has was run out for 31, the pressure of the chase proved too much as Boltz coasted to a comfortable win in the end.

Brief scores: Boltz 143/6 in 20 overs (Nagaraj 35 not out (19b, 3X6), Sachin 32 (32b, 3X4), Gokul LN 2/26, Gaurav 2/30) beat CECC 118 allout in 19.4 overs (Jobin 31 (31b, 4X4), Harsha 24 (23b, 4X4), Naveen 2/6, Sachin 2/24, Avinash 2/26) by 25 runs.

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Performer of the Match: Nagaraj – MVP points 19.68

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Match 23: Unisys (A4) versus ACT (B2)

18th August 2013 (7:30 am – 10:30 pm)

ACT won the toss and elected to bat

ACT won the toss and elected to bat in this crucial league game for them. A win for them would force NSN to win their last match to qualify as group toppers to play the tournament finals. A lot at state for ACT going into the game. For Unisys though, Boltz’s victory over CECC meant they would qualify for as the 4th team from their group irrespective of the result.

A rather sedate Vinay was the first to leave after a mix-up with his opening partner and captain Sharath. Their best batsman and also the tournament’s best, Bharath walked in and looked to dominate from the word go. A steady partnership developed between the two and Bharath looked good to continue his outstanding run in the tournament when Sanjeev struck him. Soon Sharath and Deepak joined him in the hut as Unisys applied the squeeze on run scoring through Mallikarjun and the others picked wickets around him as a result.

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Match wagonwheel. © The CouchExpert

Then, a crucial innings by Ajay in a good partnership with Bavesh pushed ACT above 110 which looked highly unlikely. But for the switch-hit that eventually proved his demise, Ajay looked in prime touch as he tackled all bowlers with aplomb. And a total of 114 was a fighting total given how well ACT’s bowlers were bowling through this tournament.

Chasing under 6 an over seemed to bring a relaxed approach by Unisys as their top order approached the target with great confidence though Bharath was out in the powerplay overs. Harish looked in prime touch and Sandeep looking solid, the team 50 was raised under 8 overs and the chase looked on course for an easy coast to victory.

Thomas, coming back from a leg injury soon struck a crucial blow and sent back Harish, With his stuttering run-up and low arm trajectory with a slight bend at delivery stride, he got the ball to skid on to the batsmen and kept them honest as ACT built pressure through Ajay with his accurate off-spin from the other end,

As ACT build pressure through spinners, overs were churned quickly over without conceding too many runs. Rohit and Shithu applied the squeeze as runs came to a grinding halt,

Rakesh though broke through with tremendous big hitting to keep Unisys in the hunt. His entertaining and enterprising 30 thought still was not enough as ACT held their nerve as Bavesh produced an outstanding last over to land his team a close but satisfying 6 run win that provisionally put ACT on top of Group B.

Brief scores: ACT 114/9 in 20 overs (Ajay 29 (24b, 4X6), Bavesh 24 (26b, 1X4), Kaushik 3/25, Prahshanth M 2/22) beat Unisys 106/8 in 20 overs (Rakesh 30 not out (28b, 2X4, 1X6), Thomas 2/19, Shithu 2/19) by 8 runs.

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Performer of the Match: Ajay N – MVP points 12.97

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Match 24: EMC (A5) versus NSN (B1)

18th August 2013 (11:30 am – 2 pm)

EMC won the toss and elected to bat

ACT winning their last game meant the pressure was on the group leaders NSN to win their last league game to remain on top to qualify for the main finals of the tournament. And they looked up for the fight from the word go.

A brilliant run out by Satya in the first over sent back Chirag and NSN had already established a vice-like hold on the game from the first over. NSN didn’t let the opportunity go to try out a different bowling combination as Vidyasagar opened the bowling and held back Lalmani for a different role.

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Match wagonwheel. © The CouchExpert

As the batting innings wore on and only Ramesh seemingly having the bearings to counter the challenges offered by the spin and medium pace combination of NSN bowlers.

Almost all NSN bowlers got a go as EMC never threatened to take the attack to the bowling allowing NSN to rotate bowlers and experiment at will. With Ramesh getting out in the 15th over, it was as best as EMC could do to stutter close to 100 at the end of their innings as Saravanan and an injured Krishna found some runs at the end.

NSN stuck to their mantra of opening with their regulars – Prakhar and Avinash – and the pair produced another good start as runs came in torrents in the early overs as EMC bowling struggled for consistency. Both openers rarely looked in trouble and looked good to finish the game by themselves as they raced to 50 in the powerplay overs.

Jeethendra though provided his team the much needed relief as he sent back both openers soon after powerplay. NSN chose to send their players that hadn’t had much of a hit so far in the series a go.

Ankit took the chance well as his high back-lift and flourishing follow through left-handed batting lit up a dull game with some sparkling strokeplay at the end. His off-shin was sharp in the game and with him finding runs at the end, he was the Player of the Match.

Brief scores: EMC 96/2 in 20 overs (Ramesh 35 (54b, 2X4), Saravanan 21 not out (20b, 1X4), Ankit 2/23) lost to NSN 98/3 in 12.5 overs (Avinash 35(31b, 2X4), Prakhar 27(22b, 2X4), Jeethendra 3/32) by 8 wickets.

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Performer of the Match: Ankit – MVP points 14.46

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Match 25: GE (A1) versus Wowzers (B5)

18th August 2013 (2:30 pm – 5:30 pm)

GE won the toss and elected to bat

GE won the toss in a game they had very little pressure. Their net run rate was very high that even a loss guaranteed them a place in the finals. Like NSN, they chose to experiment a bit with the batting and bowling combinations a bit.

For starters, captain Abhishek pushed himself up the order and produced a chancy by stroke filled 79. His partner and one of the shining lights of the tournament Rajnikanth skied a lofted drive to be out for a low score in this game. Amit and Dheeraj batted up the order even as Abhishek was making the most of the many spilled chances Wowzers were guilty of giving him.

GE vs Wowzers 18th Aug

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Amit and Dheeraj had short stays, but Harsha stuck around for a bit to be involved in a 56 run partnership with Abhishek in under 5 overs. Abhishek looked good to get to a hundred when he was out in the 15th over for 79. The scoring rate dipped at the fall of his wicket but a decent finish by Bhaskar ensured the work of Abhishek was not wasted as GE ended with 174.

Chasing a steep target, Muzaffer slammed the first ball he faced from Dheeraj over mid on for a massive six. Dheeraj struck immediately trapping Muzaffer in front the next ball. Suresh and Ravi looked good and as has been their bane through the tournament, converting starts to meaningful scores let Wowzers down again.

Ravi and Karthik looked to be in good flow as GE moved to rotating their fringe bowlers after the burst from regulars Dheeraj and Abhhisek Pathak. Vivek, Dyaneshwar and Ankit all got their chance to roll their arm over as Wowzers’s innings took a nose dive following the wickets of Karthik and Ravi. Vinoth bowled his offspin well to pick up 2/22 in the absence of regular frontline spinners Arvind and Mallikarjun.

Captain Abhishek rounded off an impressive league phase for his team by bowling himself and picking up the last wicket to give his team a massive win.

Brief scores: GE 174/9 in 20 overs (Abhishek 79 (54b, 7X4, 2X6), Harsha 20 (16b, 2X4), Rajesh 3/33, Karthik 2/25, Rakesh 2/31) beat Wowzers 120 all out in 19.4 overs (Ravi 30 (38b, 3X4), Karthik 15 (12b,2X4), Vivek 2/3, Vinoth 2/22) by 54 runs.

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Performer of the Match: Abhishek – MVP points 18.29

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Points Table

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Match 15: GE versus EMC

10th August 2013 (7:30 am – 10:30 am)

EMC won the toss and elected to bat

EMC won the toss and elected to bat. After a much improved batting display against Unisys, this seemed a good move.

After losing Chirag early, Ramesh and captain Krishna steadied the ship with a steady and solid looking partnership with tight batting in the powerplay overs. Ramesh in particular seemed to have taken off from his impressive show against Unisys the previous week as he played the senior partner in the partnership.

Srikanth

Srikanth played a pretty innings for GE. © The CouchExpert

The cautious approach turned into a slow approach as EMC were unable to wriggle themselves out of the slow yet steady start to capitalize on it. With the falling of Krishna immediately after the powerplay overs, innings came to a crawl as the runrate dipped below 5 at the halfway mark. Only the introduction of Robin began to hasten the innings as runs started to flow in boundaries.

However, any chances of pushing the score north of 130 fell aside with the wickets of Robin and the well set Ramesh within 10 runs of each other and the innings petered to a paltry 101/8 at the end of 20 overs. All the bowlers for GE had good returns to show for their toil.

Chasing a modest 102 for victory, Rajnikanth and Raja, coming back from an injury, started brightly before Raja was castled by Ramesh. Srikanth, playing for the first time today, matched Rajni stroke for stroke as the two tore into a modest EMC attack.  Srikanth’s back cuts and elegance matched the power of Rajni as the pair marched at 10 runs an over and achieved the target with ease half way into the 11th over.

Brief scores: EMC101/8 in 20 overs (Ramesh 31 (43b, 2X4), Abhinav 2/10, Mallikarjun 2/20) lost to GE 102/1 in 10.3 overs (Rajnikanth 54 not out (35b, 8X4, 1X6), Srikanth 31 not out (24b, 6X4), Ramesh 1/39) by 9 wickets

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Performer of the Match: Rajnikanth – MVP points 33.45 (Batting: 18.45 Fielding: 15)

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Match 16: IDM Cricketers versus Boltz
10th August 2013 (2:30 pm – 5:30 pm) 
A slightly errant Boltz took on a rather confident IDM Cricketers unit in the battle of the equals. Praveen replaced Sandeep at the top for this game as Sandeep was out injured.
 
Boltz conceded early ground as some indifferent strokeplay and running between the wickets reduced them 27 for 3 in the 5th over. Jyoti joined a belligerent Sachin in the middle as they wrested the initiative back with a good partnership with a counter attack. IDM Cricketers pulled it back quickly as Jyoti was sent back in the 9th over.
Boltz batting innings. © The CouchExpert

Boltz batting innings. © The CouchExpert

IDM Cricketers batting innings. © The CouchExpert

IDM Cricketers batting innings. © The CouchExpert

 
His exit sparked a mini collapse as Boltz lost three quick wickets to be 6 down at the end of 10 overs. Sachin, though, continued to counter attack relentlessly as he stood between a mediocre total and decent one for his side. He controlled the lower order with calculated chips for twos and clear hits for boundaries and hogged the strike as often as he could. His 42-ball 76 went a long way in Boltz recovering from a perilous position half-way though to get to a decent total of 141 even though they were bowled out in the 19th over. His innings set up a challenging chase for IDM Cricketers.
 
Swayam's unbeaten half-century guided his team to a 9-wicket win. © The CouchExpert

Swayam’s unbeaten half-century guided his team to a 9-wicket win. © The CouchExpert

IDM Cricketers’ openers Swayam and Melvin began solidly in pursuit of 142. Vikas generated good lift with the new ball, but the batsmen were content to see him through with minimal risks taken against him. They seemed to have a game plan to not lose wickets up early so as to launch an attack later. The openers found easy runs against Aniket and therefore were content to keeping things simple against the more consistent Vikas and left-arm spin of Aseem.

 
The openers milked the bowling to go at 6.5 to 7 an over for about 12 overs after which they looked to break free. A canny Avinash kept them at bay with clever bowling and field changes. With 6 overs to go, it looked to be anyone’s game when Melvin tore into Raja by hitting him for two huge sixes. The momentum gathered in the 20-plus runs in the over was too hard for Boltz to recover from though they managed to get Melvin out in the 18th over.
 
With Swayam having a great time of it with the bat, he managed to see his team through quite comfortably with 9 wickets and 2 balls to spare in the last over.
 
Brief Scores: Boltz 141 all out in 18.4 overs (Sachin 76 (42b, 10X4, 2X6), Gretting 3/30, Melvin 2/20) lost to IDM Cricketers 142/1 in 19.4 overs (Swayam 66 not out (69b, 12X4), Melvin 48 (39b, 6X4, 2X6), Vikas 1/18) by 9 wickets
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Performer of the Match: Melvin – MVP points 24.68 (Batting: 13.18 Fielding: 2 Bowling: 9.5)Post-match presentation:


Match 17: THBS vs Wowzers
11th August 2013 (7:30 am – 10:30 am)
Wowzers won the toss and elected to field
It was a crucial match for both teams as both teams were looking for their first win in this Group B clash.
 
For THBS, it was their batting that was worrying coming into this game. And their batsmen responded to the challenge in kind. Openers Lalit and Arun were aggressive as they Karthik and Salvder. Arun was the aggressor as Lalit provided good support as the openers looked to race towards a century partnership. However Ravi got Arun just after he went past his half-century and Suresh made it a double blow to pull things back a little for Wowzers as he accounted for Lalit’s wicket in the next over.
Wowzers batting innings. © The CouchExpert

Wowzers batting innings. © The CouchExpert

 

THBS batting innings. © The CouchExpert

THBS batting innings. © The CouchExpert

The hard hitting Shreyas took it upon himself to ensure that his team did not mess up the wonderful start its openers gave them and played the aggressor in pushing his team upwards of 160. He found good support first with Dheeraj and then Vaibhav at the end as he motored the innings along at above 8 an over. He ended up unbeaten on 46 and ensured that Wowzers had to get to 174 to topple them.
 
Wowzers started swinging from the hip from the word go as they started with a bang managing to go at 10 an over. Suresh and Muzaffer though could not keep in going for long as they both were dismissed in the 5th and 6th overs. Wowzers continued to go for it, but THBS kept chipping away at the wickets without letting any partnership get out of hand. Varun played a crucial role here by picking up wickets and also keeping the runs down in a good partnership with Vaibhav for support from the other end. The two of them ate away at the middle overs keeping the Wowzers’s batsmen started of boundaries as they became more and more impatient. The strokeplay became more uncouth and the coda they needed never came at the end as they fell short by 36 runs.

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Performer of the Match: Rajnikanth – MVP points 33.45 (Batting: 18.45 Fielding: 15)

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Match 18: CECC vs ACT

11th August 2013 (11 am – 2 pm)

CECC won the toss and elected to bat

In the closer of the two groups, Group B, both CECC and ACT came into this game with a realistic chance of being the group toppers at the end of the league phase. In that context, this would be a crucial game for both teams to win.

CECC got off to a rousing start with the openers Harsha and Goutham getting stuck into ACT’s new ball bowling. Both of them found it easy against Bhavesh and Benjamin, both of whom were slightly erratic with lengths, lines and extras. The openers ticked off the loose stuff and seemed content otherwise to keep the good ones out. With more loose stuff on offer than good ones, fifty was raised within the first 5 overs.

Sharath then changed the gameplan by taking the pace off the ball completely as he brought in the off-spin of Ajay at one end and Rohit at the other. Harsha who was in prime touch was castled by Ajay in the 6th over and it set about a sequence of events that was dramatic to detail.

Batsman after batsman tried to bat at the same tempo of the powerplay and were done in by the simple plan executed by Ajay to great effect: keeping the ball outside off. Soon he had batsmen groping for timing and had batsmen caught everytime they looked to go after him. He was even cunning to turn some and skid some, a sequence of two balls that accounted for Gautam Rajagopalan, his fourth scalp and third in the eighth over of the innings. With that the innings was clearly detailed and CECC was now a train without its engine heading for definite crash,

CECC batting innings. © The CouchExpert

CECC batting innings. © The CouchExpert

ACT batting innings. © The CouchExpert

ACT batting innings. © The CouchExpert

Ajay came back to take out the other opener Goutham in the 10th over of the innings followed by Gokul to pick up his fifth and sixth innings just to make sure that his signature would be written all over this innings. CECC’s innings came to a crashing halt in 14 overs as they lost all 10 wickets across a span of 26 runs in just under 9 overs.

Having reduced CECC to a paltry 80, ACT came out swinging in a bid to enhance its NRR. CECC went on the offensive with aggressive field placement in an effort to induce some chaos – their only chance of winning the game – and for a bit, it seemed to work as Vinay holed out to mid-off and Sharath to short cover.

Bharath stepped in to play a capital innings, a flurry of boundaries off his blade scorched the uneven patches of green on the CECG outfield, but he made sure he sent any close-in fielders scurrying for cover. The flurry turned to a torrent as he drowned CECC quickly in his majestic onside play. The death came quickly for CECC in just the 9th over of the innings as Bharath ended the game with a six over long on.

Brief Scores: CECC 80 all out in 14 overs (Harsha 29 (20b, 5X4), Goutham (20 (22b, 2X4), Ajay N 6/13, Shithu 2/1) to ACT 86/2 in 8.4 overs (Bharath 49 not out (28b, 10X4, 1X6), Deepak 25 not out (17b, 6X4), Goutham 1/18, Gaurav 1/19) by 9 wickets

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Performer of the Match: Ajay N – MVP Points – 37.68 points

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Match 19: CECC vs NSN

11th August 2013 (2:30 pm – 5:30 pm)
CECC won the toss and elected to bat

CECC were playing back-to-back games and coming off the resounding defeat against ACT, they needed a win against table toppers NSN to stand a chance of topping the table. Again, CECC on winning the toss chose to bat first.

Like in the earlier game, the openers Goutham and Harsha started brightly against Lalmani and captain Ganga, both of whom were guilty of pitching it too full and offering runs square of the wicket on either side. Harsha feasted on such offerings being very severe on Lalmani in particular in the powerplay as his 2 overs went for 30. Ganga settled on a line outside off stump with gentle outswingers only to lose the plot in his second over drifting to the legs of the CECC openers who didn’t need a second invitation to cash in on them.

A punishing 78 by Harsha was the highlight of the washout. © The CouchExpert

A punishing 78 by Harsha was the highlight of the washout. © The CouchExpert

Fifty was raised in the fourth over this time and by the end of the powerplay NSN were taken for 71. The openers slowed down a little to consolidate as they milked the NSN bowling over the next 4 overs as they brought up a hundred partnership in 10 overs and stepped on the gas again.

The introduction of Avinash in the 12th over proved to be a double-edged sword as he was taken for 17 runs but also accounted for the wicket of Goutham who hit a short ball straight to the hands of the waiting point fielder.

And unlike the earlier game, there was no collapse as the middle order capitalized on the start to keep going at 10 an over as Harsha orchestrated a tremendous innings which was cut short on the stroke of the 15th over with Harsha primed for hundred of his own.

The skies opened at the beginning of the 18th over to cut short a blazing little partnership between Jobin and Gautam R. What looked like a passing shower turned to sharp shower stopping the game for a good hour.

The shower resulted in NSN being set a target of 131 in 11 overs as per the Duckworth/Lewis rule. NSN took 10 off the first over before rain intervened again. When the game resumed, NSN were now set a revised target of 108 in 9 overs. They lost Prakhar looking to get after the bowling as he skied a high catch that when it came down to Sameer’s hands seemed to bring rain also with it.

Soon the rains returned in the 4th over never to abate in time to finish the game and both teams were awarded a point each.

Brief Scores: CECC 174/3 in 17.1 overs (Harsha 78 (44b, 14X4), Goutham 44 (33b, 5X4), Avinash 1/16) vs NSN 24/1 in 3.1 overs chasing 108 in 9 overs (Ankit 10 not out (8b, 1X4), Goutham 1/5). Match abandoned.

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Performer of the Match: Harsha (MVP points – 20.28)

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Match 20: ACT vs THBS

15th August 2013 (7:30 am – 10:30 am)

With CECC splitting points with NSN, ACT’s chances of finishing on top now lay in the permutation of winning their remaining games and hoping that NSN would lose their last league game. ACT won the toss and elected to bat against THBS who were coming off a resounding win themselves.

Vinay and Sharath were cautious in their approach as they avoided taking any untoward risk initially as THBS kept it tight as they have been through the tournament. Slowly, Sharath branched out to play some strokes as the score went past 50 and but the run rate still hovering just under run a ball.

THBS struck with the wickets of the openers within 13 runs of each other and Bharath chimed in to take control of the center stage. As has been the case the previous two games, he restored pace into the innings with his belligerent strokeplay. He flicked sixes with ease and swatted flicks to the legside boundary with disdain.

He controlled the pace of the innings and scored runs aplenty in the back end of the innings as ACT rattled over 80 runs in the last 9 overs of the innings. Bharath finished with a rapid unbeaten 52 as he ACT to 142.

Bharath's innings was the difference between the two sides. © The CouchExpert

Bharath’s innings was the difference between the two sides. © The CouchExpert

THBS’s batting had been suspect, more precisely their middle order in the first two games, but with them having put 173 in the last game over the weekend, the chase promised plenty of action,

As has been the norm with Lalit and Arun, both came out swinging. The powerplay seemed promising as the first 4 overs resulted in 33 runs but also accounted for both the openers.

Sharath soon resorted to spin and they responded in kind by first drying the boundaries and then even regular singles. At the half-way stage, THBS managed to stay in the contest by not losing any further wickets and their captain Chandan had played himself in along with Shreas and a charge to finish seemed the plot with 8 wickets still in hand.

Rohit struck to push THBS back by having Chandan caught and bowled. Shithu entered the fray and his quickish leg-breaks were too accurate for THBS to put away. He choked the runs out of batsmen and the suffocating batsmen holed out trying to hit out as the innings began to fall apart.

In the end, fittingly Bharath got to roll his arm over for two wickets as THBS were bowled out for 111.

Brief Scores: ACT 142/3 (Bharath 52 not out (41b, 3X4, 2X6), Sharath 33 (38b, 5X4), Madhusudhan 1/23, Arun 1/24) beat THBS 111 all out (Shreyas 18 (28b, 1X4), Shithu 3/13, Bharath 2/12) by 31 runs

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Performer of the Match: Bharath – MVP Points 23.26

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