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19th May, 2013

Match: MCC versus CITI

Venue: CECG, Bangalore

Toss: MCC won the toss and elected to bat.





Overnight rains had given way to a pleasant morning. The outfield had dried considerably to show no traces of rain though the outfield did slow down.

Both teams looked charged up for the game. Both had vested interests. MCC needed to win by 79 or more runs to give themselves a shot at the trophy on net run rate and CITI had to defeat MCC by a similarly huge margin and then hope Wipro would lose by a similarly large margin to give them the title.


There was intent in both camps. MCC’s openers Bhargav and Guna seemed to be on the edge and looked to run at everything that eventually cost them the wicket of Bharath in the very first over when Guna called him for a non existent run.

Shankar's 51 was the innings of the match

Shankar’s 51 was the innings of the match

Guna and Chetan looked desperate to find the boundaries but Kranthi was up to the task by bowling himself and Srikanth for 7 overs straight. The strain of not being able to break away from CITI’s stranglehold showed on MCC as Guna and then Chethan soon fell.

It was evident by now that the wicket was slow and it would take considerable effort and patience to build a score here. Brothers Prasad and Shankar showed the way by being patient against a very determined and disciplined CITI attack.

The first boundary of the innings came in the 14th over when Shankar found the fence. He found the fence once more in the over and managed another three to eventually break away from the vice-like grip CITI had on them. The pair put on 60 in 8 overs before Prasad fell trying to up the rate.

Venu joined Shankar, who had by now found his feet and timing on this sluggish surface. Rehamathullah and Naresh failed to provide the control nor the penetration provided earlier by Srikanth, Kranthi and Niket and Shankar and Venu capitalized with quick runs in the end. A total of 118 in the end seemed a rand recovery from the precarious position of 41/3 at the end of 10 overs.

A very determined MCC came out to the field in defending 118. An equally charged up CITI set out to get the runs as quickly as they could. A good contest ensued with Varun looking to go after the bowling and MCC looking to peg the CITI openers on the back foot.

The new ball pair of Chethan and Guna complemented each other well as Chethan troubled the right-handers with outswingers from one end and Guna tucking them with inswingers from the other. Niket fell to a low catch in the second slip chasing a swinging ball from Guna.

Srikanth had a brilliant game with both bat and ball for CITI

Srikanth had a brilliant game with both bat and ball for CITI

A charged-up Guna sent back captain Kranthi in the same over as MCC used up the windy conditions to their great advantage. Chethan extracted appreciable movement and bounce off the wicket and even hit Vinayak on the head with a vicious bouncer.

Varun held fort as CITI kept losing wickets at the other end in regular intervals, but when he was run out in the 12th over, the onus of getting CITI across the line became their finisher Srikanth’s responsibility. With MCC’s death bowling being their strongest point, it set up a good contest.

Manish and Srikanth handed much of everything that Vijay and Venu threw at them keeping up with the run rate and threatening to chase down the target. Like in the first innings, the innings gained momentum once a few boundaries were hit.

Srikanth found the fence an even cleared it as he rapidly ate away at the target. The fall of Manish in the 18th over slowed things down for CITI as Shakeel failed to put Srikanth back on strike. The loss in momentum hurt CITI badly as Guna and Venu bowled tight overs to bowl MCC to a win.

With the win, MCC moved to the top of the table and will need Wipro to lose their final game later in the day to give them the trophy.

Scoring patterns for the two teams:


Full Scorecard

1st Inning Batting: Mmavericks Cricket Club, MCC

                                                   R     B     4's    6's    SR
Bhargav run out (Niket)                            1     2     0      0      50.0

Guna c Rehamathullah b Kranthi                     2     11    0      0      18.18

Chetan c Anurag b Niket                            15    24    0      0      62.5

Shankar c Anurag b Rehamathullah                   51    49    5      0      104.08

Prasad c Niket b Rehamathullah                     16    23    1      0      69.57

Venu not out                                       12    12    1      0      100.0

Syed lbw b Rehamathullah                           0     1     0      0      0.0

Extras(w 18, nb 2, lb 1) 21

Total (6 wickets; 20.0 overs)                      118                       5.90 RPO

Did Not Bat: 
Shekar, Arun, Ankit, Yeshwanth, Vijay

Fall of Wicket: 1-1 ( Bhargav 0.4 ov ), 17-2 ( Guna 3.6 ov ), 30-3 ( Chetan 8.1 ov ), 90-4 ( Prasad 16.2 ov ), 118-5 ( Shankar 19.5 ov ), 118-6 ( Syed 19.6 ov )

1st Inning Bowling: CITI, Citi

                                                   O     M    R    W    EC     AV     EX
Srikanth                                           4.0   0    16   0    4.00   -      (w 2, nb 1)

Kranthi                                            4.0   0    19   1    4.75   19.00  (w 3)

Naresh                                             4.0   0    27   0    6.75   -      (w 5, nb 1)

Niket                                              4.0   0    21   1    5.25   21.00  (w 2)

Rehamathullah                                      4.0   0    34   3    8.50   11.33  (w 3)


2nd Inning Batting: CITI, Citi

                                                   R     B     4's    6's    SR
Varun run out (Shankar)                            27    30    3      0      90.0

Niket c Shankar b Guna                             0     1     0      0      0.0

Kranthi c Syed b Guna                              0     5     0      0      0.0

Vinayak c Syed b Chetan                            2     8     0      0      25.0

Naveen c Yeshwanth b Venu                          7     12    1      0      58.33

Rehamathullah c Chetan b Vijay                     1     7     0      0      14.29

Manish b Venu                                      20    25    2      0      80.0

Srikanth b Venu                                    29    29    2      1      100.0

Shakeel not out                                    1     4     0      0      25.0

Extras(w 22, nb 1, b 1, lb 2) 26

Total (8 wickets; 20.0 overs)                      113                       5.65 RPO

Did Not Bat: 
Anurag, Naresh

Fall of Wicket: 9-1 ( Niket 1.1 ov ), 10-2 ( Kranthi 1.6 ov ), 18-3 ( Vinayak 4.1 ov ), 36-4 ( Naveen 7.4 ov ), 47-5 ( Rehamathullah 9.4 ov ), 54-6 ( Varun 11.5 ov ), 96-7 ( Manish 17.5 ov ), 113-8 ( Srikanth 19.6 ov )

2nd Inning Bowling: Mmavericks Cricket Club, MCC

                                                   O     M    R    W    EC     AV     EX
Chetan                                             4.0   0    22   1    5.50   22.00  (w 4)

Guna                                               4.0   0    18   2    4.50   9.00   (w 5)

Venu                                               4.0   0    34   3    8.50   11.33  (w 1, nb 1)

Arun                                               3.0   0    12   0    4.00   -      (w 2)

Vijay                                              4.0   0    16   1    4.00   16.00  (w 5)

Prasad                                             1.0   0    8    0    8.00   -          


Post match ceremony


Full match report with individual performance details

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Performer of the Match: Shankar.

Match Result: MCC defeated CITI by 5 runs.

Points: MCC (2) CITI (0)


The CouchExpert Staff

5th May, 2013

Match: MCC versus ODW

Venue: CECG, Bangalore






ODW came into the game in the hope to stem the slide post their brilliant first game. The batting has been dodgy and captain Swayam pushed himself to open the innings in an attempt to stabilize the top-order only to be dismissed cheaply. Melvin’s tournament also seemed to be nose-diving after the first two games as he was dismissed cheaply too.

Guna and Vijay kept the scoring in check with brilliant bowling that was ably supported by Venu. Arvind and Jyoti stemmed the rot playing carefully after the loss of initial wickets. Jyoti seemed to struggle for any fluency initially and a knock to the head seemed to shake him out of bad form as he started to find his range as he looked to cut loose. Just when ODW seemed to have set a base for their lower order to launch an assault the wheels came off and the innings went on a limbo to finish with 125/7 off their 20 0vers.

Prasad's unbeaten 44 set up an easy 7 wicket win for MCC

Prasad’s unbeaten 44 set up an easy 7 wicket win for MCC

With run rate being a factor, Bhargav and Guna seemed to be keen to get a move on early with Guna particularly being in a hurry. He was slightly unlucky as a powerful drive from him found Swayam in the way who took a tremendous catch. Sambit and Vinod put the lid on the scoring as MCC’s chase lost momentum and at 37 for 1 after 8 overs, the game was in balance.

Bhargav and soon Prasad put paid to any hopes of a revival for ODW with a quick 20 runs in the next 2 overs as Jyoti and Swayam failed to back up the good work done by the new ball overs. With Bhargav gone, Shankar joined Prasad and the two seemed to be in tremendous nick as they chipped away at the target with relentless regularity.

For the first time all week Prasad seemed to be the only one to have got the hang of the wicket as he found runs by waiting on the ball and finding runs square of the wickets with ease. His 44 and unbeaten 4th wicket partnership with Shankar brought up a comfortable victory for MCC in the 18th over.

“The bowlers set up the perfect platform for our batsmen. Arun, Vijay and Venu have been brilliant with the ball for us. Bhargav, Prasad and Shankar were great with the bat for us. Very happy with the win,” said Guna at the end of the game. Swayam on the other hand rued missing out on another decent start in putting up a decent total.

Brief Scores

ODW 124/7 in 2o overs (Arvind 34, Jyoti 26, Arun 3/17) lost to MCC 126/3 in 17.5 overs (Prasad 44 not out, Shankar 32 not out) by 7 wickets

Post match ceremony


Performer of the Match: Prasad.

Match Result: MCC defeated ODW by 7 wickets

Points: MCC(2) ODW (0)

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

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