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Match report T20 WGCC vs PACC April 3rd 2016

posted Apr 11, 2016, 7:11 AM by Mayur Choudhary   [ updated Apr 11, 2016, 7:12 AM ]
by Sinu Nair

Fresh from a demoralizing defeat against HPCC on Saturday, our team was eager to get back on the field to make things right. In front was last year's T20 Winners and formidable opponents in the form of PACC. They won the toss and chose to bat first, hoping to pile on the misery on WGCC. At the beginning, things were going to plan for PACC. They were scoring runs at will with 'keeper Usman and Richie going strong. In no time, they were 49 for no loss after 5 overs. Amar was making frequent changes to the bowling attack to make sure that the batsmen don't get used to any particular bowler. WGCC talisman got us our much needed breakthrough, getting the dangerous Usman caught smartly by Sagar at long on. From there on, it was the Gaba show as he spun a web around the PACC batsmen. He was well supported by Aditya, who was swinging the ball late and stuck to a tight nagging line. Aditya got the first wicket of his season when Amar flew to his right to take a smart catch to get Muzzafar out. Gaba on the other hand broke the PACC middle order by getting Aaqib, Richie and the very dangerous Wasim caught at long on/long off. What looked like a sure set 180+ score was now well under control. It was through the grit of Nasir and erratic bowling by WGCC (12 wides, 6 byes) that PACC got to a sore of 130. At our ground, this is considered a below par score and our strong batting line up was ready to take on this challenge.

We started with Mayur and Dipen for the second time this week. Both looked fairly comfortable at the crease, hitting the odd boundary between singles. Mayur was looking his imperious best, and soon we were 44 for no loss. Dipen was out in deep cover, and was soon followed by Sinu, bowled by Mansoor. Just liek in the first innings, the PACC spinners started getting a grip over the WGCC batting. Mayur and Dharma briefly stemmed the flow. However, in the last over of Mansoor's spell, we were dealt a double sucker punch when both Dharma and Mayur returned back to the pavilion. Thigns went from bad to worse when Vicky was out first ball, caught at point. 78/2 was now 80/5 and we now needed more than 8 run an over. Amar was still at the crease and we had a long batting line up. Biv was out caught trying to hit against the wind. The rest of the batting line up just collapsed trying to keep up with the required run rate and we were bundled out for a measly 97. We lost 8 wickets for 19 runs. While the bowlers stood up and performed, it was our batsmen who failed to raise their games when it mattered and we were left with 2 losses over the weekend. 

These results make the coming weekend games absolutely critical. WTCC are no mugs and KECC can be dangerous on their day. The equation for us is simple, win the game and qualify. I am sure each one of us is eager to wipe off this minor blip from our radar and go forward all guns blazing!

Play to win!