Match Result/Summary: Qui Vive won by 82 runs
Toss: Won by home team, elected to Bat.
Qui Vive 228 all out in 40 Overs
Amit Sinha 61
Nand Kumar 36
Vaibhav Vakharia 34
Lokesh Kumar Pathak 24
Quick N 146 all out in 34 overs
Sooraj KA 3/41 in 8 overs
Amit Sinha 3/31 in 8 overs
Harshad Rayunipet 1/18 in 8 overs
Vignesh Rajagopalan 1/19 in 4 overs
MOM: Amit Sinha (61, 3/31)
Wait is on…..
Qui Vive 2 was looking forward to the game against Quick N to put behind the jitters of the first game. The weather was at its unpredictable best, with a lot of cloud cover, chilling wind and the occasional Sun teasing in between.
The future generation of Qui Vive (WolveZ) was playing of Field 1, this meant our excitement for the game had to wait. While, we waited for the WolveZ’s game to finish, it provided for a long (much long) time frame for doing warms up and fielding drills. With a delayed start, Qui Vive won the toss and without any apprehensions, elected to bat.
All set for the start, as the opener’s walk in…
Qui Vive started slow with the opening pair of Arun and Amit; We lost Arun’s wicket quickly with a sharp rising ball taking the glove of Arun to be caught by the keeper. Vaibhav walked in at number 3, determined to score big and along with Amit started to consolidate. After seeing off the initial spell and getting their eyes in, Amit and Vaibhav started scoring more freely. The best batsmen from last season, looked in good form and both of them played with poise to keep the score moving and punishing the odd bad balls. They were involved in a 100 run partnership to take the score to 117. After reaching his 50 and attempting to play more attacking shots – Amit perished trying to hit one over square leg (after scoring 61). As they say, One brings Two, after a short while, Vaibhav took the long walk back while attempting to drive through the covers and hitting it straight into the hands of deep cover (on 34).
Lokesh joined Anoop at crease. The strike rotation was the prime focus in middle overs and both of them attempted that; but in an attempt to snatch too many too soon, Anoop was run out with a miscommunication in calling. Unfortunately, with the sudden turn during the run, He ended up hurting his back and was lying on the ground for the rest of the batting innings. We lost the wicket of Harshad quite quickly, after this Lokesh and Nand steadied the ship. They both started rotating and picking the odd boundary (this was a learning for us from the last game).
After a 50 run partnership, Lokesh holed out to Long off after scoring 25. Nand looked in good touch as well and continued milking the ball around. Nand scored a well-played 36 before eventually getting bowled trying to up the ante in the final overs. In the last 3-4 overs, we lost some quick wickets (attempting to score quickly), Vignesh provided couple of necessary boundaries in the final over to take the score to 228.
Pink ball ready to strike….
With runs on the board and focus to win the game, Qui Vive started with their opening combination of Gourav and Sooraj. Unfortunately, we were fielding with 10 and a half. While, it was difficult for Anoop to do much, with his strained back, he ensured that team was not left with 10 and he joined the field. Both Sooraj and Gourav got going with their rhythms right away and bowled a nagging line and length, to not let the batsman score easily. With a thin scoring rate in first 4 overs, Sooraj got the first breakthrough when the batsman edged the ball to the wicketkeeper and Arun took a wonderful catch diving right. Sooraj was bowling in great rhythm with his out swingers and bouncers which the batsman was not able to comprehend. He bowled a beauty of a delivery to uproot the off stump of the opening batsman as he stood clueless as to what hit him. Gourav on the other end was keeping the pressure on with really tight line, ensuring that the pressure is kept on, from both ends. After being 27 /2, Quick tried to settle in, played with more focus; but a teasing line from Sooraj again got the batsman to edge the ball to be taken at 2nd slip by Vaibhav. The score was now 55/3 in 12 overs. the opening bowlers had done the damage and we needed to continue the pressure in following overs. With Anoop injured, it was tough to fill his spot of an attacking bowler, Harshad and Vignesh were introduced. Harshad also got going with good rhythm, right away. A good piece of fielding by Pradeep got the 4th wicket and the score was 67/4. Harshad was in the middle of a wonderful spell where the batsman were struggling to read him and the scoring was kept in control and required run rate, kept rising from 6 toward 7 per over. The wicket keeper from Quick started with an attack, scoring some boundaries and taking the score to 97.
Moment of the game : Amit was introduced to get the breakthrough and he did get one quite soon; the set wicket keeper gloved one to Arun. The very next ball, Amit bowled a beauty, to take the off stump of the incoming batsman. There was a chance of a special moment on cricket field– A Hat trick; The hat trick ball was a well-directed body line rising ball, which the batsman edged to the keeper, who took a beautiful catch to his far right. While we were shouting and celebrating in Joy, the celebration was cut short by the Umpire (who was probably blinded or deafened for that moment), He gave a not out decision. We were stunned by such a pathetic piece of umpiring that too on an hat trick ball.
While the momentum was on our side, this moment did annoy the people on field. Amit continued bowling with even more fire and got the batsman out who tried to scoop one holing out to Fine leg. Harshad finished a superb spell from the other end, with bowling their captain through the gates. Vignesh continued from the other end and after a short first spell, returned to rhythm and got the wicket, cleaning off the stumps of wicket number 9. The game was set the next wicket being a mere formality.
The final wicket was a direct hit from Lokesh, to run the batsman out and seal the first victory of the season for Quivive 2. Quick N was all out for 146.
And the celebrations begin!!
A wonderful all round performance by the team where everyone contributed to achieve a comfortable win. Special thanks to Anoop, for pushing through the pain and supporting the team.
The team learnt from the mistakes made in the first game. The batsmen rotated the strike much better and didn’t lose wickets in heaps. The bowlers bowled well in pairs and didn’t let go the momentum, even if, there were couple of high scoring overs. We pulled back as soon as possible.
~ Vaibhav Vakharia