Match 3: Qui Vive 2 vs Groen en Wit 1 (Home Game)
Writing Credits: Amit Sinha
Match Result/Summary: Qui Vive won by 7 runs
Toss : Won by home team, Elected to Bat.
Qui Vive 218 all out in 39 Overs
Amit Sinha 62
Maninder Singh 35
Vignesh Rajagopalan 30
Arun Dass 23
Groen en Wit 211/5 in 40 overs
Gourav Sharma 2/60 in 8 overs
Pradeep Kumar Tammi Reddy1/22 in 4 overs
Vignesh Rajagopalan 1/31 in 8 overs
Harshad Mohammed 1/33 in 8 overs
MOM: Harshad Mohammed (1/33, Match turning catch)
On a cloudy day, QV team 2 were pumped up to repeat their previous week’s performance. The team was well aware of the fact that this match wasn’t going to be a cakewalk as we know Groen & Wit has been traditionally a tough opponent for Quivive. The team was short of 2 of the regular players, due to lack of overall availability for T1 and T2, this weekend and both teams managed to form a Playing 11 by sharing and caring and with help from T5 players. Thank you to Maninder and Vinoth for helping us out.
Winning the toss we decided to Bat first to put a good score on the board. This game was on between Men in Blue vs Men in Green.
Maninder and Amit opened the innings and were very watchful in first 4 overs against a pacy GnW attack. From there on, Maninder let his natural playing instincts take over and started smashing the bowlers all around the park. hitting 4 long sixes and 1 boundary in no time. Trying to hit his 3rd six in a row, Maninder was stumped out for 35 (in 22 balls). The score read 44/1 in 6.3 overs. Maninder’s knock had set the tone for the remaining innings. Arun joined Amit at the crease. Amit who was cautious in first 7 overs took over from Maninder and started playing his aggressive shorts. It was a wonderful combination of aggressive batting and rotation of strike. The fast outfield was helping us. The opposition looked quite on the back foot and the score was looking healthy. Amit completed his 3rd Half century, in as many matches. The score read 128 for 1 in 20 overs and we were hopeful of posting 250 on the board.
Then the contrasting stuff happened, Arun was bowled for well-made 23. Sushmit Joined Amit and as the saying goes one follows another. Amit was given out stumped by the umpire. Amit scored 62 odd runs (1×6 and 8×4). Sushmit had a soft dismissal, hitting a loose delivery straight to the fielder. Lokesh became the 2nd victim given LBW on a ball. From a wonderful start, now, the score read 142/5 in 25 overs. This flurry of wickets meant, the following batsmen needed to steady the ship. There was obviously some pressure now as Team lost 4 quick wickets for 14 runs in a span of 5 overs. With the opponents clearly having the momentum, we had now reset our target to play out 40 overs and score anything in access of 200 runs.
Vignesh was promoted a couple of positions, to bring in the left-hander element at the crease; He and Vinay started playing watchfully. They kept the score ticking without losing further wickets for the next 8 overs. After reaching the 32 overs mark, cautiously, Vinay got out trying to break the shackles, was caught at the long-on boundary. The score read 167/6 in 33rd over. We were still focused on crossing the 200 runs mark.
Harshad was sent to up the ante but was caught behind by the keeper for quick 10. Gourav joined Vignesh. Vignesh was playing beautifully at the other end and was finding timely boundaries. He got bowled for a timely and useful 30 (1×6 and 3×4), his innings was crucial for reaching the 200 mark. The score read 200/8 in 37 overs. Vinoth not lasting long was adjudged LBW (again a controversial decision) for 2. Gourav running out of partners luckily could manage few bonus runs in the penultimate over, but got out on the last ball, trying to clear the boundary. The team was all-out for 218 in 39 overs.
Anoop came to support us in spite of his injury.
Team lunch discussion:
“We have a good score on the board, we wanted anything above 200 and we have got it. But we have to be on our toes, Groen en wit has good hitters and they can turn the game pretty soon; they will hit runs/boundaries, but we don’t have to worry about that, just keep your lines in check and let’s keep taking wickets. 1 or 2 bad overs won’t matter, the game is a long one, we pull back the momentum as soon as we can. They will keep hitting but we have to grab our chances. PLAY TO WIN pep talk from our captain.
Gourav was searching for his new ball partner, both Anoop and Sooraj were away and this made way for Harshad to pick up the new ball and with only one message – bowling with all the enthusiasm and let’s show some aggression. With Harshad, bowling first time with the new ball, Gourav attempted too hard to take wickets in the first couple of overs and thereby got hit for few. Harshad on the other hand was unplayable with his aggressive pace. We got our first breakthrough when Harshad knocked the off stump back of the opening batsman, a good 2 meters.
The score read 20/1 in 3 overs. The other opener R.Hasnain kept hitting (we already knew that GnW batsman goes hard at the bowlers, but a wicket is just a ball away) but fell for a trap by Gourav and skied a slower ball and was caught by Lokesh at covers for 22. The score read 42/2 in 6.3. The next 2 batsmen K.Ali and M.Azhar, They were leaving good balls, but still scoring a boundary.
Vignesh started his spell in the 9th Over. Amit replaced Harshad after a quick burst from Harshad. Bowlers kept bowling in good areas and there were lots of dots, and an occasional boundary shot. After a long wait, Vignesh got us breakthrough. K.Ali was adjudged LBW by the umpire on 34. The score read 92/2 in 19 overs. S.Hussain joined M.Azhar and started giving good support. In the meanwhile, Vignesh finished his spell with a figure of 8 overs 1 for 33. Vinoth replaced Vignesh when the score read 118/3. Still needing another 101 runs in 90 balls. We knew this was going to go down the wire and we can’t afford to relax as more GnW batsman are capable of scoring in a quick burst. Amit was maintaining his line and length but couldn’t find any wicket and finished his spell with a figure of 8 overs 0 for 32. Pradeep was introduced on 28th Over and he got us an immediate breakthrough. M.Azhar was bowled out for 32. The score read 131/4 in 28 overs. Opponents needing 88 runs in 12 overs. The team was pumped up again but the same message was shared by the captain that the game is not over yet, we need to retain the intensity till the last ball is bowled. The next batsman, N Sulaiman joined S.Hussain who was playing steady well at the other end. Vinoth bowled in good areas but was quite unlucky as 2 dropped catches didn’t help him. And as they say catches win matches, we knew that these mistakes will be costly for us, both the batsman was quite dangerous, Sulaiman specifically. He started hitting fours and sixes at will. Adding 40+ runs to the total in next 4 overs, and at the other end, S.Hussain was giving him good support with odd boundaries and singles/doubles. Vinoth was replaced by Gourav on 33rd over, in an attempt to stop the onslaught and He bowled a tight over. The score read 35 overs 183/4 with opponents needing another 36 runs in 30 balls. Harshad replaced Pradeep from the other end and it was up to the pair of Gourav and Harshad to defend this total against the aggressive batting from opponents. Harshad was all pumped up to bowl in the death overs and started brilliantly by giving only 5 runs in the 36th over. 31 from 24 now. Gaurav started the 37th knowing that Sulaiman will target this over and this has to be a good one, after first couple swing and miss, the trap was set for a slower one, Sulamain connected it decently, but it got more height than distance. It was safely pouched by Harshad near the boundary. A well-judged catch in a pressure moment. What an over that was, giving away only 2 runs and taking the dangerous batsman out. It changed the whole momentum 29 from 18 now. Next 2 overs were tight giving away only singles and final over needing 16 runs… Harshad did not make any mistakes. Gourav finished with a figure of 8 overs 2 for 60 and Harshad 8 overs 1 for 33. Last 7 overs we held our nerves and result was on our side.
Man of the match: Harshad, for his wonderful opening and finishing spell in pressure situations and excellent catch under pressure. Overall wonderful contribution by Vignesh as well.