On 7th of May, a pleasant day to kick start the 2017 season, QuiVive 5 were all ready to face their first challenge – Almere Alligators in an away game.
With its new captain Amey winning the toss and electing to bowl first, HP and Bhushan started to torment the opposition batsmen right from the word go. Bhushan made early inroads dismissing both their openers in quick succession. With their openers back in the pavilion early, its was their captain and keeper tried to stabilize the innings. Just when these two batsmen had made some slow but decent start, it was the debutant Pradhan who chipped in with 2 quick wickets to dismiss both these batsmen. With scores reading 66/4 at the end of 17 overs, Alligators had their best batsman taking strike. Rafique then kept the scoreboard ticking by rotating the strike and taking calculated risks. Meanwhile the spin duo of QuiVive 5 were getting into their rhythm. When the 5th wicket partnership looked to take control of the game away from the visitors, it was Pratik and Rajnish unleashed their tricks to get rid of these 2 settled batsman in span of just 1 run. With 102/6 in 29th over, Home teams batsman had no option but to slog trying to get some quick runs considering the relatively small boundary. Rajnish then came back for his second spell, taking another 3 wickets with his leg spin magic. Quickly when everyone was thinking of Rajnish’s 5 wicket haul, it was Sushmit who broke the stumps (also Rajnish’s heart ;P) with his direct hit to dismiss the last batsman.
Almere Alligators were dismissed for 158 within 39 overs setting QuiVive 5 a target of 159.
With the target looking relatively early considering the small boundaries, QuiVive 5 started their chase. Attempting to go for big hits early in the innings, Arun gave a catch to the point fielder to give the Alligators the early success. Quickly Manish followed his opening partner to the pavilion owing to some incorrect decision by the umpire. With the openers back in pavilion earlier than expected, all pressure was on the another debutant – Mohit Kumar and Sushmit to get the team a decent start. Both responded to the situation very well, played some elegant shots and also scoring in really quick pace putting on 69 run partnership in less than 11 overs. When these two batsmen looked to take the match away from the Home team, their spinners came into the attack and gave the home team their much needed wickets. Mohit out for 42 and Sushmit on 19.
89 runs on board at 14th over, everyone were expecting to win the game without much hassle considering the remaining batting depth. But to the surprise, QuiVive 5 lost their next 3 wickets for just 36 runs. Things have now come to some tense situation for the visitors (125/7) from a rather commanding position. Pradhan then joined Amey in the middle and both played sensible cricket to take the score close to the target. With just 11 runs needed for the victory, Amey (17) just gave his wicket away losing the concentration. With 8 down for 148 and 11 runs needed for victory, HP joined Pradhan. HP played a supporting innings to Pradhan (16) who finished the game with a boundary over the covers and a Warner type celebration to give QuiVive 5 their first WIN for the season 2017.
Match Result: QuiVive 5 won by 2 wickets.
Almere Alligators 2 – 158 / 10 (38.3 Overs)
D Rafique 37 Rajnish 7.3-0-32-4
G Singh 25 B Bagde 6-1-18-2
QuiVive 5 – 159 / 8 (38.5 Overs)
M Kumar 42 H Rafique 8-0-36-3
S Kaul 19 D Rafique 8-2-21-2
~ Arun Prakash