Wanica Star 43 allout in 11 overs
MoM – Sooraj
Back to winning ways!
After suffering a midweek blow, Qui Vive 2 needed to bounce back and bounce back they did.
Having won the toss, stand in captain Arun decided to bat to take advantage of a smaller ground and negate risks of a rain-shortened game. He also made a bold decision to shuffle the top order with Amit partnering Srini to face the new ball.
After a steady first over, Srini found the middle of the bat for 2 boundaries in the 2nd and another in the third before succumbing to cover drive played on the up straight to point. Seeing off the new ball on a lively yet unpredictable pitch wasn’t easy but Shivam and Amit showed character in the middle play well within themselves without taking any risk. Things got easier however as Shivam unleased his first boundary in the 7th over followed by 5 overthrows helping bring back a slowing run rate. What followed was a stabilizing 89 run partnership between Shivam and Amit which set the stage for the innings.
A bowling change from the opposition brought some discipline back into the bowling but the batsmen regained the upper hand after a six and a boundary from Shivam as Amit chipped in with 3 boundaries.. QV maintained a healthy run rate reaching 100 in 19th over. Oblivious that he was on 49 Shivam, didn’t capitalize being dropped at his favoured long on boundary as he couldn’t resist another loopy delivery to be caught at 49 by the same fielder. Amit followed in the space of next 6 runs bowled round his legs for 25 to leave QV at 109 for 3.
With new batsmen Vinay and Anoop at the crease it was time to consolidate. While Vinay started Steady, Anoop took only one dot ball before using the left armers pace to loft him over long off for six. After a square cut boundary in the next over however, Anoop succumbed to another loopy delivery to be bowled for 10. Captain Arun then watched helplessly as Vinay soon followed trapped LBW to the left armer and then Vignesh bowled off another loopy delivery both scoring 3.
At 125 for 6, QV had surrendered a commanding start to the innings as Arun was now joined at the crease by Lokesh. Caught off a no ball at 4, Lokesh capitalized on his reprieve by forging a 74 run partnership of great character and maturity with Arun as the moving ball and the unpredictable pitch made things very uncomfortable for the batsmen.Good running between the wickets and leaving the right deliveries, Arun and Lokesh were able to stretch the game to the 37th over.
However after having struck back to back boundaries, Lokesh skied one back to the bowler to bring Suraj to the crease. Arun soon followed after an inexplicable one handed blinder was pulled off at third man. With 2 overs left, Suraj and Ganesh couldn’t add much to the score as they perished caought behind and bowled respectively leaving Pradeep still not out in the tournament.
With 203 on the board, QV started brightly as Ganesh got the opener caught behind for nought. But from then on, it was the Suraj Show. The Kerala express went on to wreck carnage on Wanica star as he unleashed the entirely of his out swinging magnificence on the batsmen. As Ganesh kept things quient on the other end while also getting wides out of his system, Suraj was unplayable, as he bowled the other opener and then trapped the number 3 batsman leg before in consecutive overs. Attempting to escape the fury, the number 4 batsmen got run out thanks to brilliant work on the field from Amit and a typically acrobatic dismantling of the stumps by Arun.
Suraj continued to torment the batsmen as he trapped 2 more batsmen leg before and drew a brilliant catch at gully from Vinay to leave Wanika in tatters. Amit having replaced Ganesh in the bowling attack picked up the only batsman that showed some resistance as Vignesh showed nerves of steel to calmly take a skier from the only batsman to show some resistance.
Suraj finished things off in style bowling their last batsman as Wanica fell to 43 all out sealing a 160 run victory for Quivive.