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Match Report Indus-I vs Sunnyvale-1 05/02/2010

Report by Preetam

Toss: Indus won the toss and elected to bat.


Indus Batting:

BP got out in the first over without opening his account. Shashi joined Koka in the middle and the leadership duo put their experience and skills to use. On a grass heavy field, the duo ran well and mixed in aggression against anything that was loose (and believe me there were not many loose balls). Against a very good and disciplined attack backed by the grass, Indus was 65/1 in 15 and 100/1 in 22.3 (exactly half the overs). Shashi lost his concentration for a split second and with that his wicket (for a well made 31), with the score reading 117/2 in 26.2 – after a 117 run partnership……


At the break (30 over) Indus was sitting prettily at 128/2. The stage was set for the middle order to capitalize and make an insurmountable score… But Arun (according to Shashi the best spinner in NCCA) had other plans. Indus lost 4 wickets (Preetam-11, Neel-1, Satish-0 and Sunny-0) in the space of 4 overs and the score read 140/6 after 34. With the innings in disarray and all the momentum with Sunnyvale, Gagan joined Koka (who all this while was playing the usual Koka brand of cricket - sixes over long on, deft placements, well judged leaves and some extremely good rbw) and both of them played out the next few overs cautiously. With the score reading 185 in 42.2, Koka got out (80) trying to accelerate. The next 15 balls it was mayhem (also the name of Neel’s new bat)! Some great power hitting from Gagan and brilliant cameo from Vijay meant that we scored 38 runs in 15 balls. Both were unbeaten at the end and Indus finished at a competent 223/7 in 45 (Gagan 42* and Vijay 18*).


Over 41-15 meant that we headed into the break with momentum on our side and the opposition dejected at the last 5 overs.


Note: The lunch served was excellent (from Athidhi) and we all helped ourselves to more than generous servings.


Indus Bowling:

On a breezy afternoon, Kalyan and Vijay opened the bowling for Indus. Vijay in particular, had some trouble bowling against the wind and that resulted in a few extras. Very few runs came of the bat. Kalyan got the first breakthrough in the 6th over (LBW). In 10 overs Sunnyvale was 30/1 (less than half off the bat). Over #11 (Vijay) saw 10-13 runs off of wides but it also provided us the first breakthrough – to a sharp catch at 2nd slip by Preetam. Neel replaced Vijay and promptly got a wicket (LBW) with a Yorker?. At the break Sunnyvale were struggling at 52/3.


After the break, Sunnyvale consolidated with Kedar and Darshak. Neel and Sunny had problems finding their lines and lengths bowling into the wind which also meant that Sunnyvale was chipping away at the target without losing too many wickets. Satish and Preetam bowled a tight line to get things back into control but the score still was Sunnyvale – 110/3 in 27. Advantage – Sunnyvale. Over 28 saw a hard chance go down off Kedar but was immediately followed by a potentially game changing under-arm throw-direct- hit by Satish to run out Kedar. Sunnyvale went into the 30 over break with the score reading 124/4. Exactly 100 to get in 15 overs with 6 wickets in hand.


Viral and Darshak batted sensibly scoring 7 an over taking the score to 164/4 in 36 overs. 60 needed in 9 with six wickets in hand. Viral got out in the 37th over caught by Sunny at covers off Preetam – much needed breakthrough for Indus. Sunnyvale (170/5 in 37) needed 44 off 8. Then came the pivotal 38th over from young Deep. First he had the new batsman caught by Neel at backward point and then got the dangerous Manish caught (the previous ball went thru an Indus-iite’s hands for a six) by Kalyan (who has been the man of the season for Indus1 so far) at deep extra cover. The game swung into Indus’s favor with overs 37 and 38 – not over by any means though with the set Darshak on 60+ still at the crease. 47 were needed off 7 with 3 wickets in hand.

39th over – Preetam, 3 runs. 44 of 6 required with 3 wickets in hand

40th Over – Deep - 8 runs were scored. 36 of 5 required with 2 wickets in hand.


Then came the game changing decision. Shashi replaced Preetam (who was bowling well and had 2 more overs to go) with Kalyan. In Hindsight, it was the decision which won the game for us. Kalyan was in great form from game 1 and had bowled an accurate first spell. An accurate fast bowler to tail-enders turned out to be what the doctor ordered.


Over 41 – Kalyan 7 runs were conceded… half of Indus was probably cursing Shashi (I wasn’t J). 29 needed with 4 to go and wickets in hand.

Over 42 – Young Deep did it again he clean bowled one of the tail-enders. 7 in the over meant 22 off 3 with 2 wickets in hand.

Over 43 – Kalyan was warmed up and firing on all cylinders. Ball 1 straight fast – timber. Ball 2, wide. Ball 2 again, straight and fast on the leg stump. LBW --- Game Set and Match Indus.


Great rearguard pressure performance from the Indus bowlers – Deep in particular bowled unchanged from 34 through the 42over finishing with 6-0-37-3 (considering 7 runs per over were required. Kalyan finished the game and ended up with an enviable 6.2-19-3. Satish bowled from the 15th thru 33rd over (with most of the bowlers on the side finding it hard to bowl) and finished with a great 9-33-0. Good disciplined bowling by Satish. Preetam bowled well the last session to finish with 7-30-1. 

Vijay 7-33-1,  Neel, 4-29-1,  Sunny 3-20


Catching was horrendous. This was what let Sunnyvale into the game. Several dropped chances (6 drops were fairly straightforward ones – what we routinely practice).