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WCL wide match report for August 25-26 -- the Playoffs
August 28, 2012
5:47 pm
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Zolon Challengers vs UMBC @bucklodge. Match report provided by Anurag

UMBC won the toss and put Challengers in to bat. Saad and Anurag opened the innings. Both played well and hit some good shots. They batted aggressively. Both hit some good boundaries and after 9.2 overs, the score was 58/0 and it looked like Zolon Challengers will be able to post a very good total. However, UMBC had other plans. Shahid Hanif, who was bowling his first over, got Anurag. He scored 29. Digant came in next but in the very next over Saad too got out when he got a short ball that he pulled but straight to short square leg. Saad scored 24. Raghav came in next and hit one exquisite boundary to Dhaval. Two overs later, he got Digant out caught behind. Digant scored 13. In Shahid's next over he got Raghav out too All of a sudden from 58/0, we were 81/4. Juber went in next, hit a streaky 4 and then in Shahid's next over, got out bowled. Fahed went in next and again, in Shahid's next over was out bowled for 1 run. Ankur was in next to give Julius support. We were 103/6. Soon after, the rains came and the game was stopped for a short period of time. When play resmed, these two guys continued to build a partnership and got the score to 139 when Julius got out to Shahid for a simple catch at short-midwicket. Julius scored 25. Dharmen went in next and played agressively. He scored a quick-fire 13 and had a 30+ run partnership with Ankur but then made a bad call for a run and was run-out. Poor decision making by him. The game had been reduced to 38 overs, due to the delay and we still had 5 or 6 overs to go. We were around 170 when Dharmen got out. Mahesh went in next and supported Ankur for some time but in the power play over, Ankur was out caught on the boundary by Shahid. Ankur played well and made a good 32. Now it was up to Mahesh and Bhavik to make sure they finished all the overs without getting out. They did just that with some singles and an odd boundary. We ended with a score of 195/9 in our allotment of 38 overs. It was a good score, but not what it should have been after a 58/0 start in 9.3 overs. We felt that we could defend this but were worried what would happen if the rains came after 16 overs. We didn't want the game to be decided on run rate. We wanted a full game since this is a playoff game. UMBC felt good about their chances as they do have a good batting line-up. We would surely have been tested and would have had to play well to win. But then UMBC would have needed to bat well to score close to 200 as well. No team this year has done that against us so we are not sure what would have transpired. Keep in mind, Tigers defended 150 against Kensington so nobody knows how the innings would have gone.

The star of the game was undoubtedly Shahid Hanif with his 6 wicket haul that prevented us from getting to 240. Great work Shahid! But our lower middle order also did well to help us recover from 103/6 to 195/9. So both teams saw ups and downs in the game and it would have been a fun and tense game had it completed.

Never mind. We'll get to do it all over again this weekend.

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