20 Dec 2017

CHK T20 Open U23's - Day Three Review

Match 5 – KCC U23’s vs DLSW U23’s

At the half way point of the tournament both KCC and DLSW had been victorious on one occasion, which set up the morning match on day three as a virtual semifinal, the winner to progress to the final on Thursday afternoon.  It was the KCC side who won the toss and sent in DLSW as has been the norm this week, Kinchit Shah (2 for 18 from 4 overs) started brilliantly for the KCC U23’s bowling his flat right arm off spinners from around the wicket, reducing DLSW U23’s to 21 for 3 inside the first 4 overs.  That brought leading run scorer for the tournament, Haroon Arshad to the crease, who continued his golden run with the bat by putting on a partnership of 58 with skipper Shahid Wasif (36 from 42 balls).  With the score on 79 off 15.2 over, Shahid was dismissed then Haroon (38 from 39 balls) picked up the slack to help the DLSW U23’s to a score of 120 from their 20 overs.  Simandeep Singh (2 for 20 from 4 overs) bowled well at the death while Ninad Shah and Shahzeb Hasan both chimed in with 1 wicket a piece.

With the KCC U23’s requiring a tick over 6 an over for victory, DLSW needed to take regular wickets to remain in the race to take out the title.  Opener Christopher Carter went early while his partner, Deep Brar (18 from 24 balls) threatened to take the game away from the opposition before he edged behind to skipper Wasif.  The middle order came and went to reduce KCC to 78 for 4 from 12.3 overs, the game seemingly still well in control.  Brilliant bowling from Ghazanfar Mohammad (3 for 15 from his 4 overs) and Harpreet Singh (3 overs for just 11 runs) put the brakes on the KCC innings.  It was up to captain Kinchit Shah to try and wrestle back the momentum for his side with 17 runs required from the final 2 overs.  Wasif threw the ball to Haroon Arshad, it was an interesting move after the spinners had looked difficult to get away earlier in the innings.  Some costly misfields and great shots from Kinchit meant it went for 10 runs, leaving 7 required from the final over.  Karandeep Singh had the ball in his hand and started the over well with a couple of singles and more importantly Kinchit was at the non-striker’s end. With 4 runs required from the final 2 balls it was left to young gun Aarush Bhagwat to finish the game, and he did so by pumping the penultimate ball for 4 through the covers to see his side home and into the grand final.  Kinchit finished with 28 not out and Aarush with 9 from 11 balls including the winning runs.  It was a close fought battle for the man of the match but eventually it went to Kinchit for his match winning innings and a couple of wickets to boot.  DLSW U23’s will battle it out tomorrow morning against the PACC Rising Stars in the fight for 3rd place while KCC progress to the final against CHK.


Match 6 – CHK U23’s vs PACC Rising Stars

Despite this match being a dead rubber, there was still a lot to gain for players of both teams.  Valuable experience playing against the best in their age group as well as an opportunity for PACC to knock off the undefeated CHK side meant it certainly wasn’t played like a game with nothing on it.  The Rising Stars won the toss and sent in their opposition in the hope of restricting them to a total that they could chase.  CHK Opener Raag Kapur, fresh off his man of the match performance yesterday started well but was eventually adjudged LBW to Kamran Mohammad for a well made 16 from 22 balls.  Run machine Ahsan Abbasi continued his good run of form with a dashing run a ball 33 and keeper batsman Kabir Sodhi also chimed in 31 from 30.  The innings never gained any momentum thanks to some disciplined bowling by the Rising Stars, led by captain Nusrullah Rana who managed two maidens in his 4 overs to go with his 1 wicket.  Each of the PACC bowlers picked up 1 wicket to restrict the CHK U23 side to 123 for 6 from their 20 overs.

In reply the two Rising Star openers, Jaffar and Aqeel hit the boundary regularly to get their side off to a blistering start.  The score was 27 off 3 overs when Aqeel (17 from 9 balls) was clean bowled by Daljeet Singh (3 for 25 from his 4 overs).  Unfortunately for PACC the next 4 wickets fell quickly to reduce them to 56 for 5 from 9.1 overs.  They required a partnership or someone to put their hand up and drag them back into the game, and it was captain Nusrullah Rana who did just that with a scintillating innings of 31 from just 27 balls including 3 boundaries and 1 big six.  Multiple dropped catches from the CHK U23 side helped their cause but when Nusrullah was finally caught in the 18th over with them still needing 22 for victory the game looked beyond them.  Nabeel Javed Mohammad (22 from 19 balls) kept them in the hunt and took it into the last over with the Rising Stars requiring 10 to win, some great running and dropped catches left them needing a six off the last ball, they could only muster a double and were run out trying for a third, leaving them an agonizing two runs short of what would have been a famous victory. 

The Rising Stars will have a chance to finish third when they play off against the DLSW U23 side tomorrow starting at 9.30am and straight after that is the Final between the undefeated CHK team and the KCC U23’s.

Live Scores - https://www.crichq.com/organisations/821/matches/inprogress

Table - https://www.crichq.com/competitions/11360/draws/35372/standings_table

Statistics - https://www.crichq.com/competitions/11360/draws/35372/leaderboards/batting

Fixtures - https://www.crichq.com/competitions/11360/draws/35372/rounds