04 November 2020
HKCC 186/5 in 20 overs (Martin Coetzee 72, Kinchit Shah 70) beat PACC 119 a/o in 19.3 overs (Anas Khan 34*, Babar Hayat 34, Kinchit Shah 4-0-17-3) by 67 runs
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Another sunny afternoon at HKCC, and another win at the toss for Elliot Scrivener, who yet again chose to bat first in a crucial, must-win game for both sides. PACC opened up with Tanwir Afzal and Anas Khan, and a quiet start by HKCC was followed by wicket of Ninad in the 2nd over, LBW to Anas trying to pull the short ball. HKCC 2/1 in 2 overs, with Kinchit joining Haroon. Kinchit got off the mark with a boundary, and Coetzee kicked into high gear in the 4th over, taking Anas for two 4s and a 6. He then flicked Tanwir for a 4 and a 6 over square leg in consecutive balls, before Yasim Murtaza closed out the powerplay with an economical over. Tanwir Afzal wrapped up yet another economical new ball spell immediately after, finishing with 0/17 in his 4 overs, and HKCC were 37/1 in 7. With the pressure building, both Coetzee and Kinchit took on Yasim in the next over, slog-sweeping the left arm spinner for one 6 apiece, before taking 20 runs off Hassan Khan Mohammad’s first over. Kinchit used the pull to good effect that over, hitting Hassan for two 4s and a 6 with it in consecutive deliveries. Bukhari leaked a boundary in his first over too, and at the halfway stage HKCC were comfortable at 76/1. Coetzee brought up his fifty in the next over, with a boundary off Anas Khan, and followed it up but hitting a 6 over the nets and into the tennis court! Him and Kinchit brought up their 100 run partnership in the 13th over, the last ball of which saw Coetzee dropped by Zeeshan Ali – the keeper spilling a high top edge off Murtaza’s bowling. Yasim got his revenge in his next over though, with Coetzee lofting him to the safe hands of Hamed Khan in the deep on the offside. HKCC’s star recruit out for 72, and the hosts sitting pretty at 115/2 in 15 overs. Kinchit shah then stepped on the gas, hitting Anas Khan for a four and six in the 17th over, and bringing up his 50 in the process. Haroon clubbed a six in that over as well, and Kinchit hit two more boundaries in the 18th, followed by Haroon finding the fielder in the deep off the last ball. Hassan Khan returned to bowl the 19th over with the score on 152 and redeemed himself with the wickets of Ryan Buckley (caught behind) and Kinchit Shah (caught in the deep) while conceding only 10 runs. However Jack Metters, playing his first PL game of the season, hit Hamed Khan for 24 runs (2 4 4 6 6 2) in the final over to lift the hosts to 186/5 at the end of the 1st innings!
Faced with a big target, PACC needed a solid platform, but instead found themselves 15/3 in the first 3 overs! Adil Mehmood got Balal Muhammad lofting to long-off in the first over, Kinchit got Murtaza caught behind in the 2nd, and Tanwir miscued a pull off Adil to mid-off in the third! It was left up to Babar Hayat (who was dropped 2nd ball off Kinchit’s bowling) and Zeeshan Ali to rebuild the innings. They went about it steadily, and Babar picked up two sixes off the last two balls of the powerplay to take PACC to 41/3. Their RRR sitting just above 10 per over. He picked up another 6 of Versfeld in the next over, but the next four overs remained relatively quiet – Luke Jones bowling 2 of them for just 5 runs, and at the halfway stage PACC were 65/3. Something had to give at his point, and it was to be the PACC running – a mixup in the middle followed by a direct hit from Luke Jones saw Babar Hayat run out for 34 on the first ball of the 11th! It all went a bit pear shaped for the defending champions from there on in. Kinchit returned to the attack and dismissed both Daniyal Bukhari and Zeeshan Ali, before Haroon took 2 wickets in an over to leave PACC reeling at 84/8 after 15. Anas Khan showed off his batting chops, starting his innings with a boundary, hitting Kinchit for a 6 next over, and then depositing HKCC skipper Scrivener for 3 sixes in the 18th. But it was all too little too late, and Anas was run-out in the final over with the score at just 119. Martin Versfeld trapped Hassan Khan lbw the very next ball, and PACC were bowled out – defeated in the #PLT20 for the first time since 17th Feb 2019! Their last loss was what handed HKCC the 2018-19 PLT20 trophy, and their defeat this game has given HKCC’s chances of qualifying for the PLT20 final a massive boost!
- Nitesh Hemlani