10 November 2020
KCC 134/6 in 20 overs (Simandeep Singh 67, Yasim Murtaza 4-0-31-3) beat PACC 106 a/o in 19.1 overs (Babar Hayat 40, Dan Pascoe 4-0-11-3) by 28 runs
There were predictions for a typhoon this weekend, but thankfully those didn’t pan out. The typhoon changed course, and instead we were gifted with sunny skies and another lovely day for cricket. Over at KCC, Jamie Atkinson won the toss and elected to bat first, on a pitch that had already had 3 PLT20 games played on it. KCC were without Rory Cox, replaced by Sunny Bhimsaria due to injury, while PACC were unchanged from their loss to HKCC last weekend. PACC skipper Tanwir Afzal took the new ball, as he usually does, and bowled his 4 overs straight through for only 18 runs. Meanwhile at the other end Anas Khan and Yasim Murtaza both struck in their first overs, removing Bhimsaria (stumped) and Aizaz (LBW) within the powerplay! Atkinson -coming in at 3- played some nice shots and Simandeep Singh -batting at 4- deposited Yasim for a 6 as the hosts finished the powerplay on 32/2. The next 4 overs brought no boundaries as ‘Ato’ and ‘Simmo’ consolidated, and at the halfway stage KCC were 42/2 – a slow but steady start on a pitch where timing the ball was proving difficult. The pressure being built by PACC was then released when Singh took on Hassan Khan Mohammad for a 4 and a 6 in the 11th over, but the young quick struck back to clean bowl the KCC skipper for 15 on the final ball! Waqas Barkat joined Simandeep in the middle, with the score at 55/3 after 11. Simandeep eased into the 30s with a six off Anas Khan in the 13th, and both batters hit Yasim for a 6 each in the 15th over to signal the charge! However, Waqas fell first ball of the 16th, caught well at deep backward square leg by Hassan, with the score at only 87. Chris Carter joined Simandeep in the middle, and the pair managed to take 45 runs off the final 4 overs! Simandeep hit Hassan for a six in the 17th to bring up his 50 and KCC’s 100, and the two of them took 23 off the 19th over as KCC crossed 130. Yasim gave away only 2 runs for 2 wickets in the final over the minimise the onslaught, as KCC ended on 134/6 in their 20 overs. A decent score, but definitely one that PACC felt they could chase.
The chase started well for PACC. Balal Muhammad saw off Davidson’s first over, and Babar Hayat -promoted to open- took Aizaz for a 4 and a 6 in the 2nd! Dan Pascoe replaced Aizaz and proceeded to snuff out two big wickets in the 4th over – Balal caught & bowled, and Hamed Khan caught behind! He added the wicket of Yasim Murtaza, also caught and bowled, to finish off the powerplay, and PACC found themselves struggling at 26/3! A bad start became worse when a horrible mix-up between Zeeshan and Babar saw both batsmen standing at the same end! KCC completed an easy runout with the wicketkeeper-batsman choosing to walk off, and PACC were 28/4 in the 7th over. Tanwir Afzal announced his intentions with a 6 first ball, and he found the fence a couple more times in the next few overs but was the 5th man to fall – clean bowled by Aizaz in the 11th over! Daniyal Bukhari edged his first ball behind, and after 11 overs PACC were 56/6 and all but out of the contest! Babar and Manjinder Singh attempted to resurrect the innings but could only score 17 runs in the next 4 overs. With the RRR creeping up past 12 RPO, Babar was finally dismissed, caught well by Ashley Caddy at cover off Waqas Barkat in the 16th over! The PACC lower order kept swinging, but the result was never in doubt. The visitors were bowled out just 20 balls later for 106, handing KCC a comprehensive victory. They have finished the group stages with 4 wins in 4 games and have secured a spot in the #PLT20 grand final on 22nd November! Meanwhile the defending champions PACC are now in a difficult position - they now need to beat DLSW heavily and hope USRC do the same to HKCC this weekend if they are to have a chance to defend their title!
- Nitesh Hemlani