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CHK Premier League T20 2019-20 - Match 4 Review - USRC vs DLSW - 14th September 2019 at TKRRG

16 September 2019

Diasqua Little Sai Wan Cricket Club DLIT (151/7 in 20 overs, Israr Ahmed 38, Waqas Khan 38, Ehsan Muhammad 4/19) beat United Services Recreation Club (95/7 in 20 overs, Ahsan Abbasi 25, Ghazanfar Mohammad 3/16) by 56 runs

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It was tough going with the bat this past Saturday at Mission Road, as DLSW DLIT put in an outstanding bowling effort to pick up a 56-run victory over USRC. The highest score from either side was just 38 – scored by both Waqas Khan and Israr Ahmed – with Ehsan Khan (32) the only other batsman to cross 30. The three of them took DLSW DLIT to 151 in their 20 overs, before the bowling attack turned in a near-flawless performance to restrict USRC to just 95/7.

After calling correctly at the toss, Ehsan Khan opted to bat first, with DLSW CC fielding just one change in the XI. Munir Dar -unavailable due to personal reasons- being replaced by Ikram Hussain – another player making his Hong Kong club cricket debut. USRC went in with an unchanged XI from the side that lost to KCC last weekend.
DLSW DLIT were given a flying start by Shahid Wasif, who cracked four boundaries in the first three overs. However, he departed early in the 4th, LBW to Ahsan Abbasi’s off-breaks for 17. This brought Waqas Khan to the middle, and for the next few overs, the runs dried up. Imran Arif opted for spin at both ends to start the innings, and after 7 overs it seemed to be paying off – DLSW DLIT 36/1 and struggling.

That is, until the 8th over. Israr Ahmed took Abbasi for two big sixes, and Waqas Khan hit one off the final ball too, for a total of 20 runs. The shackles had been broken, and a further 17 runs came off the following two overs. Left-arm seamer Muhayam Zaman dismissed Israr in the 11th over, caught skying one to backward point, but Ehsan Khan kept the score ticking along with Waqas, and after 15 overs DLSW DLIT were sitting comfortable at 105/2.

Ehsan Khan hit a six early in the 16th over off Ehsan Muhammad to signal his intent, but the 16-year old left arm spinner struck back just two balls later, getting Waqas Khan bowled on the sweep, before getting debutant Ikram Hussain caught and bowled for a first ball duck. Ehsan Khan took another six and two boundaries off the 18th over, before holing out first ball of the 19th – becoming Ehsan Muhammad’s third scalp of the day. Haroon Arshad was bowled just a couple of balls later, as the young spinner ended with the fantastic figures of 4/19 – the best haul by any bowler in the PLT20 competition so far, and enough to see him jump to the top of the wicket-taking charts for the series. Sheryar Khan picked up another wicket in the final over, but got hit for a six by Ghazanfar Mohammad off the penultimate ball, as the final 5 overs returned 46 runs for the loss of 5 wickets. DLSW DLIT finished on 151/7, seemingly a par score on a pitch that was a bit slow and uneven, but with the caveat of having rather small boundaries, as 5 lost balls across the DLSW DLIT innings would attest to.

DLSW DLIT opened the bowling with left-arm pacer Mohsin Khan, and got off to a dream start - Mohammad Umar caught at slip second ball, Ikram Hussain taking an excellent catch to his left. He finished with a maiden over, followed by left-arm spinner Aftab Hussain reeling off a maiden over to Skhawat Ali at the other end. 0/1 in 2 overs, and USRC were already behind the eight ball.

This was just the start of the squeeze though, and runs continued to prove elusive during Mohsin’s and Aftab’s opening spells. They barely bowled a bad ball between them, and made full use of the unpredictable nature of the surface, with Mohsin finding a hint of swing and Aftab a bit of turn. Skhawat and Ahsan Abbasi each picked up a boundary early on, but struggled to score much else, and after 8 overs USRC were 25/1 and in trouble. Haroon Arshad and Ghazanfer Mohammad came on to replace them and kept the pressure up, with Skhawat Ali eventually succumbing to Ghazanfer in the 10th over, the score reading 32/2, and the required run rate now above 12 RPO and climbing. USRC had gone 9 whole overs scoring only in dots and singles before Imran Arif cleared the ropes in the 13th over. Abbasi found the fence early in the 14th, but was bowled on the reverse sweep just two balls later. Imran Arif was then stumped to end the over, Ghazafer picking up his third wicket, and USRC were left reeling on 52/4.

From there on in it was a bit of a formality. Sheryar Khan and Zakir Hayat hit a few sixes between them, and Daniyal Butt looked good on his way to 13* off 14 balls, but USRC were always going to fall well short of the target. Despite scoring more runs off their final 4 overs than DLSW did – 38/1 compared to 36/3 – they ended 56 runs short, not even able to cross 100. The DLSW DLIT attack bowled exceedingly well – they stuck to their plans, used their variations to great effect, and gave very little for the USRC batsmen to go after.

An outstanding display for the young side to pick up their first win of the season, with skipper Ehsan Khan leading from the front. If you missed the game, you can catch a full replay of the match on our YouTube page!

Man of The Match: Ehsan Khan

- Nitesh Hemlani