DLSW DLIT vs HKCC
HKCC 199/4 in 20 overs (Martin Coetzee 131*, Adit Gorawara 27, Ehsan Khan 4-0-21-1) beat DLSW DLIT 182/8 in 20 overs (Waqas Khan 53, Charlie Wallis 4-0-18-2) by 17 runs
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HKCC won the toss on a sunny afternoon and elected to bat first. Coetzee kicked things off with a boundary 4th ball, but Mohsin Khan struck two balls later to dismiss Ninad Shah for a golden duck, caught well by Ehsan Khan at 2nd slip. Mohsin almost had Coetzee in the 5th over too – the batsman flicking him to the fielder at deep square leg, who then dropped a tricky catch. Martin was on 26 at that time, and would proceed to cash in on the reprieve, bringing up his 50 off 41 balls in the 10th over. His partnership with Kinchit Shah (batting at 3) yielded 75 runs in 57 balls, the HK vice-captain scoring 23 off 18 before being caught in the deep off Ghazanfar’s bowling in the 11th. Ehsan Khan added the wicket of Rory Caines the following over, and after 12 HKCC were 93/3 and the game was evenly poised. Coetzee was batting on 66 off 48 at the time and had already shown glimpses of his big hitting abilities, but few would have predicted what was to come. He was joined by Adit Gorawara and the pair hit 86 runs off the next 41 balls – Martin scoring 59 of those in just 17 deliveries, bringing up his first ever 100 on Hong Kong soil in the process! He did have a bit more luck go his way, with another tough chance being dropped at deep square leg when he was on 98, but by and large he had no difficulties taking on the experienced DLSW bowling attack. Adit was dismissed by Dhananjay Rao for a useful 27 off 24 balls in the 19th over, and Coetzee and Haroon both cleared the ropes in the 20th as HKCC ended on 199/4. Martin finished unbeaten on 131 off just 71 balls, hitting a total of 15 fours and 7 sixes – a stunning HKPL debut, and a brilliant start to the #PLT20 !
The runchase started decently for DLSW, with a steady 53 run opening partnership between Ibraheem Ishaq and Ikram Hussain. However, with 12 overs to go DLSW still needed a further 147 runs – a RRR of 12.25. Legspinner Luke Jones was brought into the attack and struck right away, dismissing Ibraheem 1st ball caught smartly by Ryan Buckley down at long-off. He repeated this trick in his next over, with Ikram Hussain dismissed in nearly identical fashion, and after 10.1 overs DLSWCC were 74/2. Waqas Khan was joined by Ehsan Khan in the middle, and after a quiet 11th over, Ehsan exploded, hitting Jones for 4 sixes and a boundary in the 12th over, taking 30 off it! That huge over propelled DLSW 114/2 in 13 overs, leaving them with 86 to win from 42 balls with two of their best batsmen at the crease. Unfortunately for DLSW, Ehsan was dismissed 1st ball of the 13th, caught well at long-off by Haroon Arshad off the bowling of Martin Versfeld. Waqas Khan hit a four and a six later that over, and managed to clear the ropes in the 14th and 15th over as well, but HKCC kept striking back, taking the wickets of Mehran Zeb and Upul Rupasinghe. Aftab Hussain walked out to bat in the 16th and hit a couple of clean sixes in the next two overs, which meant that DLSW were still in the game at the start of the 18th. They needed 33 to win off the last 12 balls, with Waqas Khan batting on 52* off 26, and Aftab Hussain 17* off 7. Charlie Wallis – who had bowled impressively all day – was entrusted with this important over and delivered, dismissing Aftab first ball, caught well at point by Kinchit Shah. Martin Coetzee then made his presence felt one last time, with a sharp bit of fielding to run-out Waqas Khan 2 balls later, essentially sealing the game for the hosts. The DLSW lower order tired their best, but ultimately the visitors fell short of their target by 17 runs. HKCC emerging winners of Game 1 of the CHK PLT20!