VCC4 v Wanderers 1
July 23rd – VCC Ground 3
Playing XI: Kalyan, Madhu, Karthik, Nagendra, Farhaan, Sundeep, Ali, Rehaan, Ashish, Vishal, and Sono
The weather forecast wasn’t looking favorable, so we decided to prepone the start time to 11:00 am. VCC4 won the toss and elected to field first, as they wanted to bowl out the opponents and chase down the target. And that’s exactly what happened!
Sono and Ashish opened the bowling for VCC4, and it didn’t take long for our bowlers to strike. In the 4th over, Wanderers lost their 1st wicket when their batsman tried to clear the fielder at mid-off, but Ali took an amazing catch. During the second bowling spell by Karthik and Ali, Karthik struck again as the Wanderers’ batsmen felt the pressure to score and ended up handing a straightforward catch to Sono. Karthik completed the over with a wicket maiden! Not long after, Rehaan showcased his brilliance with a direct hit, sending another batsman back to the dugout, leaving Wanderers at 54/3 after 14 overs.
Shortly after, Ali claimed his only wicket of the match with a catch taken by Karthik, completing the over with a wicket maiden as well! In the 3rd bowling spell, Nagendra and Rehaan were introduced into the attack. Both picked up wickets in back-to-back overs, leaving Wanderers struggling at 79/6 after 20 overs. Madhu and Vishal were then introduced, and they bowled perfectly, restricting the opposition from scoring freely. More wickets fell soon after, leaving Wanderers at 98/8. VCC’s younger talent, Farhaan, was introduced and bowled beautifully, making it difficult for the batsmen to play him. Ali made an amazing diving catch to pick up the penultimate wicket, leaving Wanderers at 107/9. Rehaan was re-introduced into the attack and secured the final wicket, bowling out Wanderers for 116.
Farhaan and Madhu were tasked with chasing down 116. After a slow start to the innings, unfortunately, Madhu fell early to an in-swinging delivery that hit the middle stump. Ali came in and, being mindful of the swinging ball, settled in before going after the bowlers. Meanwhile, Farhaan was playing confidently, scoring boundaries through gaps with beautiful shots. Both Ali and Farhaan not only scored boundaries but also ran between the wickets effectively. Farhaan unfortunately got out while trying to clear a fielder. Sundeep came into bat with 30 runs to get, and he and Ali batted beautifully, hitting huge sixes. Sundeep also managed to hit a massive six. Ali finished off the game in the 19th over with a beautiful four. Both Ali and Sundeep remained not out, ending VCC’s batting innings at 118/2.
The Man of the Match award goes to Ali for his outstanding contributions with the ball and bat, along with his excellent fielding and that wonderful diving catch!
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