Date and place-21 June 2023, Wanica Ground
VCC starts again with a mixed team of a few specialized bass men and many all-rounders. A similar approach to the first game, having fun in the game with the intention of winning. To add some drama to the match, it was father-son rivalry with Amrit and Samrit’s father playing against them in Wanica!
VCC T20 squad: Naman (c), Amiet, Sundeep, Samrit, Saif, Saikiran, Mohsen, Amrit, Gaurav, Naqvi and Nitesh.
VCC won the toss and chose to bat first, given the small boundaries and to get a better read on conditions on an away ground. Conditions were perfect for an exciting game of cricket.
After an early wicket loss by Amiet, Sundeep and Naqvi calmed down with a steady partnership to lay a foundation. Both hit some wonderful boundaries and a huge six to improve the run rate. Sundeep quickly felt himself addressed by a fast swinging delivery, followed by Mohsen who certainly managed to maintain his form from the first t20. Naqvi soon fell in the next over after scoring 26 off 19 balls. Mohsen kept the run rate going by hitting 19 balls in an over, but soon lost his wicket after a quick score of 31 off 15 balls. Saikiran also followed with a six-over mid-wicket. VCC was in trouble after losing 6 wickets and the scorecard did not look good at 96-6 at the end of 11 overs.
If it wasn’t Samrit’s day with the bat, his brother Amrit took matters into his own hands to get VCC back into the game. He batted very sensibly and aggressively along with Nitesh who played the role of anchor in their partnership. Amrit showed some nice intentions and caused the Wanica bowlers problems, but unfortunately Nitesh could not convert the start he got and soon fell in the 18th over.
Naman quickly fell as he tried to increase the score after hitting a six in the 19th over, followed by Amrit who played beautifully for his 57 off 29 balls. VCC ended their innings at 187 with one ball to go. This was not the par score VCC had expected and they felt that they might be 15-20 runs short.
Wanica got off to an energetic start and gave VCC’s bowlers a tough go. Mohsen grabbed a wicket early on, but that seemed to be the only joy for VCC. Wanica’s batsmen played as if they were in a hurry to rush somewhere and at one point they maintained a run-rate of 13! Amrit, who had a great day on the field, finally, with support from his captain, pulled away the in-form batsmen for Wanica with a good catch. With a scoreboard of 126-2 at the end of the 12th over, Wanica was still in a strong position, but the Singh brothers had other plans Samrit finally had his moment of the day with the support of Naqvi’s excellent catch to knock out another many scoring batsmen for Wanica.
But with victory in sight, Wanica’s batsmen kept on their feet and at the end of the 18th over they needed only 7 runs in the last over. With Wanica’s skipper at crease going through the roof with a strike rate of almost 300, Gaurav had his redemption after giving too many runs in his first 3 overs, he struck gold by getting the skipper out and allowed only 4 runs in his last over.
The stage was set cometh the hour cometh the man, the skipper bowled the last over with only three runs to defend. In the last over, two run outs fell, including a straight hit to the wickets by Saikiran that gave VCC further hope. With two runs left to win the last bowl Naman bowled the batsmen and snatched victory from the clutches of defeat through his excellent bowling. VCC bowlers and fielders worked very well as a team and pulled the game away from Wanica. Amrit gave an all-around performance and was definitely man of the match. But it was Naman’s calm head and excellent last over that won the match.
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