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Hawks vs Excaliburs - Hawks win by 11 runs
Excaliburs Vs HCCA Hawks
Hawks Beat Excaliburs by 11 runs.
It was a beautiful day of cricket as the Excaliburs and the Hawks met for a second time to replay their earlier match. Both the Excaliburs and Hawks were going to go to the semi
finals, and thus playing for pride and leadership in the league.To this end this game was a closely fought battle with both sides doing what they could to confirm a win.
The Excaliburs won the toss and put the Hawks to bat. As the Hawks soon found out, this was a good decision to make since the dew on the field made it very difficult to make runs.
Basit and Kaushal opened the innings for the Hawks. Tight bowling by the Excaliburs and a lot of moisture in the grass made it difficult for the Hawks to score early runs. A
superb yorker by Deepak rocked the stumps of Basit and he left for 3(6). Michale Gale walked in next and along with Kaushal started playing beautiful shots as the they started
scoring more briskly. However about the time when Michael was looking more dangerous, another great ball by Deepak caught him leg before for a short 10(13). Kris walked in next
and along with Kaushal made sure to stop any rally by the Excaliburs for more wickets. Nevertheless tight bowling by the Excaliburs slowed down the run rate as Kris and Kaushal
started working the singles and setting up a partnership. At the end of 15 Overs the Hawks were at 78/2 and now looked to speed up the run rate.
A running mixup in the 16th Over between Kris and Kaushal brought Kaushal's innings to an abrupt end as he left for a well made 41(50). Kris soon fell as he tried to slog a good
slower ball by Nikshep only to be caught by Kunwar for 24(30). The Hawks batting still looked strong as veterans Nimesh and Subu took center stage. But the Excaliburs immediately stuck gold twice as Nikshep scalped the wickets of both Nimesh 11(14) and Subu 9(7) early. Hawks were left struggling at 120/6 in the 19th over.
As Hemant captain of the Hawks team and Tushar took center stage in a difficult situation, it looked like the Hawks might be bowled out for a low score. However Both of them took
the game away from the Excailburs as they started hitting brilliant fours and sixes to rattle the Excaibur bowlers. Later Deepak who had bowled brilliantly in the beginning
brought their innings to an end as Hemant left for a well made 24(24) and Tushar for 23(20) bringing the total to 170/8. After some late hitting by Himanshu, the Hawks were
finally bowled out for 178/10 in 29 Overs
The Excaliburs had an easy target ahead of them, as they had to score at a run a ball to win this game. Nikshep and Sentil opened the batting and set about working the bowling as
they maintained a healthy run rate of 6 runs per over. Although Sentil was struggling initially, Nikeshep played some really good shots and made sure that the Hawks were never
able to bog down the scoring. The Excaliburs batted sensibly reaching 85 in 15 overs for no wickets lost, and looked to take the game away from the Hawks. A bowling change by
Hemant in the 16 made all the difference, when the usual wicket keeper Nimesh came in to spin. He struck gold early as he got Sentil out, who spooned a catch to shot midwicket
only to be caught by Hemant Thakkar. Sentil left for a well made 31(25). Nimesh Stuck again immediately when he got Deepak kumar caught behind for 1(3). Sarat Chandra walked in to stem the fall of wickets as Nikshep continued to maintain a healthy run rate though out this time hitting fours and one six to accelerate the run rate. Subu Jayaram came in to
bowl and immediately bowled Sarat Chandra 2(3) and the Excaliburs were left struggling at 120/3. Sudhakar walked in for the Excaliburs and along with Nikshep started working to
steady the ship and ticking the score board along. That changed almost immediately when Paris came in to bowl. He bowled Nikshep for a brilliant 70(46) and then in the next ball
caught Murthi LBW for a duck. Babu Ashok walked in and denied Paris his hattrick as both he and Sudhakar put their heads down to stem the fall of wickets. Nevertheless Basit stuck
soon as Babu spooned a tall catch in his bid to hook a fast one from Basit and Nimesh ran in from deep mid wicket to make a very difficult catch look very easy. Babu left for a
modest 5(5). In walked Manoj, and Paris began where he left off catching Manoj LBW for a duck. The Excailburs looked in deep trouble at 150/7 as Kunwar Singh came in and worked
with Sudhakar to make sure to stop the fall of wickets. However he too left shortly when Paris yet again came in and rattled his wickets sending him back for a modest 10(9).
Immediately after that He caught Rajesh LBW for a duck as the Excaliburs were looking at emminent defeat at 160/9. With 18 runs to make in the last 21 balls, Hemant brought in
Sanjay into the attack. Sudhakar who had been working hard so far to hold on to one end finally tried to speed up the run rate and slashed at a short ball by Sanjay, spooning a
catch to third man, caught by Tushar. Sudhakar Left for a patient and well made 21(18), and the Excaliburs were bowled out for 167 with Paris taking the Man of the Match trophy.
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