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2nd Semi-final Group B - Hawks beat Bats by 58 runs
The much awaited contest between HCCA Hawks and LCC Bats turned out to be a no contest after all. Thanks to a wonderful team effort by Hawks, where 4 of their batsmen made substantial contribution with bat and 4 of their bowlers did the same when it came to bowl, not to forget some great fielding and catching by everyone. After loosing to LCC the previous year in the playoffs and after the controversial wash out early this year during the leagues, Hawks were playing with a chip on their shoulder and were determined to silence all the noise surrounding the contest between these two teams. With a few recognized batsmen not available to play, Hawks felt a little short on the batting side, but that proved to be a no worry as the day went on.
Anticipating rain later in the afternoon and keeping D/L method in mind, Hemant called the toss right and elected to bat first. With very heavy outfield and considerable wind, we knew a score of 160+ would pose problems to the team batting second. Basit and Ashish opened the innings for hawks. Guru opened the bowling for Bats and conceded 15 runs in the first over. Only 2 came of the bat and the rest were extras. Basit was the first man to get out when he tried to pull a delivery which was going down the leg side only to see it brush his gloves and land in the keepers hand. Kris replaced Basit and soon realized that boundaries are tough to come by because of the heavy outfield. Ashish and Kris decided to steal 1's and 2's and protect their wicket and also keeping in mind the net run rate. Next thing you know, Hawks were sitting pretty at 90 for 1 at the end of 15 overs. No risks were taken, just 1's and 2's and it was plenty to cause frustration in the Bats camp. After the break Kris decided to loosen up and hit a couple of nicely timed boundaries before he was undone by a straighter one from Kranti. Kris was out for a well made 44 of 55 balls and the score at the end of 18 overs was 110 for 2. Nimesh started where Kris left and kept the scoreboard ticking. In the next over Kranti accounted for 2 quick wickets in two balls and scorecard quickly changed to 118 for 4 in 20 overs. Ashish made a very patient 31 of 47 balls and was bowled by a straighter delivery. Hawks were a little nervous but. Tushar joined Nimesh and a score of 160 looked very good, but these two had different ideas. Tushar picked up where he had left in the previous game and started smashing the ball to every part of the ground. Nimesh was just being himself, Mr.. Dependable. What a season he is having. Without loosing any further wickets Hawks reached a very good total of 193 for 4 at the end of innings with Nimesh making 34 of 35 balls and Tushar making a statement by smacking 40 of 37 balls.
Hawks Batting 193/4 in 30 overs.
Ashish 31 of 47
Kris 44 of 55
Nimesh 34 of 35
Tushar 40 of 37
Brain 5-0-25-0 ( very unlucky to not get any wickets)
Hawks knew a target of 194 was a good one to defend but they didn't want to take any chances keeping in mind the solid batting line up LCC boasts. Sanjay started the bowling for Hawks and he was right on target from the get go. His in swingers for the left hand batsmen proved to be too good. Hemant was a perfect ally for Sanjay and he struck gold in the very first over, thanks to a amazing catch held by Tinu. At the end of 2nd over Bats were 12 for 1. What happened next was a treat to watch with Sanjay and Hemant on song the batsman were constantly fishing and missing but not for long. Sanjay soon accounted for 3 of the Bats crucial wickets of Raj for 5 of 10, Guru for 0 for 6 (Kris took a stunner at first slip) and Pradeep bowled for 8 of 14. Soon the Bats were reduced to 28 for 4 in 8 overs. Nagesh started where Hemant and Sanjay left and the full choke was on. At the end of 15 overs Bats were 53 for 4. Hawks had Bats where they wanted but with Brian and Biren getting their eye in, anything was possible. After the break Lokesh started in tandem with Nagesh and soon accounted for 3 of Bats wickets in his 3 overs and the game was all but over. The Bats at this point were not playing for a win and were just trying to see off the 30 overs without any further damage. Thanks to a very patient 56 of 68 from Biren the bats ended up with 135 for 8 at the end of 30 overs.
Bats Batting 135/8 in 30 overs.
Biren 56 of 68
Man of the Match - Sanjay Saksena for outstanding bowling.
A special recognition for Tinu for his outstanding fielding throughout the season. He is one of the best fielders in the league.
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