Author: Manoj Gangwar Date submitted: Oct 14, 2016
2016 CTCL - T20 Weekly Report - Quarter Finals
CSU Rams Vs Chennai warriors
CSU Rams Vs Chennai warriors
Its playoffs time and CSU Rams squared off against the Chennai Warriors at Fort Collins. CSU Rams won the toss and chose to bowl and got off to a really good start with Srinivas getting Senthil out of the second ball of the innings. CSU Rams picked wickets at regular intervals and did not let Warriors score easy runs at all. Sagar Bijjam had phenomenal figures of 4 overs 5 wickets for just 5 runs. One notable moment in the match was the diving catch by Srinivas to get Srinivasan out of the bowling of Chaitanya. Piyush from the Warriors was the only guy who stood still and scored 12 as Warriors were bundled out for 47 in 19.3 overs.
CSU Rams got off to a terrible start as well as they lost their top three for 7 runs. But Sagar and Sridhar stayed calmly till the end not making any mistakes, knowing the stakes of this game and that a victory would put them into the semis. Sagar scored 16 making sure he brought the Rams home while Sridhar top scored with 28 off just 21 balls having taken it slowly at the beginning and exploding at the end scoring two sixes and a boundary to finish the game.
Sagar Bijjam was awarded the Man of the match for his amazing bowling performance and the CSU Rams now face the Cheetahs on Sunday in what will be a thrilling encounter. The last time these two met was during the league stage when CSU Rams chased the Cheetahs target with two balls and a wicket to spare. This meeting will no doubt be a Clash of the Titans who want to desperately put their foot in the finals and one hand on the cup!
Jaguars Vs Indian Hawks
Indian Hawks (IH) won the toss and elected to field first considering the moisture/dew still on the field and the pitch. Jaguars had a disastrous start losing Mrugesh for 0 in the very 1st over. Shanthi (1) and Naveen (4) followed and Jaguars were 3/20 in 5 overs. IH bowlers stuck to a tight light and let the wet pitch do its trick. Rohit struck heavy blows by claiming Pankaj (4) and Manoj as well and the Jaguars score was 5/33 at half time. AmitT and ravi tried to steady the innings but were unable to keep the scoreboard ticking. Sai had both of them caught behind and the IH seemed to be in full control. Venky was Rothith’s 4th wicket and Jaguars were looking to save some pride. At such a time, Azim came in and played with absolutely no pressure and smashed the ball all over the park. With three huge 6’s and three 4’s, he scored an unbeaten 39 and Apurva supported him well with 9 runs. Jaguars finished with a much more respectable score of 100.
With neither teams having played against one another, it was difficult to guess if IH would be able to overcome the precision of Jaguars bowling attack. Kuldeep struck in the 1st and 3rd overs to remove Harish and Satish while Apurva took a splendid catch off of Venky to get the wicket of Partheeban. Kavish took the wicket of Venkatesh C when he had him caught by Kuldeep at long off. Pankaj had Harikrishna caught by Venky and the wickets kept falling. Rohith was the highest scorer for IH with 16 that included a 4 and a 6. However, Azim bowled a brilliant spell and claimed the wickets of Rohith, Gopu, and Sai in quick successions. Shanthi showed some spirited fast bowling but was unlucky to go without a wicket. Venky and Manoj cleaned up the IH tail. Finally, IH were all out for a score of 66 in the 15th over.
MoM: Azim Malikzada (39 NO & 2-0-12-3)
Spartans Vs Buffs
Buffs won the toss and elected to bat first.
Spartans bowlers Sandeep and Avinash started off the proceedings with good line and length and picking both the buffs openers in the power play and restricted them to 10/2 in 4 overs. Buffs trying to score runs lost wickets continuously and with no decent partnership were all out for 51 in 18.1 overs. Manohar from Buffs scored 11(29) is the highest scorer. Spartans bowlers Sandeep 4/9, Abhishikth 3/4 and Avinash 2/14 were the notable bowlers.
Chasing 52 to win Spartans lost 3 quick wickets to Buffs bowler Kaushik who bowled good loop into the batsmen. At the end of 5 overs Spartans were 12/3 and Buffs were very much in the game until Chaitanya came to bat. Chaitanya and Akash scored runs consistently without taking any risks and chased target in 12.3 overs. Kaushik 3/12 from Buffs is best of the bowler. Chaitanya 27(21) is top scorer from Spartans.
Chaitanya 27(21) & Sandeep Lambu 4/9 from Spartans were awarded man of the match.
Spartans won the game by 7 wickets.
RCC Vs Scorpions
It was another sunny afternoon and all set for a perfect quarter finals super league match between Scorpions and RCC. Both are strong teams and in good form and the match expected to be very tough and tigh match and it was indeed at the end.
RCC won the toss and chose to bat first.
Scorpions started their bowling with Chida and Abhishek and both gave exceptional start to Scorpions. Abhishek got wicket of Vikesh in his first over and immediately Chida got wickets of Debanjan Ghosh and Elango in next over to give a huge break through to Scorpions and pushed RCC to back foot and gave a perfect start in knock out game. After couple overs Chida grabbed wicket of Adarsh to restrict RCC to 13/4 at the end of 7 overs. Vikranth and Sudharshan tried to stabilize the innings but Sudharshan got run out in 10th over after hitting a huge six in the previous over. RCC were 32/5 at the end of 10 overs. After the break Vikranth and Satish Kanagala both tried to play sensibly and rotate strike and also with few aggressive shots. When they were about to build a partnership Abhishek gave a breakthrough in his final over because of exceptional and unbelievable catch by Sudhir at mid wicket. Satish and Srinivas Tekkam played sensibly and built a partnership of 33 runs before Satish got out to Satish dhanekula in 18th over due to a diving catch by Mantha. In the second half RCC managed to recover well and reached to a score of 89/8 in 20 overs with the help of Satish and Tekkam.
Scorpions started their innings with Satish and Danny and Satish gave a perfect start to Scorpions by scoring 2 fours in first over. RCC recovered well in further overs and put pressure on Scorpions by not giving runs easily. Satish got out in 5th over after trying to hit a shot on the leg side in Sudharshan bowling. Immediately after few balls Atif got out in Sudharshan bowling due to caught behind of an excellent ball. RCC were thumped up and they started putting more and more pressure on Scorpions by not giving away runs easily and they got wicket of Vikram in vikranth over to put tremendous pressure on Scorpions. Mantha joined Danny and after the break they both started playing positively and in particular Mantha played very well by playing his shots naturally and started getting runs for scorpions. Mantha played a cameo of 27 in 22 balls and also built 2 partnerships with the help of Danny and Sudhir and kept scorpions in chase through out. Mantha got out in 17th over when he tried to accelerate scoring and Scorpions were still in need of 19 runs in 22 balls. Chida joined Sudhir and they both played very sensibly with our any pressure and scored runs without taking any risks. Sudhir scored 11 runs and Chida scored 9 runs in 7 balls and both picked gaps and took lot of 2 runs and reached the target in 19.4 overs and made sure no wicket was lost and gave a perfect and well deserved win for Scorpions.
Chida Cheedella was unanimously chosen Man of the match for his outstanding bowling spell and scoring winning runs when the team needed.
Umpires did good job and there were no issues in the match.
Cheetahs Vs Denver Stars
Cheetahs won the toss on the day of the Quarter Finals and elected to field first.
Denver Stars started off very slowly and losing wickets at regular intervals to some superb bowling by Deepak and Satyam. Cheetahs continued bowling with venom and restricted Denver Stars to a paltry score of 74 runs in 20 overs.
Cheetahs started off with fireworks from Satyam and Manjeet finishing off the match as in just half the overs.
It was an absolutely crushing victory for Cheetahs and made their way into the Semi- Finals.
Manjeet Inamdar was awarded the MoM for his lusty blows making 30 runs.