Second Regional Liga match vs Deutsche Welle (DW) Venue – Bonn 14th April 2018

Again a good weather for a perfect cricket. CICC players were very confident to get a win.

CICC again won the toss and chose to bowl and put DW to bat.

First Innings

CICC skipper continued the strategy of opening the bowling with a mixture of spin and pace bowling attack of Kausar and Mansoor. DW Openers adopted cautious approach to the batting which sort of became the template of DW innings. Kausar was successful in building pressure on the openers with turn and flight. At the other end Mansoor provided the first breakthrough for CICC in his second over, when opener Waqas was caught behind by Koushik thanks to a big inside edge. Prakhar, who replaced Kausar, struggled to find his rhythm initially because of some discomfort caused by unevenness of the run-up area. The introduction of Kamran resulted in back to back blows for DW. Kamran removed No. 3 batsmen, who’s impatient slog was caught by Wahab. The very next ball, a quick fire bouncer from Kamran, was gloved straight to the slipper -¿ Chris (debut). Quick wickets by CICC and a change of the end fired up Prakhar to join the party with a wicket, down the leg side, caught effortlessly by keeper. This was a great start for CICC with 4 wickets down in 15overs for just 40 runs. The new batsmen at the crease, Tojo and Shipon rebuilt the innings again. They were quick to pounce on bad balls and defend/leave the good ones. Tojo, in particular, went on to score half century and was very well supported by Shipon. This batting gameplan was exactly what CICC was striving to achieve. Nag manages to break the 60+ run partnership by removing Shipon LBW. Tojo’s game plan results in DW scoring almost 200 runs despite being 4 down for 40 runs. The reintroduction of Kausar provided the wicket of Tojo thanks to some sharp stumping from Keeper. The rest of DW batsmen did not make much contri- bution to their score. In the end it took CICC 45+ overs to take 10 wickets.

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First Regional Liga match vs Altendorf Blue Tigers Venue – Dusseldorf 8th April 2018

It was a good feeling to be back on the cricket Field for a new season against Altendorf Blue Tigers. Weather was perfect for a day of cricket

CICC captain Nag won the toss and elected to bowl First.

First Innings

Opening Bowlers Kausar and Mansoor (debut) showed good discipline in line and length. Kausar was unlucky not to get any wicket. Despite getting beaten by the ball quite often, Altendorf Blue Tigers were to get off to a good start. Opening batter Naseeb was runout by the ever vigilant Koushik (CICC Keeper), when the opener inadvertently walked out of the crease thinking the ball was dead. Other opener kept the momentum going by building a solid partnership (55 runs) with the one down batsmen, Haroon. Prakhar provided the second break through for CICC, when Haroon was caught by young lad Naseer at long on. CICC’s experienced bowler Ritvik joined the party by getting the opener caught again by Naseer at long on. This young lad once gain proves that he has a safe pair of hands. Sharp fielding by Wahab (debut) costed Altendorf another wicket in quick succession. Looking for wickets, CICC captain went back to his debut opening bowler Mansoor Khan, who responded with two wickets via his clean pace and Hasan Ali style celebrations. Batsmen were left clueless for his bullet pace. Another debutant Kamran also took his first wicket with very good ball to the lefty batter for a good nick and caught behind. This is a very good start for CICC debut bowlers. Although Kamran was a bit erratic in his line and length which can be attributed to nerves. Ritvik again came in and gave two good breakthroughs for CICC. In the end prakhar finished off the Altendorf innings.

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