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.
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.
On the whole good discipline, experience, intelligent bowling and sharp fielding from CICC resulted in a good start. Altendorf managed to score 140 runs despite losing 7 wickets for 109 runs. CICC could have restricted them to below 120 runs by bringing in strike-bowlers earlier.
Kausar and Ricky opened the batting for CICC. Ricky got out exactly in the same fash- ion as the opposition opener. CICC Captain Nag joined Kausar to build the innings. A top edge off a full toss ball costed Nag’s wicket. Tushar joined Kausar for innings rebuilding. Kausar was LBW off a sharp ball. As an opener Kausar showed good judg- ment outside off stump. Koushik steps in and joins Tushar. Koushik was bowled in a very dramatic manner. At the other end Tushar showed discipline and good application initially with Ahsen and then with Wahab. Wahab and Tushar steadied the innings and gave hope. But bad communication costed CICC, well set batsmen Tushar. Prakhar and Wahab continued their discipline and raised the hopes again. Wahab showed great discipline and patience in batting. They put on almost 30 runs partnership. Prakhar was dismissed by their best bowler Arif. Naseer got out First ball (LBW). Wahab tried to build a partnership with Mansoor. After almost 20 runs partnership Mansoor fell for a typical tailender shot to deep mid off.
Wahab showed good game awareness and discipline. Tushar applied his experience, but was unlucky. Prakhar showed his batting skills and tried his best to keep the game alive. In the end CICC lost their First match to Altendorf Blue Tigers. CICC Bowling attack was good and good changes from captain led them to wickets. Top order batting unit was terrible. CICC can win matches only if the top order puts in much better performances. One hopes that CICC learns from their mistakes and bounces back with a complete per- formance from all departments(batting bowling and fielding).
The support staff of scorer Byjupaul and 12th and 13th players (Manjunatha and Said Ali) were excellent. Great team spirit was spotted.
Man of tha Match
Man of the match award goes to Wahab for his much improved batting approach and sharp fielding. CICC expects similar performances from all players in coming games.
Ritvik 3 wickets Mansoor 2 wickets Prakhar 2 wickets Kamran 1 Wicket
Wahab 26 notout Prakhar 12 Tushar 10
CICC never givesup and fights back. (Koushik)