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.

As always CICC bowlers started off well but in the middle overs were unsuccessful in removing the batsmen especially when the opposition batsmen displayed patience and prudence. Lots of balls beat the bat but not many edges. CICC could and should work on their bowling tactics, specifically in the middle overs. Also lack of experienced bowling may have been the reason for lack of wickets during middle overs. By and large the fielding was not bad with some silly mistakes here and there.

 

Second Innings

Kausar and Chris(Debut) opened the batting for CICC. Both showed good discipline in their approach at the start. DW bowlers were struggling with their line and length resulting in 20 extras already within first 5 overs. DW captain was totally off rhythm and seemed frustrated with his own bowling. After a partnership of 40+ runs an attempt for a quick single costed CICC, Kousar’s wicket (Runout). Kausar was looking good with the bat. Chris (LBW) and Nag departed quickly. Nag was out (caught at midwicket) in the similar fashion as in first match. Koushik and Tushar started to rebuild the innings. Tushar was again steady and disciplined as in previous game. Koushik and Tushar went on to put 50 run partnership, which looked very dangerous for DW. Tushar was caught and bowled by the spin bowler Zubair. A very promising partnership was broken. Wahab, man of the match of previous game, could not show the same patience and discipline as in previous game and was caught at mid on to a nothing shot. Koushik and next batsman Prakahr tried to build the partnership again. But yes, a false approach to attack the spinner by Koushik has costed the wicket again. Koushik got out for a massive top edge, which was high in the air and seemed a catching practice to the opponent team. CICC were under pressure by this time. Naseer started to score some quick runs. Naseer and Prakhar put together good partnership but not for long. Naseer displayed a good mix of application and attack until he was caught at long off because of impatience. Mansoor was runout. Said looked irresponsible with his swinging of bat and injured. All this time Prakhar was holding the fort at one end. Realizing that the innings was almost at its end, he went for a big slog only to get out at mid on. Kamran joins Said for the last wicket. Despite getting injured (because of a blind slog) Said continued batting but was bowled in the end. CICC lost their second match in a row.

Summary

Top order batting unit has failed again. CICC can win matches only if the top order puts in much better performances. The top order is expected to make at least 80% of the required runs. One hopes that CICC trains hard together as a team and learns from their mistakes and bounces back with a complete performance from all departments(batting bowling and Fielding).

Support staff

The support staff of 12th and 13th players (Manjunatha and Ahsen) were excellent. Great team spirit was spotted again.

Man of the Match

Man of the match award goes to Naseer for his much improved batting approach. CICC expects similar and consistent performances from all players in coming games.

Bowling

Masoor 3 wickets Kamran 2 Wickets Prakhar 1 wicket Nag 1 wicket Kausar 1 Wicket

Batting

Koushik 34
Naseer 23
Tushar 12
Prakhar & Kausar 9

CICC never givesup and fights back collectively as a team. (Koushik)