Cricket Switzerland National League (CSNL- 40 overs) journey for CVZ started with a remarkable win over Novartis Cricket Club. Despite the unusual circumstances, the match showcased some exceptional performances and captivating moments. Let's delve into the details of this intriguing encounter and start with the scorecard below. CVZ won the toss and elected to bat first.
Batting Maestro from Ankush Hasani
Ankush Hasani played a remarkable innings, scoring 80 runs off 80 balls, including three fours and three sixes. It was a great display of batting temperament with an intent to bat throughout 40 overs. Effortless hitting on bad deliveries kept the strike rate in check but also respecting the good deliveries, Ankush ensured that he could bat for most of the innings.
Partnerships paved the way for respectful total
Nitin Shah and Vinod Krishnadas provided great support to Ankush and built small partnerships of 34 and 30 runs respectively each. While Vinod was batting, the left- and right-hand combination proved to be tiresome for the opposition due to field changes. Later, Pritesh Purohit provided stability to the innings with a crucial knock of 17 runs and built a quick partnership of 57 runs. CVZ captain Ranjith added quick 15 runs to the total. Even though CVZ lost wickets at regular intervals, these small partnerships helped to build challenging total of 167 runs in 35.0 overs.
Gopi Kandasamy and Rajesh Shanmugasundaram were standout bowlers for Novartis CC, claiming four and three wickets respectively.
Novartis CC batting collapsed against skillful CVZ bowling.
In their pursuit of the target, Novartis CC faced a challenging task. They experienced an early collapse, losing wickets at a rapid pace. In the first three overs, both of their openers were back in the pavilion. The middle order did not make much of an impact either, leaving Novartis CC reeling at 26 for 5. Amidst the collapse, sixth wicket partnership provided some resistance. With the fall of the sixth wicket, given out LBW, Novartis CC decided to concede the match, sighting LBW out decision. The score was 65 for 6 in 14.3 overs.
CVZ has been lethal in their bowling attack. Ankush started with the first blood in his first over. Ranjith shone with the ball, taking three wickets for 13 runs in his 3.3 overs. Shamis Shukoor also made an impact, claiming two wickets for 14 runs in his 2.0 overs. Saurabh Verma bowled a tight line and created few chances but has been unlucky to see them converted.
Both teams showcased commendable performances. In the end, CVZ emerged with full credit for their performance. Cricket is a game of uncertainties, and this match certainly had its fair share. As the players from both teams reflect on their performances, they can draw lessons and come back stronger in their future encounters.