Match Report (GRCC vs RICC - Game 2)

RICC won the toss and elected to bat. GRCC lost the 4 toss in a row.

RICC openers started cautiously against good swing bowling by Ramesh and Hari. In 3rd over Mustafa decided to take his chance but mis-timed his shot against a in swinging delivery and was caught at mid-wicket off Ramesh. Next over Moiz was caught brilliantly by diving Kunal at covers. Next batsman Varun was bowled by a peach of delivery from Hari (unplayable in swinger). RICC was quickly down 3 wickets and never recovered. Ramesh, Vishnu, Hari used the breeze to get lots of swing and cleaned up the top order. Surender wrapped last wickets with his spin. RICC were all out for 67. GRCC displayed excellent ground fielding and catching. I would like to mention 3 brilliant catches ; Kunal diving catch in the covers, Ramesh sliding catch on mid-on and Suereder running catch (from cover boundary to almost long-on) were treat to watch.

After a short-break, GRCC started their chase of 68 runs. With merely 68 runs to chase GRCC shuffled their batting order by sending Laxmi and Abhisek to open. But RICC had other plans, they came to field with a fighting spirit and got Abishek out in first over. What followed after that was a drama, which no one expected. Surender was sent as first down, both batsmen played cautiously and when runs dried up both lost wickets to poor shot selection. GRCC was soon in trouble with first 7 for 3 and then 24 for 4. Infused with energy RICC players played attacking cricket placing several fielders inside the circle to restrict then singles. Ajay and Vivek settled the innings and took score to 50+. Then again GRCC had a mini-collapse, trying to finish of the game quickly, GRCC lost Vivek and Hari in quick succession. Ajay who left the field with injury came back to join Rajeev. Scoreboard read 60 for 6, then Ajay got out. Next over Rajeev hit a boundary to tie the score. Scoreboard read 67 for 7. Rajeev then trying to finish the game mis-timed a pull and was brilliantly caught by diving Nadeem. 67 for 8…Vishnu came to crease and finished the game by hitting a six of the first ball he faced.

RICC were displayed excellent ground fielding, catching, and good sportsman spirit.

This was one the game, which saw a rare batting collapse by both the teams. It was sunny day, pitch was perfect for batting but the batsmen had some other ideas, I guess it was one of those games, where nothing worked for batsmen. Call it a fate, most of the batsmen were out to poor shot selection.

Men of the match: Shared between Vishnu and Ramesh. Vishnu: 6 2 10 3 and six to finish the game and Ramesh for 6 0 17 3