Cricket: ZEK: Concordia v/s VVV (28-May-2016)

Disciplined bowling and Faizal’s fifty gives Concordia 5- wicket victory
VVV: 191-9 in 40 overs (Rayman 65, Phani 2-17)
Concordia:  192-5 in 35.2 overs (Faisal 51)
1st Innings – VVV
After winning the toss, VVV decided to bat first on a clear and sunny afternoon. VVV made a cautious start hoping to take advantage of the fast outfield later. Yash and Phani opened the bowling for Concordia. Yash used his speed and bounce (or no bounce later)  to intimidate the batsmen while Phani restricted the scoring options for the batsmen with his disciplined bowling. Sasanka took a brilliant low catch at gully in Yash’s fourth over to remove Abkari after being hit for two boundaries. Balkison then got out to Phani’s persistent line offering Rajeev a simple catch at silly mid-off. The score then read 35-2.
In came Rayman, who looked experienced and Balkison, a young left handed batsman. Both batsmen looked to attack on the leg side. Aakarshit and Vidhvath bowled well in tandem. Aakarshit bowled aggressively with pace without providing any width to Rayman while Vidhvath was relentless bowling on Balkison’s unfavorable off-side line after being hit for two boundaries in the leg side. Balkison finally gave up giving  a simple catch again to Rajeev in a similar fashion as his namesake. Ayube was the new batsman in who had no intention of scoring. Nakul and Sumedh bowled well during the middle overs offering no pace. Rayman played with intent scoring boundaries and rotating the strike and reached his half century.
Yash and Phani were brought back in to bowl. Ayube was  run out after a momentary brain freeze. Rajeev collected the ball at silly mid-off and ran to the stump removing the bails while the batsman was stranded in the middle of the pitch and thus breaking the 72 run partnership. Aakarshit took a good catch off Phani’s bowling to remove zee for a duck. Phani finished his quota with figures of 2-17. The score was  130 for 5. Yash was unable to control the ball and was disallowed from bowling further after bowling two beamers. Rayman eventually got run out trying to rotate the strike for a well-played 65.
Aakarshit and Vidhvath were brought back to bowl. Both bowlers restricted the lower order batsmen, Aakarshit in particular finished his spell with two consecutive maidens including a wicket and finished with figures of 1-24. Vidhvath removed Shazaaib for a duck before being hit for three boundaries in his last over. He finished with 2-25. Sasanka completed the first innings with a tidy over. VVV had set Concordia a target of 192 runs.
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