Result: Blazers lose against Tracy
Tracy won the toss and elected to bat
Tracy Innings (Hemi: 97:::: Neeraj::::: 91 :::: Sathy: 4 wickets::::: Arun: 2 wickets)
Tracy started their game with Jodha and Hemi in the middle. Team Sunnyvale started the attack with Kiran and Atif. Both of them bowled in good areas, but the openers made good use of the power play and made sure to clear the infield. Any loose ball was promptly dispatched to the boundary. End of fourth over gave Blazers the first of many dropped chances and Tracy openers made sure to capitalize on it. Atif was replaced by Sathy (4 wickets) who was pick of the bowlers and was able to get Jodha clean bowled by a good swinging ball. Hemi continued scoring briskly and Tracy were 75/1 at the end of 13 overs when spin was introduced. There were three or four dropped catches in the next 20 overs and every dropped opportunity was paid in runs. By the second drinks the score was 169/2. With 8 wickets in hand, Tracy was ready to throw their bats at almost every delivery. Hemi made a well-made 97 before getting out to Arun. Neeraj (91) continued in Hemi’s absence and took the score to 301/6 in 50 overs.
Sunnyvale Innings (Jimmy: 49:::: Natty:23::::Pannu: 5 wickets)
Jimmy and Natty started the chase with a bang with especially Jimmy firing all guns. This was the best opening partnership of the season for Blazers and the bowlers including Neeraj were thrashed all around the park. Blazers were all set to make it a comfortable chase. With the required run rate going below the current run rate, Natty lost his wicket guiding the ball to first slip for a well-made 23 to Pannu (5 wickets). The score was 67/1 in 12 overs. Jimmy continued and got out just before the first drinks trying to clear the boundary for 49 with four sixes and two boundaries and the score was 84/2 in 17 overs. The collapse happened after this and Blazers lost all the remaining 8 wickets in the next 17 overs for 120.
The match was lost in the first half when almost five chances were dropped. No need to say how the match would have changed if those chances were not floored.
• Bowling needs to shrug off the dropped chances, not lose focus and create more wicket taking deliveries. Cut down on the scoring opportunities.
• Fielders need to support the bowling; else it will be a wild goose chase in almost every game.
• Batting needs to realize that it is important to bat through and not throw away your wickets even in a losing cause.