Santa Clara won the toss and elected to bat first. The task given to the Sunnyvale team was to field and bowl like they were to defend 120.
Vishnu and Anoop Gunturi were tasked with Opening the bowling for Asteroids with Nabeel coming on first change. The seamers were out of sorts and could not keep the batsmen at check. Sundarapandian from Santa Clara was off to a fast start, he took advantage of erratic bowling and wides also helped their team score. Shashank Shivakumar was brought on first change and he kept things tight which eventually got the much needed wicket of Sundarapandian runout to some sharp work from Akshay and Jimmy. Madhu was brought on 2nd change and immediately struck deceiving the batsmen in flight and Jimmy was quick to remove the bails. Madhu again struck after couple of overs but Santa Clara were still on top going into the break at 62 for 3 in 15 overs.
The next 15 overs were crucial for both teams, Sunnyvale needed to take wickets and if Santa Clara had wickets in hand it they could get a good score on Ortega. Sunnyvale resumed with Athul and Madhu, both bowlers created chances which was not taken by the fielders. Things were moving on well for the batsmen who were contented taking the singles and which got them 2 to 3 runs every over.
Madhu was tiring after a long spell and Arun D replaced him. He immediately got Sujesh out to a good catch by Shashank at point and in the very next ball got Apoorva lbw.
Match was in even balance with Santa Clara looking to consolidate having a good start while Sunnyvale needing to get into the tail. A 20 run partnership was being formed by Santa Clara batsmen who kept things simple and took advantage of the extras and one loose ball bowled every over.
Arun and Madhu were brought back to try to restrict the runs. Both bowlers kept bowling the dots and it resulted in 3 quick wickets. At the end of 30 overs Santa Clara were 103 for 7 still in a good position to get a par score.
After the break Arun decided to bowl himself and Madhu out. Each of them struck with 1 wicket each after the break and Nabeel cleaned up the last batsmen. Santa Clara were all out for 119 in 36 overs.
Madhu and Arun D finished with 4 wickets each.
Chasing 120 was always tricky on Ortega and Sunnyvale needed a good start from their openers. It was great to have Jimmy opening for Asteroids and he provided much needed impetus which was missing for Asteroids in previous games.
He struck 20 runs in the first over hitting 2 big sixes of the left arm quick. He kept hitting a boundary every over and also ran hard between wickets. Sunnyvale reached 50 in just 6 overs with Jimmy scoring 44 out of that. Just as he was looking to score a big one, Jimmy got out trying to clear mid off again but the damage had been done. It was up to the other batters to chip in and take Sunnyvale home.
Sunnyvale lost a few wickets which kept the dug out tense but Athul and Akshay ensured no more wickets were lost and brought home a much needed win.
MOM: Jimmy ( 44 Runs , 1 Stumping , 1 Run Out )
MVP: Madhu ( 4 top order wickets )