Kala’s guns beat Ramdas’ troops
BY : SYED WASEEM AFZAL.
What a talent brigade this is? Kaladharan’s guns (CSS) churned out an uncompromising application of bowling and an emphatic display of meaningful batting to overpower Ramdas’ troops (Muscat CC) by 5 wickets on Thursday in a top of the draw clash of the ongoing CSS Homeward Bound Trophy for the XVI Sharjah Ramadan Floodlit cricket tournament – A Division, conducted by the Sharjah Cricket Council.
The powerhouse of UAE cricket - CSS delivered a chilling message of intent - the key to the success in cricket is discipline at a constant level and they were streets ahead in this area and it was clearly reflected in their win.
CSS who have now pocketed two wins from as many games also underlined their belief on the adage - Concentrate on top-class bowling and batting, the rest will take care of itself.
In pursuit of a stiff victory target of 163, CSS riding on gritty knocks from their frontline batsmen polished off the requirements in 34.1 overs for the loss of 5 wickets.
It wasn't a blistering reply, but it was a master-class in how to chase with minimum risk. Placement rather than power was the key to their tactics and though Muscat CC bowled tidily, CSS always had the game in the palm of their hands.
An incomparable unbeaten cameo of 30 from man of the match Kashif Ahmed irrefutably took the match away from their rivals after Syed Maqsood (29) and Shashikanth (28) had laid the ingredients for the chase with neat little knocks.
Hemin (2 for 30) was the pick of the bowlers.
Earlier, CSS bowlers kept a tight stranglehold over the proceedings and never allowed the game to get out of their grip with a restrictive bowling spree.
Talented performers, Sameer Nayak (2 for 22) and Naseem Khan (2 for 29) lived up to their top billing and delivered telling blows as Muscat CC despite significant contributions from their key players managed a below par total of 162 for 8 in the allocated 35 overs.
Hemal intervened when his team needed a boost and he provided that with a splendidly paced knock of 35 while Ajit (33), Hemin (30) and Vaibhav (30) all gave their team a toehold but their inability to build on starts eventually proved to be their undoing.
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Friday, November 07, 2003.
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