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  • Batting: Shirshant - 82(46)*, Shiv - 38(21), Miten - 25(10)* Bowling: Ankit - 2/11, Chetan - 2/22, Shiv - 1/40

SPCC Reds had their first T20 game on June 02, 9:00 AM against BCCC at their home ground, the Kilborne Park. Harsha Reddy, the T20 captain of Reds won the toss and without any hesitation elected to bat first. Shiv and Anand opened the innings and gave a terrific start to the match by blasting fours and sixes in the Power Play overs. Anand being the dominant partner scored 38(21) with 3 fours and 3 sixes and Shiv scored 22(21) which included 1 four and 2 sixes. Mahesh from BCCC got the first breakthrough when he got Shiv caught behind in the 7th over, his 4th over on the trot finishing with decent figures (4-0-1-20). SPCC suffered another blow in the next over when Anand was adjudged LBW of the bowling of Mohammed. Anand was disappointed by the Umpire’s decision. SPCC Reds were reduced from 63 for 0 to 63 for 2 in a matter of two overs. However it was a solid foundation for the middle order to make a good total. Shirshant and Hiren were together at the crease trying to build a partnership after the openers fell. Hiren struck two boundaries which included an awesome cut shot with perfect timing and was looking good. But the running between the wickets was hesitant resulting in a run out where Shirshant called Hiren for a run, while hesitantly saying no Hiren took off for the single, the ball went straight to the point fielder and a decent throw to the bowler, who took the bails off and Hiren was short of the grease. The score was 81/3 in 10 overs. Baseer joined Shirshant and they had a good partnership, with Shirsanth taking most of the strike and hitting some stunning shorts all over the ground. He completed his fifty under 30 balls and was looking dangerous toying with the BCCC bowling line up. Baseer was caught in the deep while trying to score fast in the latter part of the innings and fell for 16 and the score was 162/4. But the partnership was a vital one worth 81 scoring at almost ten runs per over in the middle overs. Then arrived the power hitter Miten who was playing after two months and was settling down initially by rotating the strike, while Shirshant was all guns blazing at the other end. Shirshant scored a brilliant 82 not out including 8 fours and 4 sixes. It was a brilliant innings from him. Some lusty blows (3 sixes) from Miten ensured SPCC Reds reached a commendable 206/4 from 20 overs and he finished not out on 25(10). BCCC started their run chase with the pressure of chasing 10 runs per over and Ankit started brilliantly for SPCC Reds when he clean bowled the opener for a duck of the second ball of the innings with some good outswing. Harsha tried Hiren with the new ball, but he was expensive giving away 20 runs in his 2 overs. However Ankit converted his potential in the nets into the match and picked up the team’s second wicket with his accurate line and swing where the batsmen tried to hit him over mid-off and was caught nicely by Shiv. BCCC were 27/2, but their opener Rohit was playing good while capitalizing on the loose balls offered where he took Harsha for 20 runs of his 1st over. Harsha introduced spin in the form of Shiv and he straight away had the batsmen into a false shot, but Chetan dropped Rohit in deep cover when he was in his thirties. Shiv and Ankit bowled a tight line and BCCC scoring rate was slowed down. Shiv got the third wicket when the batsman trying to hit across the line was caught by Shirsanth of a top edge. Ankit finished with extra ordinary figures of 4-0-2-11 without conceding a wide, which was a major improvement. The 4th BCCC wicket fell to a run out and the score was 71/4. Rohit was once again dropped by Hiren of Shiv’s bowling and he started scoring some runs while the fielding of SPCC Reds was not up to the mark. Miten was introduced into the attack and he bowled well with some good pace and bounce. He did not concede many runs and Rohit who was joined by Mahesh started going against Shiv and scored some runs with the help of some poor fielding from SPCC Reds. Amit and Chetan came to ball next when BCCC needed almost 80 runs from the last 6 six overs. Finally Chetan took Rohit’s wicket when he tried to go across a straight ball and top edged to Baseer at point. Rohit scored 81(53) with lot of chances going in his favor. Amit bowled with good pace, but was not able to get a wicket. Chetan took his second wicket when the batsmen was trying to score fast runs and was caught at mid-wicket by Amit who injured his hand in the process. BCCC were 138/6 and were never close to the target, eventually finished at 156/7. It was a comfortable win for SPCC Reds by a margin of 50 runs with some good batting and bowling. There were a few hiccups in the field in the form of dropped catches and misfields but overall it was a good performance. Shirshant was the man of the match for his brilliant 82 which set the tone for a big total for SPCC Reds.

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