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D2 Cricket League – Day 2

Game Title: D2 Cricket League – Day 2
Date: April 10, 2010
Game Location: IOE Ground, Pulchowk
Game Coordinator: Mukesh Sah, Ritesh Sapkota, Abhishek Gupta
Photos: Ravi Sharma, Suyesh Nepal
Photo Captions: Prajowal manandhar, Suyesh Nepal, Pravinda Ranjit, Keshab Ghimire and others
Report: Keshab Ghimire, Nishikar Sapkota
Creative Support: Sangharsha Bhattarai

It was one heck of a thrilling day in the D2 cricket tri-series 20-20. We witnessed two intensely dramatic matches of the highest quality.

The first game was between Operations and R&D. Players and supporters of both sides were at the IOE ground at 7 A.M. sharp. However, there was some bad news in store. The students of IOE decided to have their own cricket match in the morning. Disappointingly, we were made to wait until 11 A.M. But, as anyone present on the ground that day will tell you, the wait was worth it!

The Operations team had lost their captain Anup Sharma due to a finger injury from the previous game. They were being led by cricket’s ultimate fanatic, the man himself, Ashutosh Mishra. Operations won the toss and elected to bat first. A lot was expected from the electric opening duo of Bishesh and Prajowal, especially after their incredible performance in the previous game, and sure enough they didn’t disappoint. Once again they built a steady opening stand of 42 runs and set the stage for fireworks. The R&D bowlers looked down and out. But, after the first wicket fell, R&D looked to capitalize and trigger a collapse. However, Operation’s star player, Suman Shrestha had other ideas. With some sensational shots to the boundary he silenced his skeptics once and for all. R&D did fight back though and once again the Ops middle order crumbled. It took some late batting heroics from the ever resilient Bhuwan Gautam to take Operations up to a respectable total of 117 runs.

It was always going to be a tough chase for R&D but they were not going to go down without a fight. Opener Ashish Lamichhane fell prey to some fine bowling by Suman Shrestha but Subodh Gurung played a classy knock of 19 runs to keep R&D in the hunt. It was a day of wides and byes. It soon became pretty clear that if R&D were going to win then it would be due to some undisciplined bowling from Ops. It was a race between extras and dot balls. Shishir Adhikari did play a steady innings of 25 runs but simply couldn’t get enough balls to the fence. At one stage the lanky Amendra Shrestha came out to bowl but had to retire due to cramps after just two deliveries. Clearly, the heat was mounting and so was the tension in both camps. 38 required of the last five overs …. 27 from 24 …. 17 from 12… and as expected the match went down to a nerve racking final over. Biraj Shakya was entrusted with the final six deliveries. R&D required 8 runs for victory. But ice man Biraj kept his cool and bowled a tight line. The R&D batsmen buckled under the pressure. Even the usually brilliant Ritesh Sapkota couldn’t get the ball away and Biraj ended up giving just 2 runs off the final over to hand a thrilling five runs victory to the Operations team.

Second match between R&D and QA started only at about 2.30. Both teams were playing their third match with the aim of adding 2 more points clearly. R&D won the toss and was elected to bat first. Aashish played his all over’s matches from first match and scored the 33 runs out of 38 balls and the team set the target of 137 by playing for whole 20 over with the loss of 5 wickets scoring 136 runs. Now it was the turn of QA’s team to chase the highest target in this tournament. Their performance was average initially. The score was 66 runs with the loss of 8 wickets at 12th over. 9th wicket partnership took the score up to 93 runs at 17th over. At last 3 over, the outstanding batting of Sajan Sangraula took the score 120 at 19th over. The situation was to make 17 runs at six balls with last wicket remaining in the hand. The batting of sajan continued with same pace with the help of Deepak and the team could make only 15 runs at last over and loosed the game with only one run. Sajan scored 28 runs out of 23 balls.

First Match

Team Operation vs Team R&D

Team Operation won by 5 runs.
Team Operation’s Inning (20 overs maximum)

Bisesh Maharjan lbw b Chiranjib 8 18 1 0 44.44
Prajowal Manandhar b Ritesh 5 12 0 0 41.67
Biraj M. Shakya lbw b Chiranjib 0 3 0 0
Suman Shrestha b pravinda 17 16 4 0 106.25
Anish Tuladhar b Ritesh 9 3 2 0 300
Mukesh Sah b Pravinda 4 7 0 0 57.14
Deepak Maharjan c Subodh b Pravinda 0 4 0 0
Amendra Shreshta lbw b Ritesh 5 8 1 0 62.50
Asutosh Mishara b Subodh 10 9 2 0 111.11
Bhuwan Gautam b Chiranjib 10 7 2 0 142.86
Prabash Jha not out 0 4 0 0
Extras (lb 2 b 10 w 36 nb 1) 49
Total (10 Wickets ; 17.1 overs) 117

Fall of wicket

Bowling

Player O M R W Econ (n w)
Subodh Gurung 4 0 17 1 4.25 (5 w)
Ritesh Sapkota 4 0 26 3 6.50 (9 w)
Chiranjib K. Karna 3.1 0 17 3 5.38 (10 w)
Dipesh S 1 0 14 0 14 (5 w)
Pravinda Ranjit 2 0 6 3 3.00 (2 w)
Dipin Sherstha 3 0 25 0 8.33 (5 w)

Team R&D’s Inning (20 overs maximum)

Player Bowler R B 4s 6s SR
Subodh Gurung c & b Suman 17 30 3 0 56.67
Aashish Lamichhane lbw b Anish 0 5 0 0
Shisir Adhikari st Prajowal b Bishesh 28 49 3 0 57.142
Pawan KC lbw b Bisesh 3 12 0 0 25.00
Dipin Shrestha b Bishesh 5 9 1 0 55.56
Ritesh Sapkota run out Prajowal 2 4 0 0 50.00
Dipesh M run out Biraj 0 3 0 0
Asim Khanal not out 1 1 0 0 100.00
Pravind Ranjit not out 0 1 0 0
Extras (lb 4 b 8 w 43 nb 1) 56
Total (7 Wickets ; 20 overs) 112

Bowling

Player O M R W Econ (n w)
Suman Shrestha 4 0 20 1 5.00 (10 w)
Bishesh Manandhar 4 0 21 3 5.25 (9 w)
Biraj M Shakya 4 0 17 0 4.25 (4 w)
Ashutosh Mishra 4 1 24 0 6.00 (8 w)
Anish R Tuladhar 3 1 15 1 5.00 (11 w)
Amendra Shrestha 0.2 0 0 0 (0 w)
Mukesh Sah 0.4 0 3 0 4.48 (1 w)

Second Match
Team R&D’s vs Team QA
Team R&D’s Inning (20 overs maximum)

Player Bowler R B 4s 6s SR
Subodh Gurung c Abhisek b Satyajeet 14 21 1 0 66.67
Aashish Lamichhane b Satyajeet 33 38 5 0 86.85
Shisir Adhikari b Abhisek 14 16 2 0 87.50
Tejaswi Rana b Abhisek 16 23 1 0 69.57
Ritesh Sapkota not out 20 10 3 0 200
Dipin Shrestha not out 1 3 0 0 33.33
Extras (lb 3 b 6 w 29) 38
Total (5 Wickets ; 20 overs) 136

Bowling

Player O M R W Econ (n w)
Utsav P 2 0 10 0 5 (3 w)
Prabhat S 3 0 21 0 7 (5 w)
Abhisek Gupta 4 0 24 2 6 (11 w)
Manish D 4 0 28 0 7 (4 w)
Satyajeet Sah 4 0 15 2 3.75 (5 w)
Pratik Joshi 3 0 29 0 9.67 (1 w)

Team QA’s (20 overs maximum)

Player Bowler R B 4s 6s SR
Pratik Joshi c Ritesh b Subodh 0 3 0 0
Aakash D Shakya lbw b Subodh 6 18 0 0 33.33
Abhisek Gupta c Shisir b Dipesh 21 25 2 0 84
Satyajeet Sah b Dipesh 0 2 0 0
Prabhat M. Saiju lbw b Pragya 2 4 0 0 50
Manish Dhakal lbw b Ritesh 3 7 0 0 42.86
Adam Manandhar b Pragya 1 5 0 0 20
Utsav Pokharel b Ritesh 0 2 0 0
Sajan Sangraula not out 28 23 4 0 121.74
Awanish Ranjan lbw b Subodh 11 12 2 0 91.67
Deepak V. not out 10 6 1 0 166.67
Extras (lb 2 b 11 w 38 nb 2) 53
Total (9 Wickets ; 20 overs) 135

Fall of wicket

Bowling

Subodh Gurung 4 0 15 3 3.75 (5 w)
Ritesh Sapkota 4 0 15 2 3.75 (6 w)
Dipin Sherstha 2 0 18 0 9 (8 w)
Dipesh S 4 0 29 2 7.25 (12 w)
Pragya Ratna Bajracharya 4 0 27 2 6.75 (4 w)
Pravinda Ranjit 2 0 18 0 9 (3 w)