ITCC vs IECC Friendly on July 31st at Moriya- Match Report
Tuesday 16 August, 2011
ITCC Fails in close and Tough Chase
After being on top of the game for 60%, ITCC succumbed to chasing pressure to lose by 14 runs against IECC at Moriya Grounds.
IECC- 193 in 35 Overs
ITCC- 178 All out in 34.4 Overs
Winning the Toss and electing to field Stand in Captain pramod found it tough to control the rampaging IECC. At one time, IECC were in a very strong position with the score at 130 for 2 in 18 overs. Ragesh came in and bowled a brilliant spell and that put the brakes and helped restrict IECC to 193.
With a 6 Plus runrate to chase against a strong IECC bowling outfit, ITCC had only one way to go. Varun and Gijo did just that producing one of the best opening stands in the history of ITCC. The Engineers were under the hammer and were looking clueless and not sure what to do. Disaster stuck in the form of runout for ITCC giving the engineers the loophole they were looking for. Varun was oozing class and a real treat to watch. At the half way mark during drinks break, ITCC were at 97/3 needing another 97 in 15 overs with 7 wkts in hand. The game was still in the balance when Uday and Abraham together bought down the target to 40 of 5 Overs. Senseless batting and a collapse later, ITCC folded up for 179.
ITCC would look back at this as a missed opportunity. The fielding continues to be the major issue for ITCC. If we can get better, then we will start winning more matches.
Varun was named the man of the match beating a equally impressive performance from Ragesh. ITCC continues to improve, but its needs sustained winning momentum to show for that.