KCL Game 1- ITCC vs Al Karam at Ageo on July 10th Match Report
Tuesday 16 August, 2011
ITCC Starts of KCL with a tough Loss
ITCC had a promising debut on this year’s KCL against Al Karam Cricket club, the finalist last year and one of the stronger teams in KCL, at Ageo Yesterday. After showing lots of fight and determination ITCC lost by 87 Runs.
Al Karam- 249 All out in 33 overs(Amjad- 114, Javed-32, Parthiban 3-28, Rajeev 2-30, Biju 2-32)
ITCC- 162 All out in 24 overs(Rajeev 23, Gijo-20, Edreez 4-28)
As usual ITCC Captain lost the toss and were asked to field in searing heat. Soon the heat took its toll as fielders started tiring along with the bowlers. In spite of all the tiredness, ITCC made strong inroads into the big Al karam top order reducing them to 120/5 in 18 overs. With possibly the last set of batsman in the crease, ITCC lost the plot in unbearable conditions. Misfields, overthrows, disinterested fielders, dropped catches plagued the ITCC plight. That score became 210/5 in 24 overs a mighty 90 runs were scored in 6 overs. Digging deep into the last reserves of energy, ITCC conjured up a fight back aided by the superb Pathipan (MOM of the game) finally restricting Alkaram to 249 Allout in 32 overs.
ITCC dropped as many as 12 catches, 6 of Amjad who scored a fantastic century.
Resolve and spirit was the key word of the batting performance that followed. Batsman after batsman applied themselves only to throw away their hard fought start, probably the heat playing its part. The final score doesn’t probably give justice to how well ITCC batted. All of the top 6 made scores in 20s but no one continued to a big score. Al karam were worried at various junctures, at 82/2 after 12, at 123/4 after 18, 150/5 after 23. Requiring 100 of 72, the scoreboard pressure finally told and ITCC didn’t have enough resources left in its kitty and folded up quickly.
In the end those 6 overs were ITCC completely lost focus and those catches dropped became critical.