Our game plan was to bat first against NextGen and put a large score on the board. We were confident that our batsmen could drive the team score to at least around 150. Then, sharp bowling that takes quick wickets would seal the game. However, the captains met, and the other team won the toss and chose to bat.
Although we lost the toss, the Strikers walked onto the field with absolute confidence.
To open the bowling, we put in Rajdeep Brijesh and Karan Anand. The opening batsman quickly succumbed in the first 2 overs, due to quick fielding and nice bowling. Karan’s 2 wickets, Rajdeep’s 1, Dhashan Wijesinghe’s 1, and Swaraag Sistla’s 1 all helped. This bowling, combined with quick fielding, 2 runouts and 1 catch by Rahul Bonthu, got the opposing team all out. NextGen’s batting was done for 58 runs in 23.4 overs.
Since we were chasing an extremely low score, we revised our batting order. Instead of the regular openers, we sent Rushil Molleti and Raghav Sateesh. Raghav’s 19 off 34 pushed the Strikers to chase the score in 13.2 overs.
Due to our amazing bowling and tight fielding once again, the Striker’s earned a comfortable victory by 10 wickets!
Here is the link to the scorecard: https://cricclubs.com/SeattleYouthCricketLeague/viewScorecard.do?matchId=34&clubId=10669
As a result of his excellent bowling (4 runs in 5 overs with 2 wickets), Karan Anand is the Man of the Match.
Good luck to the Strikers in the semi-finals next week!!!