The opening game of long gameweek consisting of 5 games in the day saw winless Lahore Tigers coming up against top of the table Big Bite 2. Big Bite 2 who elected to make use of the shiny new ball won the toss.
Openers Safeer Butt and Nomi Aslam did not give a great start ending on 2 in their allocated 4 overs due to some bad shot selection but credit due to some good bowling and terrific fielding by Big Bite 2. Tanvir Butt and Immy under pressure put on a decent partnership of 30 in an attempt to rebuild the innings. Nabeel and Ali also put on a nice little partnership of 24 before the fourth pair had a -2 partnership brought the score back down. However, Shaan Butt and Toqeer Butt with some brilliant hitting and running in between the sticks took the Lahore Tigers 2 score to 109 with a partnership of 55. Toqeer Butt was top scorer with 28 for the Tigers and Muneeb Fiaz the pick of the bowlers with 3 for -4.
In reply Big Bite 2, knowing it was an easy task without taking any risks started off brilliantly. The opening two partnerships took the score to 61 without any pressure or problems. Before the 3rd partnershop with a score of 50 took the score for Big Bite 2 beyond the required target. Sitting in an healthy position the final pair just had to bat for the run rate and they did just that putting on 73 runs between them and taking the score to 184 in their 20 overs. Shahid top scored for Big Bite 2 with 26 whereas Sajjad Butt once again the pick of the bowlers for Lahore Tigers the second game running with figures of 3 for 12.
Big Bite 2 remained top after hammering the Tigers by 75 runs. Shahid was Man of the Match for Big Bite 2 scoring 26 runs with the bat and figures of 2 for 7 with the ball.
The second game saw Lahore Tigers 2 come up against the only other current unbeaten team Kashmiri Panthers in the second edition of the Indoor Leagues. Kashmiri Panther winning the toss decided to bat first.
Kashmiri Panther started off cautiously but well knowing if they don’t lose many wickets while the ball is new can set a decent target with some big hitters coming lower down the order. The opening two partnerships put on 50 for the Panthers without losing many wickets. The following two partnerships put on a decent 77 runs taking the score to 127 with partnerships scores of 30 and 47. Due to Lahore Tigers 2 fielding just the 8 players the Panthers opted to choose the bowlers to bowl at them. The final pair put on 36 taking the score to 163. Awais Butt top scored for Kashmiri Panthers with 21 and the pick of the bowlers for Lahore Tigers 2 was Sameer Ahmed with figures of 3 for 27.
Lahore Tigers in reply started off slowly but in the right fashion to hunt down their target. With the opening partnership putting on just 22 only for Ansur Mahmood and Asim Ditta to put on 49 and take the score to 71. The following 2 partnerships put on 59 taking the score to 130 leaving the final pair a minimum of 32 to take the lead. However due to some terrific bowling and fielding Panthers left the Tigers 2 23 runs to get off the last over but the Tigers lost out by the one run due to a runout on the second to last ball of the innings while the ball was live. Rohit Shylendra top scored for Lahore Tigers 2 with 29 whereas Ahsan Maqbool was the pick of the bowlers for the Panthers with figures of 4 for -10.
Kashmiri Panthers came out eventual winners by
the skin of their teeth winning by just the one run and remaining unbeaten. Man
of Match went to Ahsan Maqbool of Kashmiri Panthers for scoring 10 runs with
the bat and his incredible bowling figures of 4 for -10 with the ball.
The 3rd game of the week was played between Big Bite, the defending champions, and the debutants, Chesham Ittefaq. Big Bite won the toss and decided to make use of the new ball by bowling first. Chesham Ittefaq had a solid start and the openers built a nice platform to build on by making 36 runs without losing any wickets in the first 4 overs. However, the wickets started tumbling in the 2nd partnership, which included a hat-trick by Mubeen from Watford, and the score for the 2nd pair was 0 at the end of their allotted overs. Chesham Ittefaq struggled along after that and ended on with a small total of 85 in their 20 overs. Zamir Ahmed being the highest scorer with 17 and Mubeen from Watford was the best bowler who ended with 5 wickets for -17 runs.
In reply Big Bite batted with confidence & skill and had reached their target in the 11th over with ease. They carried on the high quality batting and ended their 20 overs on 179 with Tajammul Hussain and Majid from Watford being the joint high scorers with 34 runs. The bowler who stood out of some average bowling by Chesham Ittefaq was Fayyaz, who took4 wickets for -5 runs. Man of the match was Mubeen from Watford again who played an excellent game with a difference of 45 runs.
The 4th match of the day was between Lahore Tigers, who after 2 back to back defeats were desperate for a win, and The Generals who had lost their first match too. Lahore Tigers won the toss and decided to bat first. The Tigers changed their batting order around looking for a stable start which was the problem in the first 2 games they played. Tanvir and Asif opened the batting and managed to do the job they went in to do, making 47 runs in the first 4 overs and providing a better start to the team. The Tigers battled their way through the nest 3 partnerships until ex opener, Safeer Butt went in and absolutely unleashed o the opposition bowlers scoring 49 runs on his own and adding 84 runs to the teams total as a partnership with Nabeel, his new partner. The Tigers ended on 182 runs which was their best batting performance so far this season. The best bowler from The Generals was Saqib Kiyani who took 3 wickets for -2 runs.
The General chasing a big total started off nicely by scoring 50 in their first partnership. They cruised along after that and at one point it looked like they will be chasing the Tigers total with plenty of balls to go but the Tigers pegged them back a bit in the 4th partnership who only managed 8 runs in their 4 overs. With 52 left to win, The Generals needed to start the last partnership off well, and that’s what they did by scoring 35 in the first 2 of their allotted overs and putting the pressure back on the Tigers. The next 2 crucial overs were in the balance and after 40 overs of good batting, it all came down to the very last ball where The Generals needed 2 to win and the Tigers needed a dot ball or a wicket. Ali Butt bowled a good ball which beat the batsman and was collected by the keeper, Asif, who threw the ball on top of the bowling end stumps, setting up a good chance for a runout only to find no one to collect the ball there and Shaan Butt having to run in from the boundary. Shaan Butt unfortunately failed to collect the ball cleanly under pressure and the batsman were able to complete the run providing their team with a 1 run victory. Kashif Kiyani was their highest scorer with 32 runs and Zeeshan Butt was the best bowler from the Tigers. He took 2 wickets for minus 2 runs. The man of the match award went to Saf Butt who had a healthy difference of 29 runs.
The 5th and last match of the day was played between Chesham Mobiles and The Generals who were fresh off a massive victory in the previous game and were feeling good form. They won the toss and as the trend has been, decided to use the new ball. The Generals had a poor start with Naj Riaz giving 28 runs in the first over, thanks to 2 7’s and 3 wide balls. Chesham Mobiles started struggling after that thanks to some good bowling and fielding by The Generals. No one from Chesham Mobiles managed to do anything special after the first partnership and they ended their innings on a small total of 104 with Hafiz Husnain being the highest scorer with 27 runs. There were a couple of good bowling performances from the bowling side with Usman Farooqui being the top bowler with 4 wickets for minus 10 runs.
Like their previous game, The Generals started off in good fashion and put together a mammoth total of 236 runs with the help of good performing partnerships one after another, all the way through to the end. Chesham Mobiles bowled very poorly and weren’t able to pick up enough wickets. The only bowler who stood out of the rest was Wahid, who took 1 wicket for the cost of 5 runs. Kashif Kiyani was the highest scoring batsman while the skipper, Ali Jin Khan picked up the man of the match award with a difference of 26 runs.