T20 Indoor Leagues (2016/2017) - Week 4 Bulletin

Chesham Mobiles vs Big Bite 2

Chesham Mobiles  vs Big Bite 2

The first match of game week 4 was played between the table toppers Big Bite 2 and Chesham Mobiles.  Big Bite 2 won the toss and decided to use the new ball. Chesham Mobiles had an average start with the bat with the first 2 partnerships only managing 47 runs. However, things got worse for Chesham Mobiles as the next 2 partnerships only managed 6 runs in 8 overs thanks to some brilliant bowling by Big Bite 2. He final partnership made 25 runs to take the Chesham Mobiles total to a nearly impossible to defend, 78. Faisal Rehman was the highest scorer with 24 while Waqas Butt was the best bowler with figures of 4 wickets for minus 4 runs.

Big Bite 2 who are batting heavy started their innings with a bang by making 13 runs in the first over and there was no looking back after that. They piled on the runs, one partnership after another and made a huge total of 290 runs which was also the highest team total on the season so far. The highest scorer for Big Bite 2 was Asad Sajjad. The Chesham Mobile bowlers got a pounding but the one who stood out from the rest was the skipper himself, Hafiz Zahid with figures of 2 for 22. Waqas Butt was he man of the match with a huge difference of 35 runs.

Lahore Tigers 2 vs Big Bite Chesham

Lahore Tigers 2  vs Big Bite Chesham

In the second game of the day, Lahore Tigers 2 were playing defending champions Big Bite. Tigers won the toss and as the trend has been, decided to bowl first to take advantage of the new ball. Tigers started off well with the new ball with Big Bite being -1 after the first over. However, Big Bite managed to step on the acceleration pedal from the 2nd over and built a hug innings score of 199 thanks to 2 fifty plus partnerships in the end. Ali Nawaz of Watford was the highest scorer with 34. Sameer Ahmed was the pick of the bowlers picking up 5 wickets for minus 5 runs.

Chasing a massive target of 200 runs, Tigers needed a solid start, however it was not to be as the first partnership only managed 28 runs. Due to some poor batting, Tigers fell behind on their required run-rate in each partnership that followed with the 4th only making 1 run in their allotted overs. With 105 runs required in the last 4 overs, it was near impossible to win the game from there and that’s exactly what happened, Lahore Tigers 2 were defeated handsomely by the champs, Big Bite. The skipper, Rohit was the highest scorer for the Tigers with 27 and Umar Aslam was the man of the match and thee best bowler with figures of 6 for -23.

Lahore Tigers vs Chesham Ittefaq

Lahore Tigers  vs Chesham Ittefaq

Third game of the day was between Lahore Tigers and Chesham Ittefaq who were both at the bottom of the list, still to post any points on the table. Lahore Tigers won the toss and desperately looking for their first win decided to bat first. Lahore Tigers started off well when captain Tanvir Butt, and vice-captain Asif Butt put together 33 in 4 overs to build a platform for the middle order batsmen. The partnerships that followed were all healthy and the Tigers ended their innings with a handsome total of 222. Nabeel Ahmed was the highest run getter with 27 runs. The best bowler of the innings was Farhan Khan who took 4 wickets for 0 runs.

Chesham Ittefaq looking for a solid start only managed to make 20 runs in their opening partnership. With pressure being applied by the Tigers with their good bowling and fielding, Chesham Ittefaq failed to make any sort of a bi partnership which was desperately needed after the poor start. Chasing 222, Chesham Ittefaq only managed 98 runs in their 20 overs, thus handing their first victory of the season to Lahore Tigers. Zamir Ahmed was the highest scoring batsman with 21 runs and Shaan Butt was the best bowler from the Tigers team who also picked up the man of the match award with a difference of 31 runs.

Kashmir Panthers vs The Generals

Kashmir Panthers  vs The Generals

The final match of the day was billed to be the biggest game of the day, and boy did it live up to its expectations.  The Kashmiri Panthers won the toss and decided to bat first. They started off well and cruised along with all the first 4 partnerships making over 30 runs each. The 5th and last partnership was a little on the low side with only 21 runs but the Kashmiri Panthers made a decent total of 169 runs in the end. Vice-captain Shakeel made 24 runs and was the highest scorer and Imran was the best bowler picking up 2 wickets for 3 runs.

To follow was an epic ending of the game, when after a roller coaster innings of ups and downs, it all came down to the very last ball of the match. The Generals needed 8 off the last ball and who else to face it but Ali Jin Khan, the captain of The Generals. He had already won a game off the last ball in the first season of the T20 Indoor League against the same opposition, Kashmiri Panthers. Was history to re-write itself? 

The ball was pitched full towards the legs off Ali Jin who in turn placed his front foot out to the pitch of the ball and whacked it straight over the head of the bowler. The fielders could only watch as the ball sailed high and mighty towards the boundary for a 6. Once again, Ali Jin Khan had won the game for his team on the very last ball with a 6.

Ali Jin was also the highest scorer with 29 and the man of the match award was picked up by Usman Farooqui with a difference of 18 runs.

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