CCC STARTS THE NEW SEASON IN STYLE
Huntsville, October 2nd, 2010: CCC travelled to Huntsville to play University of Alabama Huntsville on Saturday,2nd Oct 2010, won the fixture in style and setting up a stage for a better performance in the rest of the season.
CCC's captain Koushik Kothapalli, won the toss, and elected to bat. CCC openers Hardhik and Koushik got the visitors off to a steady start, putting on 30 runs for the first wicket in just 5 overs. This was a perfect launching pad for the batsmen to follow. Koushik was steady at one end as wickets kept falling at the other. Even as there were continuos break throughs, all the batsmen made sure that the run rate dint go below7 an over.
Sanju looked in good touch facing 38 balls with four sixes and six fours. Trying to score runs of each and every ball in the closing stages of the match Sanju was eventually out in the second last over of the CCC’s inning. But the happiness of UAH didn't last for long as the batsman who followed Sanju, Amitab Shah hit three six's in the last over. This left the UAH team to score a imposing total of 164 to win in just 20 overs at a rate of 8.2.
Koushik looked in good touch scoring 52, facing 32 balls with two sixes and four fours. Trying to score runs of each and every ball in the closing stages of the match he was eventually out in the second last over of the CCC’s innings. But the happiness of UAH didn't last for long as the batsman who followed Koushik, Shoieb hit 14 runs in the last over. This left the UAH team to score an imposing total of 95 to win in just 12 overs at a rate of 7.91.
Meanwhile in the second innings, UAH openers Madan and Rama Krishna looked tired after fielding for 12 overs in the scorching sun. They put on just 2 runs for the first wicket when in the first over of the innings, Rama Krishna got run out without even facing a ball. Gaurav at leg gully was fast enough to get the ball to the wicket keeper Koushik and dislodge the bails even before they could steal a quick single. CCC got their first break through pretty early than expected. Soon in the second over Sukesh got another break through and same was the case in the next over by Nischit. The pressure on the batsmen was clearly evident by then. The first spell of 4 overs from Nischit and Sukesh was very tight as they bowled a very good line which frustrated the batsmen. UAH could only score 14 runs for the loss of 3 wickets in 4 overs.
From there on Sai Shravan and Gaurav took over and continued for the second spell of 4 overs. Gaurav was impressive in this spell as he was very economical and the batsmen were unable to read his variations. Hareesh and Shoeib bowled the 9th and 10th overs respectively. By the end of 10th over, UAH required a uphill task ahead of them. They needed a whopping 34 runs from just 2 overs which was seeming next to impossible looking at the way the bowlers performed till then. Koushik opted to give the ball to Gaurav to bowl the 11th over looking at his excellent spell till then. But, the match took an exciting turn when Sunil, hit Gaurav for 3 sixes over long off and deep mid wicket in that over and scoring 20 runs to get the target down to just 14 runs off 1 over. After the 11th over, Sunil was in a mood to finish the match in style, but Sukesh was bought back to bowl the last over. Sukesh was consistent enough to bowl a tight line and concede only 3 runs in the over. Though a nail biting finish was expected looking at the blast off from Sunil, CCC managed to win the match comfortably.
At the post match presentation, Capt. Koushik was called to speak. He thanked the UAH people for organizing the match and extended an invitation to them to come play at Tuscaloosa. When asked about the match, he said“I am happy looking at the way the guys performed. Batting and bowling was upto the mark. Lets hope we carry on the same performance into the Tiger Cup and put up an impressive show. Some improvements have to be made, middle overs have to tight and batting line up has to be worked for a better show.”
Koushik, was handed over the Man of the Match for his impressive batting performance. Even as UAH players requested us a lot to play a second match of about 10 overs, the CCC did not agree to it as we had Florida Gators playing the Crimson Tide at Bryant-Denny Stadium, once a life-time opportunity for all the students at UA to attend the match live.
- Nischit Reddy
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