Chaudhri’s half century in vain: Centurions win by 5 wickets

It is the 51st match of Regular seniors 2016 season. The two units to go heads on would be Centurions CC and Gujarat CC. The club wasn’t just Gujarat C.C by the name. There were exactly 8 Patels in their playing XI. Patel is a common surname in Gujarat, India. In the commentary, we had to mention each Patel with initials for easier identification. The show went for less than 65 overs. Gujarat CC got bowled out inside 37 overs. Centurions rushed the chase and successfully reached target in 28 overs.

Gujarat CC won the toss and decided to bat first. They scored at a healthy run rate initially, but kept on losing wickets. They did not manage to get big partnerships. Had someone played a defensive innings, they would have ended up with a defendable total. In their total of 127, 56 runs came off the bat of Chaudhari. His innings was built on 8 fours and 2 sixes. Momentum was never the problem with Gujarat CC, for first half of their innings. Four ducks in their scorecard reflects how they lost wickets in heaps.

In cricket, small targets are always tricky. It’s never the case with Centurions CC. Having put to chase a tricky target, they started off decently. Pathirana’s 58 at no.4 made it a cakewalk for Centurions. His innings featured 5 boundaries and three sixes. His innings was amply supported by Kandappah’s 23. Their middle order partnership ensured, Centurions did not make fumble of the chase. Gujarat CC’s bowlers did not troubled Centurions, one bit. Even the openers were dismissed in run out fashion. Chaudhri was again the man for Gujarat CC in second innings too. He took the wicket of Varadarajan in his fourth over.

Solo performance hardly goes all the way to save teams. Amongst the bowling performances, Thuraisingham’s 9 overs stood out. He took 3 scalps at the economy of less than 2.5. His team mate Puvenandran took 3 scalps for himself. Wijayarajan’s 5 overs gave some breathing space for Gujarat CC in their first innings. Gujarat’s bowling proved decent enough, but couldn’t nullify their batting failures.

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