Nippon Tigers sealed their fifth straight victory in JCA arranged tournaments this season! This time, Nippon Tigers prey was Nagoya CC in Fuji40 league. It was rather a dramatic win for the Tigers. At one point Nagoya CC needed only 16 runs. With 5 intact wickets and plenty of overs at Nagoya CC’s disposal, it appeared that Tigers would be heading back to their den with empty hands! But the Tigers, led by a new, energetic captain Mohiuddin Rakib had a different plan.
The Day began with heavy rain resulted in forming small water-logged at several spots within the ground. As a result, both captains discussed and agreed to play 35 overs match from 11:30 AM onward. Weather forecast for the latter half of the day was foretasted cloudy and sunny.
Time for the crucial toss! Nippon Tigers captain won the toss and elected to bat first. Match began! Due to wet pitch, conditions looked that it was a good wicket to bowl first.
Time for the 1st ball of the match! Nagoya C.C opening bowler ran the first ball hard but slipped due to slippery conditions. Bowler was unhurt. Nippon Tigers openers batted courteously but lost first wicket in the second over with 11 runs in 2 overs. Nippon Tigers made 42 runs in first 5 overs for two wickets within the power play and continued to bat sensibly. Scorecard at the end of 10 overs, was 75 runs for the loss of 3 wickets.
Astonishing thing happened! Nippon Tigers were 100 runs for 3 wickets in 16th over but all of a sudden wickets started crumbling so quickly that whole team collapsed at 106 runs. Nippon Tigers lost 7 wickets for just 6 runs. Target score set was 107 runs for Nagoya C.C to win this match in 35 overs with required run rate of around 3 runs per over.
Both teams took quick Lunch break and the second half of the match started from 14:00 PM! Nagoya C.C opening batsman started chasing gradually but lost their first wicket in first over when batsman tried to hit the ball hard, got an inside edge on to the off stump. First critical wicket for Nippon Tigers came quickly!
Nagoya C.C from there started batting destructively and made quick 50 runs in 7 overs of the power play. With pressure on the Nippon Tigers, bowling change was made and spin attack came from both ends. Both spinners bowled stumps to stumps and started taking wickets one after another. Scorecard at the end of 10 overs was 82 runs. Nippon Tigers need 6 wickets to win while Nagoya C.C needed 25 runs with 6 wickets in hand and 25 overs remaining.
Nagoya C.C batsman kept playing aggressively and hit few big sixes. The match came down to 16 runs needed with 5 wickets in hand. All of a sudden the match was turn around within 2 overs. Abhishek took 2 wickets in two ball followed by a HAT TRICK of Ankit. Credit goes to great spell of A² (Abhishek and Ankit) the way both spinners bowled.
This majestic spell changed the whole game. Overall Abhishek took one wicket in his 2nd over and 2 wickets in his 4th over while Ankit took 2 wickets in his 1st over, 1 wicket in his 2nd over followed by a brilliant HAT TRICK in his 3rd over which helped Nippon Tigers to win a low scoring game with 16 runs. Ankit was the pick of the bowlers for Nippon Tigers who finished with figures of 3 overs 19 runs and 6 wickets with brilliant support from Abhishek with 4 overs 16 runs and 3 wickets.
Dominating performance from Nippon Tigers especially from the bowling unit this time. Nagoya C.C on the other hand, tried everything possible but could not find the winning formula. Nippon Tigers bowlers kept their nerves and played professional cricket resulting on the winning side.
Ankit was announced as the man of the match for his 6 wickets in 3 overs.
Overall it was great day and wonderful cricket was played at Fuji ground.