Uprising CC 320-6 (40-0 overs) lost to Power CC 321-6 (35.5 overs) by 2 wkts
Deutweg, Winterthur, Sunday 13th September 2015
by Osama Mahmood
Despite an unbeaten 214* by Uprising skipper Anser Mehmood and a mammoth total of 320-6, Uprising CC could not halt Power CC's winning streak which took them into the final of ths CSPL to
be played at Bout du Monde on Sunday 27th September.
Uprising CC captain Anser Mehmood won the toss and had no hesitation in deciding to bat first. Anser Mehmood and Ankit Sharma came out to open the innings. The first hour was cloudy and had a few rain drops but nothing threatening. Because of a damp outfield, the ball got well quickly which meant no swing and a slippery ball which eventually led to full tosses being bowled every over and Uprising took maximum advantage of the freebies. Uprising were in a strong position after 10 overs with 59 for no loss. Just when Ankit Sharma (24) started to open up he got nicked off by Afzaal Sikander and Hassan Ahmed dived forward to complete a brilliant low catch – to a ball which was dropping infront of him. Afif Khan then build a partnership with Anser and Uprising was very well positioned at drinks break with a score of 148-1 in 20 overs and looked set for a huge score.
The first ball after drinks was dispatched by Afif for a long six of Sajid's bowling but Sajid showed his experience and got him bowled, the very next ball. Afif scored a well made 32. Anser did not let any pressure to build and continued hitting boundaries at will every over and was involved in another important partnership of 60 runs with Nelson Burrell before Nelson (18) was bowled by Shahnwaz. Amir Khan (0) followed him the very next over bowled by Sajid and Kamran Dar (1) was bowled by Shahnawaz in the following over leading a mini collapse. When Nadeem was bowled by a slower ball off Osama, Uprising were 244/6 in 34 overs and little did Power expect what was about to come in the final 6 six overs.. Anser batted magnificiently and not only ensured that the Uprising innings was intact but also played attacking and stylish cricket and with the support of Amir Qayoom (16*), Anser accelerated the score in final 6 six plundering 76 runs. Anser batted beautifully through out the innings and remained not out on 214, a massive score in a big pressure game against a good bowling side. Uprising finished their innings on 320/6 in their allocated 40 overs. Anser's batting deserves a special mention: His batting was a treat to watch and the innings was full of classy shots and he was very calm under pressure.
After a fine curry lunch, Power batting line up remowned for big hitting, backed themselves to chase down the massive target of 321. And chase they did. Power started very positively with both the openers Ashfaq Ahmed and Osama Mahmood, dispatching Ankit Sharma for a boundry each. The openers paced their innings very well with Ashfaq hitting regular boundries and Osama rotating the strike.
Power were 71-0 in 9 overs before Ashfaq was runout by a brilliant direct hit from Anser. Afzaal was the next batsman to go when he got caught by the keeper of Anser's bowling. It looked that Anser was going to win the match for Uprising on his own.
Rana Khaliq was the next batsman to go for a duck when he was clean bowled by Ankit Sharma andUprising were right back in the game after 15 overs with Power at 129-3. Osama then started to build a partnership with Sajid. Just at stroke of drinks break Osama going for back-to-back sixes against Anser toe ended the ball to the long on boundry immediately after reaching his well earned 50. At drinks break Power were 159-4 in 20 overs. The run rate was good but they lost 4 crucial wickets at the halfway stage.
The next man to go was Hassan Ahmed for 12 nicking off to the keeper. And 2 overs later Sajid (41) followed him when he tried to launch Ankit for a six losing his middle stump. At 25 overs Power were 209-6 and the last recognized pair of Shahnawaz and Asad were in. Michael dropped an easy catch of Asad when he was on 2 and Asad showed why catches win matches.
Power needed 115 with only 4 wickets left in the final 15 overs. Asad continued his brilliant form and scored an unbeaten 82* runs with Shahnawaz playing a brilliant hand as well and got a well deserved 54*. Asad is proving from time to time again that he is a class player for Power and he is the Mr. Reliable with Bat, Bowl and Field. Power chased down the massive total in only 35.5 overs with Asad finishing the match in style by hitting a massive six straight over long-off.
Power proved how confident a team they are at the moment and on current form look unstoppable. A fantastic match played in excellent spirit and both teams need to be congratulated for providing such an entertaining semifinal contest.
Power Winterthur CC will now face Nomads CC, who won the second semifinal played at CERN, on the 27th of September 2015 at Bout-de-Monde in Geneva. In a repeat of the 2014 Final - let's see which team wins the glory come the 27th September.