Tri-Nation ODI Report

by Chris Lodge

Match 1 - Estonia v Switzerland (3rd June 2016)

Estonia 118ao (25.0 overs) lost to Switzerland 119-6 (24.0 overs) by 4 wickets


Switzerland began the 3-nation ODI tournament in Prague (3-5.6.2016) with an easy 4 wicket victory against Estonia.

After heavy rain overnight the game start was delayed slightly while the Czech organising team finished the ground preparations.

Estonia won the toss and decided to bat first.
With just 3 runs on the board Jai Sinh took his first Senior international wicket in his second over, having opened the bowling with Captain Afzaal Sikander - Afzaal led the team well and with figures of 10 overs 3 maidens 0 for 21 built great pressure from one end.
The first bowling change saw Shahnawaz Mohammad come on to replace Jai Sinh and in a spell that was to go a long way to earn him the man of the match award took 2 wickets for 9 runs in his first 26 balls and ended the game with 8ovs 1mdn 3 for 18.
Another great debut was made by Winterthur player Adam Pratt taking a wicket in his first over and ending a spell with 4 overs 2 for 19.
The Swiss team worked really hard in the field supporting the bowlers with some great catches and good ground fielding on a challenging surface, special mention should also go to Asvin Lakkaraju who took 2 good catches but also was praised by Umpire Ziegler after the game for the sporting act of withdrawing an appeal.
With Aneesh Kumar coming on to bowl a very competitive spell of off spin 7 overs 2 maidens 2 for 18 another debut was made by Aidan Andrews also to claim his first senior international wicket in a spell of 4 overs 1 for 18 also taking a good high catch.
The Estonian batsmen though were getting to grips with the conditions and a spirited partnership of 42 for the 9th wicket made for a challenging target, with the return of Shanawaz  to the attack the partnership was broken and Jai then came back on wrapped up the innings with the 4th ball of his 2nd spell. Leaving Switzerland needing 119 to win.

With the Swiss team needing only 119 to win and having a very strong batting line up Swiss captain Afzaal Sikander instucted the players to attack the bowling and produce the best possible run rate, as this would then put the team in a very strong position in the tournament.
Debutant opener Aidan Andrews did just that with an aggressive 13 falling to a good catch the deep. With wickets falling around him as players went for ever more ambitious shots (Ashfaq Ahmad 10, T. Senthamarai Kannan 9 both ct) opener Sathya Narajanan steered the innings with an impressive ave run a ball 33 (ct) with the score on 70. This brought the captain to the crease and true to plan after playing himself in by leaving the first ball outside off he hit 6,6,4 for the next three balls and continued in the same style through his innings 26 of 17 balls before being bowled attempting to put the first cricket ball into orbit!!!!! with Asvin Lakkaraju being bowled by a good ball for 5 it left Aneesh Kumar (not out 5-14 balls) and Man Of The Match Shahnawaz Muhammad (not out 5-all singles from 7 balls) to bring Switzerland home to a 4 wicket victory with 25 overs and 6 balls to spare.

(that is not a typo but how? - answers by email to Chris Lodge please!!)

Match 2 - Czech Republic v Estonia (4th June 2016)

Estonia 136-10 (40.2 overs) lost to Czech Republic 137-3 (19.0 overs) by 7 wkts


Match 3 - Czech Republic v Switzerland (5th June 2016)

Switzerland 230-8 (50.0 overs) lost to Czech Republic 234-5 (44.0 overs) by 5 wkts


Having lost the toss the Swiss team were happy to be batting first as the whole team were confident they could defend whatever total they could post.
Even with the early wickets of Sathya Narayanan (ct Pearce bowled Smith for 1) and Sajid Safiad (ct Daiton bowled Deshmoyni for 4) there was no doubt that a defend-able total would be posted. Having opened the batting in the first game Aidan Andrews took number 1 in the batting order again and against a stronger attack showed excellent patience for his 88 ball innings of 33 (LBW bowled Ashokan) putting on a 95 run partnership for the 3rd wicket with T. Senthamarai Kannan. In a minor collapse 3 wickets fell for 4 runs with Afzaal Sikander (LBW Pokhriyal for 8), Aneesh Kumar (run out Gnanatheeswaran without scoring) and Ashfaq Ahmad (LBW Ashokan for 1). Confidence was never lost as the Swiss team knew they had good batting all the way through the order, no better proved than with the appearance at number 8 of Jai Sinh who played well to support T. Senthamarai Kannan who was suffering with the heat having already batted for nearly 21/2hours the pair put on a further 58 for the 7th wicket T. Senthamarai Kannan finally dismissed for a determind 93 (ct Ahmed bowled Deshmoyni - 127 balls and 3hrs 38mins at the crease). With a little more than 4 overs left and wickets remaining Shahnawaz Muhammad hit 7 from 5 balls (bowled Wickremasinghe) in a 16 run partnership for the 8th wicket bringing Asvin Lakkaraju to the middle at number 10. Better known as an opening bat he hit an aggressive 13 from 11 balls and with Jai Sinh also accelerating his scoring rate the pair put on 34 in the last 3 and a half overs setting the Czech team 231 to win. Number 11 Adam Pratt the only member of the team not to bat in either game.

With 231 to defend, the Swiss team were confident. The bowling was opened by Jai Sinh and Captain Afzaal Sikander with Team Manager Chris Lodge coming on as 12th man to cover for T. Senthamarai Kannan who was still receiving medical attention, and unable to take the field initially, following his efforts batting. Jai though, aggravated a muscle injury, picked up when slipping on the damp surface in the opening match and struggled to run in with any rhythm. Afzaal, at the other end, was as economical as he had been in the opening game but still with no luck whatsoever. After trying hard for 3 overs, Jai was replaced by "Bowler of the Tournament" Shahnawaz Muhammad who took a wicket in his first over (Stary ct Lukkaraju 35) and then another in his 2nd (Ashokan ct Ahmad 5) in an impressive opening spell of 4ovs 2wkts for 8runs. With a double change Afzaal and Shahnawaz were replaced by Sajid Safiat and after changing ends Shahnawaz came back, but struggled with a lower leg cramp and after finishing the over, he collapsed to the ground with the lower leg/Achilles injury. After medical attention on the field, he had to be carried from the field to be looked after further by the Swiss team physio and the Czech team paramedic. He was unable to return but his tournament figures of 13ovs 1mdn 5wkts for 33runs were enough for him to be awarded "Bowler of the Tournament", and who knows what figures he would have ended with, had he been able to bowl his last 5 overs. The game was finely balanced with the Czech team never more than a few runs ahead or behind the Swiss total and wickets matching. After 24 overs, Switzerland were 95 for 2 and the Czech team 95 for 3 in reply following a wicket taken by Sajid (Daiton ct Lakkaraju 4). Aneesh Kumar took over from Shahnawaz at the hospitality end, then, after 4 overs swapped to the Chateau end, taking the wicket of Pokhriyal (LBW for 19), leaving the Czech team 144 for 4. With Batsman of the tournament S Wickremesinghe at the crease, Switzerland needed a wicket but luck was not with them, and with both Jai Sinh and Shahnawaz Muhammad unable to bowl and the captain bowled out (10ovs 0wks for 40), it was Adam Pratt who made the breakthrough: Gnanatheeswaran (ct T. Senthamarai Kannan for 28) and with a good spell from Aidan Andrews (4ovs 0wks for 21), the pressure was kept on to the end. It was, though, one of those days where the 117 not out in 114 balls from "Batsman of the Tournament" S Wickremesinghe (following his 51 Not Out in just 18 balls against Estonia) was enough to bring the Czech team home. Despite the injuries, the Swiss team had played well and supported each other fully, but had come up against a better side on the day. Switzerland also were awarded the "Fielder of the Tournament", Asvin Lakkaraju taking the award. Having had some very close victories over the Czech team in the past few years, for the Czech team to win a very close game sooner or later was not unexpected!

Central European Development League Tri-nation ODI results
Date Match  

Friday 3rd June


Estonia 118 (25 overs) lost to

Switzerland 119-6 (24 overs) by 4 wkts

Kriket Vinor


Saturday 4th June


Czech Republic beat Estonia


Kriket Vinor


Sunday 5th June


Switzerland 230-8 (50 overs) lost to

Czech Republic 234-5 (44 overs) by 5 wkts

Kriket Vinor