St Gallen 176ao in 18.5 overs
(OM Mahmmod 58, AM Mahmood 55, HA Halim 22; S.Joseph 3.5-0-30-3, S.Waqar 4.0-1-26-3) beat
Winterthur 120ao in 18.0 overs
(KM Munasinghe 24, F Ajaib 23, S.Joseph 23*; AM Mahmood 3.0-0-21-3) by 56 runs
It was a well-prepared WCC team with 12 strong players with one determined mindset that travelled east to St Gallen on a gloomy day writes Kasun Munasinghe.
In the absence of captain, Kasun held the responsibility to steer the team.
WCC won the toss and elected to bowl first; knowing ground dimensions, but keep trusting the talent of their own players. Bowling line-up proved themselves by restricting strong St.Gallen batting line-up for 176 runs in such a small ground, where average score could have been 200. Elyas (3 overs, 1 for 25) adjusted his length nicely after being hit for few runs in first over though the expected swing was not there for him. Sahan (4 overs, 2 for 26) bowled superbly with much control of the ball, sneaked through the middle order of St.Gallen batting line up. Sohaib, on his debut for WCC, came up with a surprise spell (4 overs, 3 for 26) to bring back WCC in to the game in second half of the St.Gallen inning. Shijo’s fluent spell (3.5 overs, 3 for 30) was equally brilliant in the beginning and also at the end of the inning.
WCC opened their batting with full of expectations, but opener Mayank was beaten by the pace of St.Gallen opening bowlers, Sohaib at the other end middled some elegant drives but couldn’t find the gaps. Pradeep tried hard, failed to make contacts, Kasun (24 of 23 balls) played his natural game to stable the inning, but it was not good enough for a 176 chase. Lack of momentum within first 10 overs put WCC middle order in a huge pressure, in later part of the inning Fahad (23 of 14 balls) and Shijo (23 of 12 balls) brought some fire works, unfortunately their effort was not sufficient for the chase. WCC ended up with 120 in 18 overs, Lost to St.Gallen by 56 runs.
Despite the lost, outlook of the team was pretty impressive; energized bowling line up, brilliant catches by Sahan, Shijo, Suhash and Elyas, some flying stops by Dipi; those are the things WCC can carry to coming games. It was shown their talent is good enough to beat any team in the tournament. It was proved again that the big win they are expecting is not far away.
* This report appeared on the Winterthur CC website.