Britannia team’s fantastic form in T20 continues after defeating HCCW at their home ground in Havel by 74 runs a couple weeks ago, the stage was all set for the team to put behind those two close defeats against BCCB in Verbandsliga. Our team comprised with 6 players from Verbandsliga and 5 from Budesliga, with only one thought in mind ‘To Win’ with a big margin against BCCB.
Crucial toss was won by Britannia Skipper and promptly elected to bat first on a sunny hot day. Probably one of the best starts we ever got in T20 matches with Waqas and Dixit opening the innings runs were flowing, mainly some outstanding hits from Waqas. Dixit was playing a good supporting role till he got himself run out in the 3rd over. At this stage we were going 10.5 runs an over. Sunil was sent one down by the Skipper to keep the run rate around 10; he mainly played a supportive role to Waqas and kept the run rate hovering around 10-11 the later falling to a great catch in cover. Ali, getting to play his first match departed very early without scoring. Rohit was sent in the middle, he started rotating the strike from the first ball he faced giving support to Waqas who reached his first fifty of the season in 38 balls including two 4s and hitting the ball over the ropes three times. Just after reaching his fifty Waqas departed and it was left to Rohit and the Skipper Farooq to bat till the end and put up a formidable score. The former started playing his shots slowly and steadily, once settled Rohit hit great shots to fence and reached his 50 in 40 balls. Unfortunately he could not remain not out till the end as he was run out with only one ball left before the end of first innings. Farooq, doing his best as always in T20’s remained unbeaten on 21. Britannia posted a tall total of 164/5 in 20 overs.
Britannia’s bowling performance was outstanding as usual. BCCB’s wickets started falling from 2nd over, one of their opener fell on a ball of skipper in the 2nd over on just 2 runs. Wickets have started to fall from both ends as the second one fell on Arun’s ball in the 3rd over where Dixit took a great catch behind the stumps. Waqas continued to show his skills with the ball with great figures, 3.1 Overs 3 wickets. Ashish bowled very good three overs showing BCCB his off spin skills. Soon Rohit joined the bowling unit and took another two along with great catches and a run out. Utsab and Rajan joined the bowling squad and took their share of one wicket each. Britannia’s victory was sealed by Waqas taking the last wicket and BCCB was 104/10 in 18.1 overs. Probably the best ball of Britannia would be Rajan’s slower delivery rather coming as slow as a slow motion which was spectacularly wide of the off stump and both the keeper and first slip getting ready to catch/stop the ball only to realize that the batsman wanted to reward that hopeless ball to edge it to the keeper. At last some entertainment for everyone to otherwise hopelessly one sided match. Britannia won by 60 runs.
Take a look at the scorecard of the match on CricHQ here!