eCricket Matches 2020: Talking points from Day 5
The fifth and final day of eCricket Matches 2020 saw six games being played on Sunday, May 17. There were some memorable performances in the simulated reality league cricket tournament, and here we look at what transpired through the day and bring you the summary of each game.
WHITESHADOW (NZ) v LAUGHINGBUDDHA (ENG), Match 21: LaughingBuddha won by six wickets
WhiteShadow’s NZ were put to bat first by LaughingBuddha’s ENG, and the decision worked wonders. Jason Ray's sublime performance with the ball (3/3) restricted NZ to a paltry score of 39/6 while the likes of Jackson Bairstow and James Root guided LaughingBuddha to a six-wicket victory within 4.1 overs, despite losing two early wickets.
MAVERICK (PAK) v REAPERSSLAM (SA), Match 22: ReapersSlam won by five runs
After Quicky de Kock, Fabian du Plessis and JP Dominic failed to do the talking for ReapersSlam’s SA, Hanif Amla and Darren Miller stepped in to take their side from 12/3 to 40/5 in five overs against Maverick’s PAK.
SA, with a mingy score to protect, upped the ante with the ball as not just one or two, but their entire bowling line-up managed to restrict PAK to 35/9 after five overs. Only Mohd Hafiz managed to register a score in double digits (six-ball 14), and there were as many as five run-outs from their innings.
LAUGHINGBUDDHA (AUS) v RAGEHAV (IND), Match 23: Ragehav won by three runs
LaghingBuddha’s AUS, having won the toss and elected to bowl, became a victim of an absolute thrashing by IND’s openers. Rohan Sharma and Shikhar Dhaven stitched a partnership of 50 runs within four overs, with Ragehav’s side posting a score of 58/2 in five overs.
With the ball, Kailash Yadav, along with Hardik Pandey, stepped up to dislodge AUS’s top order. Midway through the third over, they were down to 11/7, and while they managed to step out of their misery, the best they could do was to score 55/8 in their allotted overs.
REAPERSSLAM (SL) v KINGSPIN (WI), Match 24: Match abandoned
Opting to bat against ReapersSlam’s SL in the 24th match of the simulated reality league cricket tournament, KingSpin’s WI posted a respectable score of 49/8 in five overs. The scoreline could have been totally different if it weren’t for Jivan Mendes and Milinda Siriwardane, who gave away just 13 runs and picked six wickets between them in two overs.
SL got off to a decent start in their chase, but the match was abandoned due to unforeseen circumstances.
LAUGHINGBUDDHA (IND) v WHITESHADOW (AUS), League A Final: LaughingBuddha won by four wickets
In an absolute humdinger, LaughingBuddha’s IND elected to bowl, and were duly punished by a hard-hitting Daniel Warner, who scored an unbeaten 52 in just 18 deliveries to guide WhiteShadow’s AUS to a total of 76/3 in five overs. Such was Warner’s reverberation that the second best-scoring batsman from his team was skipper Armand Finch, who had scored six off two deliveries.
IND needed a brilliant start in their chase, but two early wickets meant that the team was stuck at 18/2 after 1.1 overs. The likes of Hardik Pandey and Rohan Sharma steadied the ship before Rajindra Jadeja played his part in the process. MS Dhanraj’s five-ball 22 did the rest as IND achieved their target in 4.3 overs.
KINGSPIN (NZ) v MAVERICK (ENG), League B Final: Maverick won by six wickets
The second final presented equal drama as KingSpin’s NZ, who had won the toss, posted 55 on board in five overs. For Maverick’s ENG, Adil Rashed and Brad Stokes proved out to be the clinchers as they picked six wickets while conceding 17 runs between them in two overs.
For ENG, while they had a steady start, the game went right into the final over, where NZ captain Ken Williamson had saved his best bowler, Michael Sentner, for the death. Defending nine runs in the over, the spinner dislodged Jackson Bairstow and James Root off successive balls, but a maximum by Brad Stokes in the following delivery eventually sealed the game for Maverick.