Virtual Cricket Tournament 2020 Week 4: Talking points from Day 2
The second day of the fourth week of the Virtual Cricket Tournament 2020 saw six matches being played on Wednesday, June 24. 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 virtual match.
AUS vs PAK, Match 7: AUS won by 18 runs
AUS bruised aside a forget performance of Day 1 by putting on a spirited display on the second day by defeating PAK by 18 runs.
Having elected to bat, AUS made a fantastic start, with openers Daniel Warner and Armand Finch playing a 39-run stand in three overs. After the openers were gone, Sam Smith and Glen Maxwall joined forces to take their side to 69/2 in five overs, with the former scoring 19 off six balls, while the latter smashing 11 off four.
PAK, on their part, didn't lose a wicket, but the AUS bowlers made sure they keep both Baba Azem and Fakhar Zakir in check, restricting them to 51/0 in five overs.
IND vs NZ, Match 8: IND won by six runs
IND continued their unbeaten streak on the second day of simulated reality league cricket tournament, this time defeating NZ by six runs.
IND endured a difficult start after electing to bat as they lost Rohan Sharma, captain Viraj Kohli and KL Rajul in the first two overs. Shikhar Dhaven and MS Dhanraj, however, combined to take their side all the way from 20/3 to 70/3 in just three overs.
NZ came in to bat and kept on losing wickets, with IND bowlers Jasprit Bamra and Bhuvan Kumar picking two wickets each. By the end of five overs of the virtual match, NZ were restricted to 64/5 and IND had the game in their kitty.
SA vs ENG, Match 9: ENG won by nine wickets
ENG made a blistering start to their second of the virtual cricket, getting better of SA by nine wickets.
SA were put to bat by ENG, and their openers, Quincy de Kock and Hanif Amla put 25 runs for the first wicket before the latter was dismissed. Captain Fabian du Plessis scored 17 off nine, while de Kock registered 30 off 12 as SA posted 58/2 on board.
ENG lost James Butler in the very first ball of the innings, but Jackson Bairstow combined with captain Ian Morgan to guide their side to a thumping victory, achieving the target in just 3.2 overs.
AUS vs NZ, Match 10: NZ won by eight wickets
After a disappointing start to their day, NZ got back to winning ways by beating AUS by nine wickets in the 10th e-cricket match of the tournament.
AUS elected to bat and apart from captain Finch and lower-order batsman Mark Stoinis, none of the batters scored in double figures as they posted 59/4 on board in five overs. For NZ, a certain Michael Sentner, shone the brightest, with the spinner picking two wickets while conceding just four runs in his over.
With the bat, NZ lost Callum Munro in the very first over, but Markus Guptill combined with Ross Tailor to take his side to an eight-wicket victory.
IND vs ENG, Match 11: ENG won by three runs
IND lost their first game of virtual cricket tournament as ENG registered a three-wicket win over their opponents.
After putting ENG to bat, IND made a blistering start with the ball, dismissing three ENG batsmen inside two overs. A late blitz by James Root, followed by Jason Ray and then Brad Stokes took ENG out of their misery as they put 70/4 on board in five overs.
Like ENG, IND kept on losing wickets, but unlike them, they failed to keep the run-rate going, and by the end of five overs, they could only manage 67/6, losing the game by three runs.
SA vs PAK, Match 12: SA won by nine wickets
SA piled further misery on PAK by beating them by nine wickets in the final day of the tournament.
SA won the toss and put PAK to bat. They made a decent start, with both Azem and Zakir stitching a 30-run opening wicket stand before Shoaeb Malek played a cameo of 26 off 11 balls. By the end of five overs, PAK scored 59/1. SA, on their part, were dominant right from the beginning, with de Kock and Amla combining for 53 runs for the first wicket. Once the latter was gone, de Kock took his side to a comfortable nine-wicket victory.