Virtual Five5 Cricket World Championship 2020: Talking points from Day 1
The first day of Virtual Five5 Cricket World Championship 2020 saw six games being played on Wednesday, April 29. The tournament got off to a thrilling start and there were some memorable performances in the simulated reality league cricket tournament. Here, we look at what transpired through the day and bring you the summary of each game.
ENG v AUS, Match 1: AUS win by three runs
AUS got their campaign off to a thrilling start with a three-run win over ENG. Opting to bowl first, ENG conceded too many runs as AUS raced away to a score of 63 without losing any wickets. In the chase, ENG looked on course but Kane Richerdson dismissing Jackson Bairstow meant ENG were not able to cross the line.
NZ v IND, Match 2: IND win by seven wickets
IND opted to field first in their opening game against NZ and thanks to some disciplined bowling, kept the opposition to a score of 38/2 in the allotted overs. In reply, IND lost three wickets but it was the chase master, Viraj Kohli who saw them home with a 10-ball 17. MS Dhanraj hit two fours in as many balls to guide them to glory. Classic Finisher!
SA v BAN, Match 3: SA win by ten wickets
SA were off to a brilliant start with a ten-wicket win over BAN in Match 3 of the simulated reality league cricket tournament. BAN could only post 30 on the board, having lost four wickets. SA ensured there were no issues for them and romped to victory in the third over.
PAK v WI, Match 4: WI win by nine wickets
After being sent in to bat first, PAK were off to a flyer but were restricted to 47 for 1 in the end. In reply, WI cruised to 49 for 1 with seven balls to spare, having scored more than seventy per cent of their runs in boundaries.
ENG v SA, Match 5: ENG win by nine wickets
ENG followed the trend and fielded first, and nobody except Hanif Amla reached double figures as SA finished on a paltry 36 for 2. James Butler teed off in style as England reached 38 for 1 after just 3.5 overs.
NZ v PAK, Match 6: NZ win by six runs
High-quality death bowling from Lance Ferguson knocked over PAK's established batsman, Shoaeb Malek in the final over to win the game for his side. NZ after having elected to bat first had posted a majestic 57 for 3. In reply, PAK could only manage to get 51 for 2.