The second day of the Virtual Cricket Tournament 2020 saw six matches being played on Wednesday, June 10. 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.
IND vs NZ, Match 7: NZ won by seven wickets
Ken Williamson’s NZ started the day where they left off yesterday, defeating IND by seven wickets in the first game of virtual cricket.
Having put to bat by NZ, IND lost Rohan Sharma in only the second ball of the game, but a 37-run stand between Shikhar Dhaven and captain Viraj Kohli took IND out of their misery. KL Rajul played his cameo as IND posted 60/3 in five overs.
NZ started off brilliantly with the bat, but lost Markus Guptill in the second over, and Callum Munro followed suit three balls later. Williamson, however, took the matter in his hand and remained unbeaten at 23 off 10 deliveries to reach the target in 4.3 overs.
ENG vs AUS, Match 8: AUS won by eight wickets
In what was an exciting virtual match between AUS and ENG, the former registered a thumping eight-wicket victory over the latter.
ENG, in fact, failed to ooze any kind of confidence with the bat, losing wicket after wicket in all five overs. A late blitz by the likes of Jason Ray and Brad Stokes, however, guided them to 57/5, but that, unfortunately, wasn’t enough as AUS reached the target in just four overs, riding on the back of Daniel Warners’ 12-ball 33. Sam Smith and Glen Maxwall did the rest as AUS continued their unbeaten run in the e-cricket tournament.
SA vs PAK, Match 9: SA won by two runs
After winning the toss and electing to bat, SA posted 59/5 in five overs of the simulated reality league cricket tournament, with opener Quincy de Kock scoring 42 in just 15 deliveries. JP Dominic, coming after the third over, hit 12 off six balls as SA ended their innings on high.
PAK, on the other hand, made a promising start, with openers Baba Azem and Fakhar Zakir stitching a 36-run stand, but their innings dwindled as they failed to keep up with the asking run-rate before failing short by two runs.
IND vs AUS, Match 10: AUS won by 10 wickets
AUS continued their domination in their second game of the day, piling further misery on IND by beating them by 10 wickets. Having elected to field, the AUS bowlers kept IND in check and restricted them to 60/3 in five overs, with Rohan Sharma scoring 27 in 10 deliveries.
The likes of Warner and captain Armand Finch decided to end the game quick as AUS reached the target in 3.3 overs, with the former scoring 21 in eight, while the latter accumulating 40 in 13.
ENG vs PAK, Match 11: ENG won by nine wickets
After an underwhelming performance early in the day, ENG got back to winnings way, this time defeating PAK by nine wickets.
PAK, after put in to bat, made a fantastic start, with their openers scoring 39 in 3.1 overs. Shoaeb Malik came late in the game to take them all the way to 63/1 after scoring a seven-ball 17. For ENG, on the other hand, they had a similar start but were more explosive in their approach. After James Butler was dismissed in the third over, Bairstow and captain Ian Morgan reached the target in just 3.4 overs.
SA vs NZ, Match 12: SA won by 20 runs
SA opener Quincy de Kock once again played a blistering knock, scoring 43 off just 15 deliveries, that included five boundaries and three sixes. Captain Fabian du Plessis smashed 37 in 14 as SA posted a whopping 82/2 on board.
NZ lost Callum Munro in the very first ball of their innings, and while Guptill and Williamson did try to resurrect the fallen ship, the figures were too big to achieve. By the end of the fifth over, NZ were 62/2, losing the game by 20 runs.