Here’s what happened on Day 4 of the fourth week of Virtual Cricket Tournament 2020.
The final day of the fourth week of the Virtual Cricket Tournament 2020 saw six matches being played on Friday, June 26. 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 ENG, Match 19: ENG won by eight wickets
ENG started the final day in style by beating AUS by a whopping eight wickets.
After winning the toss and putting AUS to bat, Michael Wood picked two for eight in his over as AUS registered 54/3 in five overs. Openers Daniel Warner and Armand Finch posted 22 for first wicket, and no one apart from Glen Maxwall managed to do anything positive with the bat.
ENG, on the other hand, endured a disastrous start, losing their openers in the first two overs, but Ian Morgan and James Root combined to take their side to an eight-wicket victory.
IND vs SA, Match 20: IND won by nine wickets
IND continued their winning on the final day, this time beating SA by nine wickets.
SA were put in to bat, and a composed bowling performance from IND saw them restricting their opponents to just 46/3 in five overs. Only their openers managed to score in double, while the middle order failed.
IND had a poor start with a bat, but opener Rohan Sharma and captain Viraj Kohli sailed them a nine-wicket victory in just 3.4 overs.
NZ vs PAK, Match 21: NZ won by 31 runs
NZ put on a dominant display against PAK, and managed to outrun them by 31 runs in the final group stage game of virtual cricket.
Having won the toss and elected to bat, NZ 72/1 in five overs, with Callum Munro scoring 32 off 15, while Markus Guptill smashing 37 off 17. The openers bashed eight boundaries and four sixes between them.
PAK, too, made a positive start, but lost two wickets in four balls. And as they failed to cope with the asking run-rate, the fell 31 runs short, registering 41/2 in five overs.
ENG vs NZ, Semi-Final 1: ENG won by 30 runs
After beating AUS early in the day, ENG build on the momentum by defeating NZ by 30 runs in the first semi-final of e-cricket match.
NZ elected to field and managed to dislodge James Butler early in the game. Jackson Bairstow and Ian Morgan joined forces to take their side from 13/1 to the highest score of the day, 74/1. Like ENG, NZ too lost an early wicket, but unlike them, they failed to put runs on the board, eventually losing 30 runs, having scored 44/1 in five overs.
IND vs AUS, Semi-Final 2: IND won by seven wickets
AUS’ day went from bad to worse as they lost their second game of the day, this time against IND by seven wickets.
IND once again elected to field, and dislodged AUS’ opener inside three overs. With the run-rate on the a downward spiral, IND kept the momentum going, and restricted AUS to 50/3. With the bat, IND made a decent start and despite losing wickets in quick succession, they reached their target in 4.4 overs, setting up a final against ENG.
ENG vs IND, Final: IND won by eight wickets
IND registered their third consecutive one-sided victory, this time in the final of the simulated reality league cricket tournament against ENG.
IND put ENG to bat, and a precise bowling effort saw them restricting their opponent to 51/4, with only James Butler (21 off 12 balls) and Jason Ray (11 off five) scoring in double figures.
With the bat, they lost Rohan Sharma in the very first delivery and then Viraj Kohli in the subsequent over. Shikhar Dhaven and KL Rahul then combined to guide their team to an eight-wicket victory.