Saipem secured a convincing 9 wickets win in their first match against Royal Kashmir
Match details as follows,,,,,
Early December morning ……cold as it can get with chilled wind freezing anything that it touches…….the only warmth you could feel was in Team Saipem Boiz warming up to take on Royal Kashmir for their first game in Al Markab Main League 2016-17.
It was suppose to be a 40overs contest where both teams bat out a maximum of 40overs but Team Saipem had other plans in mind…….guess it was plan C.
Winning the toss Team Saipem put Royal Kashmir in to bat first. The team brief was quick with Skipper Nishant saying ” Boiz Its cold let’s finish this quick” the instructions were simple no mercy, no retreat let’s do this Saipem way!!
Sarwar Khan was entrusted with the new ball and the call paid off in the very first over as he removed Royal Kashmir opener Junaid. Sharing the new ball at the other end was Mujtaba A.K.A Sunny!! In the winter cold, sun was up but without any warmth or shine……instead it was Sunny who actually shined with removing the other opener in his first over. Sarwar gave Royal Kashmir no chance to regroup by striking again leaving opposition 3 down for just 21 runs.
Shoaib and Yasir tried to stabilize Royal Kashmir Inngs but just when a crucial partnership was building Saipem vice captain Rajeesh Ahmed removed Yasir with deceiving flight and turn. Rehman in his amazing spell of 5 overs gave only 15 runs claiming 3 wickets, ensuring no further potential partnerships to build. Rashid bowled exceptionally well and kept flirting with batsmen’s outside edge by bowling just outside off stump line. Mutti and Akhtar gave good support at the other end. The only considerable resistance from Royal Kashmir was show by Shoaib who worked his way to a well struck 50 under pressure but was eventually trapped by Rajeesh Ahmed who claimed 3 wickets in the match. The passion and flair in Saipem bowling attack wrapped up Royal Kashmir Inngs to a below par total of 189.
Saipem was required to score 190 runs in 40 overs to win. Skipper Nishant went in with Rehman who was already having a good day claiming 3 wickets. Rehman is generally the dominant one in any pairing but then again this day was anything but general. Nishant started sending the ball over the boundary rope from the word go. Playing all sorts of shorts to all parts of ground. From smashing cuts to elegant drives, stunning pulls to stylish and wristy flicks and just when you felt you have seen it all he kept on amazing by hitting a reverse sweep for six. By lunch Saipem was already 70 for nil. Rehman after lunch took over from Nishant and completely dominated Royal Kashmir bowlers. In a particular over bowled by Yasir, Rehman went on to hit 5 consecutive fours.
Nishant and Rehman constructed a massive watch wining partnership of 189 runs. Just when the scores were leveled and Saipem required only 1 run to win Rehman fell after thrashing 75 runs off just 35 balls. Nishant at this stage was unbeaten for 107 runs off 70 balls. In comes Pramod to face just one ball which he elegantly hit away for four to complete a convincing win by 9 wickets in just 17. 4 overs.