The morning match didn’t disappoint with the Madras Cafe Superkings notching up their first Outrigger T20 win in a thrilling victory against an 8 man Phuket Asian Cricket Team (PACT).
The PACT captain Manish Sadarangani won the toss, and short on players, he choose for his side to bat first. Dipesh Bagdal and Taweekorn Suttiprapha got PACT away to a great start reaching 87/0 at the drinks break.
Suttiprapha was bowled 8 balls later and his captain walked off without scoring shortly after thanks to a great over from Superking Aamir Ali. Bagdal continued to battle on for his side bringing up his maiden half century.
PACT finished on 151/6 (Bagdal 65, Suttiprapha 27) while Ali took 2/22 from his 4 overs.
The Superkings found the swinging ball hard to play early in their innings losing 4 quick wickets in 4 overs making the run chase very difficult.
Hossain Sylar of PACT was the chief destroyer, swinging himself to 3/13 from his 4 overs. The Superkings found a partnership when Aamir Ali and Mudasir Rehman came together for the 6th wicket just before the drinks break. The pair put on a 69 run partnership off 37 balls before a running mix-up finished Rehman’s 29 run innings.
Ali continued to target the leg-side fence, when he was eventually bowled in the 17th over. He had accumulated 58 runs from 39 balls including 3 x sixes and 5 x fours. 27 runs were needed from 21 balls for the Superkings to gain an Outrigger T20 win with their captain Balesh Desai and Rahul Dangwal now out in the middle.
The game remained in the balance with Suttiprapha bowling the final over and 9 runs separating the teams. The first 3 balls went for just 3 runs, the fourth ball was hit for 3 runs and brought the captain Desai on strike.
Desai hit the fifth ball onto the leg-side and the batsman raced back for a 2nd run. With 1 run to draw and 2 to win for the Superkings captain struck the final ball into a vacant leg side area, the batsman scampered back for a 2nd run as Suttiprapha fielded off his own bowling but was unable to hit the stumps with the throw. Andrew McMillan