Match Report: A viking comeback as the shipoars shipping sink
The Qualifier 1 of the T-30 Cricket League in New Delhi was played between the Vikings XI and Shipoars Shipping. The toss was won by the Vikings who chose to bat first.
The batsmen of Vikings worked as a single unit as everyone played their part and contributed towards the cumulative total. The opening stand lasted for 77 as Shoaib went on to score 47 off 32 while his partner made 42 off 49. Number 3 batsman Ishanth chipped in with 28 and managed the middle overs.
Coming at number 5, Sahil Khan scored an excellent 47 to make sure the Vikings crossed the 200 mark providing an ideal finish. Sanjeev Pant who was brought into the bowling attack late in the innings took 3 wickets in 4 overs while Kapil Kantiwal bowled an economical spell bagging 2 wickets as well as the Vikings lost 8 of their wickets.
At the loss of 8 wickets, the Vikings set a good target of 213 in 30 overs for the Shipoars Shipping.
Just like their rivals, Shipoars Shipping made a good opening start as well with 74. Nitin Kasana missed his half century by just 1 run while his opening partner supported him with a modest 23. It was the number 4 batsman, Tarun Singh Chhonker who top scored with 58 off 55 balls. It was flowing quite well for the Shipoars Shipping but they were losing wickets on the other end as well.
The final 10 overs of the game saw a dramatic swing as late heroics from Rakesh Das and Karamveer Solanki bagged two quick wickets each turning the game upside down. Tarun’s efforts were in vain as the Shipoars Shipping were bowled out for 177 with 5 overs still to spare. Shoaib also claimed 3 crucial wickets and bowled a brilliant spell.
The Viking XIs comfortably won the game in the end with 36 runs.