TROJAN CRICKET CLUB
University of Southern California
Trojan Tigers vs Cardinal Knights match reportSep 14, 2017 09:39 PM | Cardinal Knights won by 30 runs | Scorecard
The CPL season's second game week took place last weekend and 'runs' were the only motto as both games showcased exhilarating high-scoring events., The Tigers commenced their campaign against the Knights as they fell to an unfortunate loss by 30 runs.
The Knights skipper, Vaibhav Oberoi, won the toss and elected to bat first in their second game of the season. Openers, Sushil Premjani (20) and Denver Bopaiah (53), came into start proceedings and gave the Knights a rock solid start. Sneh Kishen and Swapneel Dabholkar gave their best to break the opening stand but after a few steady over, runs slowly began to flourish for the Knights. It was Faizan Mohammed who got the first breakthrough for the Tigers as Sushil Premjani had to depart following his entertaining innings. One wicket saw the fall of two more as the bowling combo of Ravindra Jain, Faizan Mohammed and Ankit Sultania pulled the match balance back in favor of the Tigers. Gaurav Mathur (8) and Vaibhav Oberoi (8) provided some resistance along with Denver but once the trio fell, it looked all but done for the innings of the Knights. Sagar Patel (19) and rookie, Abhishek Prakash (16), then took up immense responsibility for the side and provided a partnership that propelled the Knights from a substandard score to an above par score. Contributions from Jay Patel (5), Eshwar Laxmi (7) and Mayur Shah (5) in less than run-a-ball saw the Knights reach a fighting total of 163.
Cardinal Knights: 162/9 in 18 overs
Pick of the Bowlers for Trojan Tigers: Sneh Kishen 4-0-24-3
A daunting, yet achievable total, for the Tigers looked ahead as openers, Muthu Rajendran and Aditya Shah started proceedings for the Tigers. Their start didn't go as planned as Denver Bopaiah and Mayur Shah both bagged wickets in their first overs to pile the pressure on the Tigers. Adnan Ali (26) then started an incredible fightback as his quick fire innings of 16 balls along with Shashi Kiran Yellapa (28) boosted the Tigers on par with the required run rate. Runs started to flow for the Tigers but Abhishek Prakash came to put a hold on the party by bagging the prized wicket of Adnan Ali. Shashi along with Ankit Sultania (14) kept the run rate accelerating but skipper, Vaibhav Oberoi, held the brakes on the innings with an important wicket of Ankit Sultania. Sharath Chintalapudi (11) and skipper, Swapneel Dabholkar (17) provided a few mighty blows but was not enough as wickets started to fall at a quick rate to shift the match balance entirely to the Knights. Mayur Shah's double wicket over almost bagged the game for the Knights and with 30-odd runs needed of the last over, the match was all but done for the Tigers as they fell short by 30 runs.
Trojan Tigers: 132/10 in 18 overs
Pick of the bowlers for Cardinal Knights: Mayur Shah 3-0-22-3
Man of the Match: Denver Bopaiah for his all-round effort
Overall, a lot of positives to take for the Tigers as a long season awaits them. As for the Cardinal Knights, a lot of confidence to take for their remaining fixtures as they make it two out of two wins.