Shamal went in, batted for a bit, only to be given out to a poor LBW decision, the ball hitting him fairly high and would have certainly gone few inches over the stumps. Ninad walked in at number 10 and not only did he support Farooq, but hit a few smart shots of his own showing maturity and skill well beyond his years. Good lad. Farroq then holed out to long on in the 34th over falling 4 short of a well-deserved 50. We finished our innings at a very respectable 172/9 with Ninad and Ateeq the not out batsmen, and we were in with a serious chance.
Afzaal and Ninad opened the bowling for us and kept it absolutely tight. The pressure was back on the Nomads and Ninad got his 1st wicket of the season with the ball being smartly pouched by Miten (wk) – 2 young boys combining well to get us the first breakthrough. Afzaal not to be outdone, got one to move with the resulting edge once again carrying to Miten. The next one was a classical dismissal with Shamal flightling and dipping one, the batsmen dancing out of his crease only to be deceived by the flight and Miten whipped of the bails in a flash. What a time he was having. The Nomads then started building partnerships, but we kept getting wickets regularly to keep them under check. Shamal picked a great catch at the midwicket boundary just managing to stay inside, and when Ateeq bowled the last man with a slow incutter, the game was over with the Nomads falling short by 17 runs. Afzaal finished with 4 for 18, Ateeq with 3 for 34 and Ninad and Shamal both getting one wicket each. Perfect start to the season and playing to our potential should bring positive results in next rounds as well.
As I write this report, Typhoon Fanapi is making its presence felt but hopefully will pass soon enough to allow the cricket to continue uninterrupted.