The ‘#PlayToEducate: Cricket Gala 2017’ continued on the 12th of October, with the HQ Eagles facing off against the NBS Jaguars. This was the second time the sides met, with the Jaguars beating the Eagles by a massive margin of 9 wickets in a friendly match earlier in the tournament. Just like the previous encounter, the Eagles won the toss and their captain, Mr. Atif Shehzad (from CTSO), decided to bat first again. There were a few nerves in the Eagles players, but they were confident that the return of their swashbuckling opener Mr. Ali Shah (from GTTN) would add some flair and consistency to the batting lineup. However, the match turned out to be a replica of the last game between the two sides, as the Jaguars cantered to an emphatic 8 wicket win.
The Eagles started off well. Mr. Ali Shah threatened to cut loose, hitting 2 sixes in the third over after playing out the first 2 overs with caution. However, he was bowled by Mr. Mateen when he attempted to go for a third consecutive six. His 17 runs were the highest contribution to the Eagles score, as no one could muster up runs in the middle and death overs. The departure of Mr. Ali Shah brought Mr. Amir Rajput to the crease, who used up too many balls without scoring. That built up pressure on the other batsmen. The bowling of the Jaguars was spot on, and the Eagles’ batsmen had no answer to their pace, line and length. Throw a run-out in the mix, and wickets falling at regular intervals; and the Eagles finished with a miserable looking score of 50-7. The second highest contributor to the total was extras, the bowlers giving away 13 runs in that regard. Mr. Mateen finished with 3 wickets.
The Jaguars had done half the job. They came out to bat brimming with confidence, knowing they had made short work of a target bigger than this a few days ago against the same bowling attack. Mr. Bilal Chowhan was the more attacking of the two openers, finding the boundary with ease in the first few overs. He was caught behind for 16, but the damage was already done. The captain of the Jaguars, Dr. Waseem Hassan looked set to finish the game before the half way point in the innings, but the celebrations were delayed a bit when Mr. Sheraz took a one handed stunner on the boundary to dismiss Mr. Sohail Rizwan. It was too little, too late though; the Jaguars cruised to the target with 2 overs to spare. Dr. Waseem top scored with 18 runs, while both Mr. Atif Shehzad and Mr. Atif Bilal got one wicket.
The match, despite being one-sided, was fun. Both the teams were friendly. The on-field commentary was done by Muhammad Aamir. The second innings was played under the floodlights.
This lovely encounter had a pretty huge outcome, helping collect massive amounts of funds for students in NEED. The UAO appreciates everyone who contributed, played or even came to support the players.
Next match in the tournament will be scheduled soon and we will keep you posted on the latest developments. Join us to watch the entertaining spectacles and follow our page www.facebook.com/NEEDInitiative for updates on match schedules. Give education a fighting chance by sponsoring a player or through donating for the cause. Drop a call at 90856838 to donate.