In what we call a strong come back after having lost the earlier series, Weekend Warriors gained 2-0 lead against Guadalajara Super Kings in the ongoing 4-match series.
Super Kings lost the toss and were asked to bowl first on a pitch that looked like a good batting track. Goutham Dhanabalan started the bowling really well giving nothing away and drying up the runs. This suddenly built the pressure on the batsmen of Weekend Warriors which made them lose wickets in a hurry. Shashikant Hirugade played well at one end but the mounting pressure at the other end resulted in his wicket. Subsequently, a misunderstanding between the batsmen at crease resulted in another wicket. With the lose of quick wickets, Weekend Warriors chances to make a high score looked gloomy. This is when the captain Rohit Parmar started throwing his bat around and his cameo made it look like Weekend Warriors will be able to achieve a decent score. However, some sensible bowling from Buddha Akisetti, Logeshkumar and co. made sure that the batting team ended up with a below par score on what looked like a good wicket to bat on.
While Super Kings bowlers Buddha Akisetti 4/14 and Bravin VJ 2/11 made sure the batting team never gets off the ground, knocks from Captain Rohit Parmar 34(27) and Shashikant Hirugade 18(20) saved the day for Weekend Warriors.
Requiring just 105 to win in 20 overs, Super Kings started brilliantly in the power play credits to Fayaz Ahamed for his quick fire innings. This is when Weekend Warriors decided to take the pace off the ball. They started bowling their spinners and slow bowlers who have been very effective in the series so far and produced immediate results. The runs were very hard to come by which made the batsmen to take chances, causing the wickets to fall. Required run-rate climbed to 6 an over. Sudeep Mishra claimed 4 wickets by giving nothing away, in tandem Goutham VS bowled some tight lines. Both gave Weekend Warriors the much required spark in the match. Super Kings batsmen Goutham D and Logeshkumar tried to take the match to the death by playing sensibly but amazing death bowling from Shashikant and Kaviarasu made sure the batting team were 8 runs short of their target.
Fayaz Ahamed 24(23) at the start of the innings, Logeshkumar 13(16) and Goutham Dhanabalan 12(19) could not see Super Kings home thanks to Sudeep Mishra 4/10, Amit Khanna 2/12 and Goutham VS 1/13 who kept the chasing team at bay.
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