Venue: Rajdhani College, Delhi University
SSCBS, riding on their winning streak and surprising all by entering the league stage of the prestigious DU Inter College tournament were comprehensively beaten by Aryabhatta College in their first group match.
Aryabhatta went in to bat first on a flat pitch. An aggressive 73 ball 100 from Rajesh and a superb 20 ball 46 from captain Pulkit ensured that Aryabhatta were never lagging behind in their run rate and eventually scored 272 runs in their allotted 40 overs for the loss of 8 wickets. SSCBS captain Nikhil Yadav struck gold with the ball, capturing 5 wickets in his 8 overs but most of his wickets came towards the end of the innings when bulk of the scoring had already been done.
Many would have given SSCBS a chance considering their strong batting line up, but the final score line suggest that it was too high a mountain to climb. SSCBS folded for 76 runs inside 22 overs with no batsman scoring anything worth mentioning. They lost wickets at quick and regular intervals and thus never looked like even getting closer to the target. Shivankand Aryabhatta captain Pulkit shared the honors in bowling, capturing 3 wickets each.
SSCBS find themselves in deep waters now with only a few matches to play in the group stage and a significant amount of net run rate to cover. Things will not get easier for them with the strong Khalsa team in their group. But as they say, cricket is a game of uncertainties. On the other hand, Aryabhatta will look to consolidate their position with another win in their next game. They carry a lot of confidence and a very healthy net run rate with them for the remainder of the matches.
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