The recently held finale of the WFOs 2nd Cricket Premier League on 31st July 2022 ,was nothing short of spectacle. The finalists, Himalayan Strikers and Delhi Raptors gave it all but unfortunately the latter didn’t stand a chance. The toss was won by Delhi Raptors and asked the Strikers to bat first. In hindsight, this move was costly.
The Himalayan Strikers had an early scare as opener Kunal was out for nil. It was the crucial partnership of opener Dev who scored 78 off 42 and Ashraf scoring 72 off 39 which put the Strikers in a commanding position. Cruising till the 14th over, the Himalayans had 157 on board. Raptor’s Vivek Gaur had other plans and bagged 3 quick wickets in a succession of only 3 overs.
The overall scoring halted and the Himalayans were struggling at 169 for 6 after an early domination. The final crucial partnership of Vipin Rawat (28 of 16) and Pankaj Dhiman (16 off 14) gave the required finishing touch pushing their total at 219 at the end of the first innings.
It was the Raptor’s turn to bat. They got off to a quiet start as opener Vibhu Vaibhav Gaur managed only 22 off 26 and 1 down batsman Jayant Sati scoring 30 off 31. The real game began after the entrance of Amit Dabas on the field who scored a blistering 72 off 35. The hopes rose but unfortunately 219 was out of reach and the Delhi Raptor’s ended up scoring only 177 for the loss of 4 wickets.
The bowling performance was decent with Nitish, Parkash, Kunal and Harish picking one wicket each.
It was batting force which helped the Himalayan Strikers clinch the title.
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