Bashers vs Pudong (April 27, 2008)
Denzyl won the toss and elected to bowl first in the early morning start.
Excellent early bowling spells from Sameer and Denzyl saw the Bashers on top in the early exchanges restricting Pudong to 61 for 4 at the half way stage. With temperatures rising the concentration levels wavered a little and Pudong managed to reach a respectable 162 all out after 32 overs.
Sheyan and Sanjay opened the batting in response, and were immediately in their groove, putting on a rapid 79 off 12 overs. Sheyan was happy playing second fiddle to Sanjay who was timing the ball beautifully and carting the bowlers to all corners with a cultured, aggressive display of hitting. Ollie and Sanjay came in and provided support to the run chase (along with Mal – who provided a reminder of the Bashers of old with a disputed first baller) reaching the target with just under 10 overs remaining.
Mentions should go to Denzyl, Sameer and Sunny in particular for very probing spells, and to Sanjay who ended just short of a maiden century on his debut (96*).
Thanks also to Sanjay Anugula for finally making an appearance for his team of choice.