The third match of the ‘#PlayToEducate: Cricket Gala 2017’ was held on the 22nd of September, 2017 to raise funds for students in need. It was between two teams of SCME, the School of Chemical and Materials Engineering. On a hot evening, SCME Warriors, captained by Mr. Abdur Raziq, won the toss and elected to bat first. The tactic worked, as the SCME Tigers had to field in the intense sunshine, wearing them out. At the end, in the closest match in the gala yet, it was the Warriors who nicked it, beating the Tigers by 4 runs.
The match was highly contested by both teams. All the players gave it their all to try and proceed to the next round. It was the Tigers who started off well, despite losing the toss, as they struck in their first over. However, the Warriors consolidated their position with quick-fire cameos from Amir and their captain Raziq. Mr. Haider Ayub of the Warriors was given a life-line when he was batting at 4 when the Tigers dropped a simple catch. This proved costly as he remained unbeaten on 19. However, he wasn’t supported from the other end, as wickets continued to tumble. Tigers’ captain Mr. Sohail Siddiqui was on a hat trick at one stage, and he made sure his bowlers followed a good line and length that ensured that the Warriors could only score 84. Mr. Qaiser Bangash finished the innings with 3 wickets.
In reply, the Tigers got off to a good start, plundering 12 runs off the first over. The Warriors responded by picking up the wickets of both the openers. The middle order of the Tigers wasted too many balls in the middle overs. With 46 still required and only 3 overs left, Qaiser took it upon himself to carry the Tigers’ attack. He plundered the bowlers for 3 sixes and 2 fours in the space of only 6 balls. He took his team to within a whisker of victory but could not take them over the line, he was dismissed in the last over for a well-played 32. The Tigers could not recover from there on, and finished 4 runs short of the target. The bowling of the Warriors was pretty wayward at times, their total of 16 extras being the second highest contributor to the Tigers’ total.
Overall, the match was played in good spirit. Both the teams were friendly to each other, with the occasional jokes coming from both teams. The ground commentary was done by students from SCME in turns; Tigers player Mr. Sarmad Kiyani proved to be a crowd favorite.
This thrilling encounter had a pretty huge outcome, helping collect massive amounts of funds for the 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.