Survival’s Dwarka and Asgar Fiery Partnership Key to Defeat Cavaliers
By Mahendra Hariraj
July 24, 2015
Sunday scorching weather was not the only thing blazing at the 150 Rockaway cricketing venue, so were the batting of middle order batsmen Ravindra Dwarka and Asgar Khan. The contest was staged between Survival Cricket Club and Cavaliers in the NYSCL President Cup 25 overs competition. Survival won the toss, electing to bat and was off to quick start. Mahendra Hariraj and M. Khan started the inning with good aggression making 13 and 19 runs receptively in a 47 runs partnership in just 6 overs.
However, a blowing change from Cavaliers brought a few quick wickets. The fall of wickets shifted momentum of the game with Survival 63 for 4 wickets. It was at this point, R. Dwarka and Asgar Khan took a destructive wallop to the Cavalier bowlers. R. Dwarka took the Cavaliers’ bowling to pieces as he unleashed some extravagant but classy shots.
Dwarka was equally matches by Asgar Khan who also dispatched anything loose from the Cavaliers bowlers. The batting duo blazed the bowling to all corners of the park with some scintillating batting and regaining the momentum. Dwarka complied a blistering inning of 39 runs off just spending four overs at the crease before been caught on the square leg boundary. The innings from Dwarka included 4 marvelous 4’s which three were consecutives fours.
To top his stylish inning, Dwarka powered 1 massive 6 over the midwicket. Meanwhile, Asgar Khan put on a running exhibition picking up quick runs and rotating the strike. Despite Khan’s urge for fast singles, he also took a liking to the Cavalier bowlers and muscled 3 brilliant 4’s and 1 towering 6 in his inning of 33 runs.
Seemly, the batting partnership was instrumental and valuable giving Survival a respectable total of 190 all out in their allotted 25 overs. Cavaliers’ bowlers had measured response to the batting onslaught with only decent bowling figures coming from Rishi Singh, Gavesh Arjune and Ralph Ramsaroop who took 2 wickets each at key intervals.
The stage was sent for a good run chase. Cavaliers needed 191 runs from their share of 25 overs. Cavaliers’ batters looked determined to knock off the 191 target but Survival had other plans. With a strategic field setting from skipper Asif Ahamad, Survival looked to restrict the Cavalier batters early.
The plan from Asif Ahamad worked well, as veteran batsman Sunil Panday was caught on the long off boundary for just 13 runs. Wickets continued to fall at regular intervals but the score was also being ticked along. Cavalier’s only hope was Gavesh Arjune who muscled some massive sixes over the leg-side boundary. Gavesh Arjune was joined by his bother T. Arjune who played a handy knock of 18 runs.
Despite, the batting efforts from the Arjune brothers, Survival bowling and fielding was too clinical for Cavaliers. Survival bowling troubled all of the Cavalier batsmen. Survival captain Asif Ahamad spun a web around the clueless batsmen grabbing 3 wickets in his 5 overs for just 33 runs and taking the key wicket of Gavesh Arjune.
Gavesh Arjune mad a hopeful 35 runs including some towering sixes but he was brilliantly caught on the square boundary off the tactical bowling of Asif Ahamad. Survival Asgar Khan also bowled a great spell of 5 overs for 2 wickets and just giving way 21 runs. Survival third consecutive victory was insight as Romesh Mangar took 2 wickets for 29 runs in his 4.1 overs to halt the Cavaliers batting reply at 155 all out. Survival’s next game is against West Dem XI at the 150 Rockaway Park. Come join us! Live the Passion Survival Loves Cricket.