Geneva Sri Lanka CC vs Geneva CC, Premier League, Bout-du-Monde, 5 August 2018
Geneva Cricket Club 266 all out in 40 overs overs (Idrees 94, Afif 67, Zahid 63, Uddika 8-1-43-3, Mounir 8-3-17-2) beat Geneva Sri Lanka Cricket Club 158 all out in 30.3 overs (Zakir 57, Ashwin 6-1-26-3, Kashif 4-0-26-3) by 108 runs
Captained by Khurram, Geneva CC eliminated the Geneva Sri Lanka Cricket Club off the Cricket Switzerland Premier League (CSPL) by beating them with a margin of 108 runs. This has put Geneva CC on top of the standing table with seven victories out of seven matches. Geneva CC will play the quarter-finals of the CSPL on 2 September against Power Winterthur CC!
GSLCC won the toss and decided to field on a heatwave-hit day with temperatures wavering around 35°C. GSLCC started with a serious disadvantage because of a missing player (only 10 took the field). Geneva CC’s innings was in the beginning a one-man show. Idrees (94 off 43 balls) single-handedly took the task to score the runs for the team, but a great bowling partnership between the deceiving pace and good length of Mounir and the spin of Uddika brought the momentum to an end. The pair bowled an uninterrupted spell of 8 overs each that started in the 16th over at 110 for 2 and finished in the 32nd at 170 for 7. Until the 7th wicket fell at 25.4 overs, they took 5 wickets for 28 runs only. Zahid thus came for the 8th wicket and started to build up a partnership with Afif. The latter displayed some real cricketing skills by patiently leaving good balls, rotating the strike and putting away bad deliveries with stylish boundary-bound cover drives and many other great shots of the book. One of the best innings of the season so far. On the other side, Zahid was resilient and accelerated hard towards the end of his innings (he hit four sixes in a row in the 36th over!) Afif and Zahid put up a stellar partnership of 107 runs off 75 balls. In other words, Geneva would have been dead without the performance of those three batsmen!
To some extent, GSLCC’s innings mirrored GCC’s, as a great 104-run partnership off 73 balls between Zakir and Krishanta put some serious pressure on Geneva. The lack of stability in the top order was the big difference though. Ashwin opened the bowling with Afif and got quickly rid of the three highest batters in the lineup. This is when Zakir and Krishanta played excellently throughout nearly 16 overs. The middle overs bowling by Kashif, Aamir and Raafey were good enough to keep up the required run rate, but it was Khurram who changed the innings by finally slashing the partnership with a gushing offspinner (Krishanta bowled out at 24.2). When Mounir was bowled out by Kashif (152-5 in 28.3 overs), it then took only 12 balls for the latter, Raafey and Darius to wipe out the tail.