The ‘#PlayToEducate: Cricket Gala 2017’ is being conducted in NUST to raise fund for underprivileged students in need. In the fifth match of the gala, the HQ Eagles squared off against the NBS Jaguars. Mr. Atif Shehzad (from CSTO Office), captain of the Eagles, won the toss and continued the trend of batting first. The decision looked right at the moment, as teams batting first had fared well in the gala. However, it was the Jaguars, captained by Dr. Wasim from NBS, who ended up comfortable winners by a massive margin of 9 wickets.
The match promised to be a close affair. However, those thoughts were quickly blown away by the magnificence of the Jaguars. The Eagles started off well, as their captain Mr. Atif and Mr. Sheraz Tarar (from UAO) both got runs. The second over of the innings went for 20, the most expensive over of the match. Once the partnership was broken, Mr. Sheraz caught and bowled by Mr. Asad Shah ( for 16, the Eagles lost their way. Their batting order crumbled, with Mr. Atif and Mr. Haider soon dismissed too. That brought new batsmen to the crease, who played too many dot balls and built up pressure on the middle order. Wickets fell at regular intervals, and the Eagles were never really allowed to play their shots. At the end of the 8 overs, the Eagles ended up with a meager score of 67-6.
The bowling and fielding of the Jaguars fared the same way. Their total of 28 extras was not only the highest contributor to the Eagles’ total; it was the biggest total of extras in the entire gala. There was a slight concern for the Jaguars towards the end, as Mr. Asad Shah went off injured while bowling the second last over. That brought Mr. Gohar to complete the over, who got 2 wickets off the last two balls, and then followed that up with one more wicket in the last over. Mr. Gohar finished with 4 wickets.
The Jaguars knew the total was small and easily chase-able. They started their innings with a flurry, Mr. Malik Shoaib plundering 18 off the first over. They had showed their intent of finishing it off in a hurry, and the Eagles had no answer to their aggressiveness. None of the bowlers was spared, as Mr. Shoaib and his opening partner Mr. Sohail dispatched everything off-line out of the ground. Mr. Shoaib got out for a well-played 32 on the penultimate ball of the match, trying to finish the match off with a six. That just brought Mr. Sohail on strike to smash the next ball into the stands, and finish the match in style.
Overall, the match was played in good spirits. This lovely 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.