Teams-Dhoni Intermediate B-Stars vs NPS
Dhoni Intermediate B team played their first match NPS International School with the host NPS team. All boys of Dhoni Stars were exited for the match and ready with their warm up and discussed their game plan including fielding placement, batting and bowling order.
Both Team captains went for Toss which was won by Dhoni Stars led by Pratyush Sharma who elected to field.
The bowling spell started with Arin Chatterjee and Aditya Amrutkar for first 4 overs. NPS team The run rate of NPS was high in the initial over though Arin and Aditya did their best to bring contain the run spill of NPS with Aditya gave only 4 runs in the 4th over.
After the first 2 pairs retired due to the match rule of 20 runs or 20 balls whichever comes first, Madhav and Aryan continued with their bowling and contained ther runs of NPS with most economical bowling and got a run out with a direct throw by Aditya from mid off straight to the keepers end.
The next 4 four overs were bowled by Ajaykrishna – left arm medium pacer and Anay Apte. While the NPS batsmen revived their run rate but their was run out by Keeper Rohit assisted by Aditya.
In the next bowling spell from medium pacers Pratyush and Prish but due to short balls and full tosses, NPS hit 4s and 6s but Pratyush managed to bowled both batsman while Prish got a wicket with superb catch by Sattwik at mid off. There was also run out during Prish’s over.
At the end of 20 overs, NPS scored 157 with a loss of 6 wickets
Although it was challenging task for Dhoni Stars boys to score the target of 158 and Rohit and Abhijieth did the opening. While Abhijieth and Rohit were taking singles and run rate was at par of NPS during first few overs but unfortunately Abhijeith got run out. Ater Pratyush came one down, the partnership went very well with Rohit scored 16 off 20 balls with 2 fours and Pratyush scored 9 off 20 balls. Both had to retire as per match rules. Unfortunately, Prish got bowled after facing 3rd ball then Anay and Ajaykrishna took to reins but found challenging to increase the run rate. Ajaykrishna and Anay were out due to run out and catch. Thereafter Aryan, Sattwik and Madhav continued and Sattwik scored 15 off 13 balls with 3 fours and Madhav scoring 4 in the last 3 balls brought the score to 104 with a loss of 3 wickets.
Although Dhoni Stars lost the game against their opponent NPS but overall, everyone gave their best though there were lot of things to learn, they performed well and did not gave up easily and stayed positive until the end, which was remarkable.
All in all, Rohit was awarded best performing player of Dhoni Stars team for scoring highest runs and performed well in his wicket keeping.