By sportsnewsarena correspondent
Mar 13, 2017
Defending champions Swamibapa capitalized of Stray Lions' assembling a depleted side to advance to another final of the NPCA Twenty20.
With five of their regular players missing, Stray Lion who were still unbeaten ahead of the first qualifier match at Sikh Union had to field players who had not played in the preliminary stage.
Swamibapa capitalized on the weakened team and won by six wickets to qualify for next weekend's final.
Among the new faces that were paraded for the match was the club's chairman Chidambaran Subramanian who bowled the last over as Swamibapa chased down 93 in 17.5 overs.
Lameck Onyango' s lethal opening burst setup the commanding victory for the defending champions. Onyango was fast, aggressive and accurate, putting the Stay Lions on the back foot right from the outset.
He beat the bat on several occasions in his opening over before Jay Mehta was run out in the second over. He then claimed Abraham Vadada with slow ball that had him caught for a duck.
Just when Shyam Sundar was trying to see if he can get something in a third wicket stand with Neil Narvekar, Onyango made it 19 for 3 after 4.2 overs with his second wicket to end with figures of 2-14 from four overs.
Jadavji 'Malindi' Bhimji added on two more wickets to leave Stray Lions on 23 for 5.
Stray Lions needed a partnership
At this stage, Stray Lions needed a partnership to avoid any further wobbles and it came in the form of Narvekar (29 from 36 balls) and Hiren Varaiya (26 from 28).
The pair were extremely composed as they ate away at the target with some brilliant running between the wickets. They struck five boundaries between them to guide the their team to 77 for 6 after 17 overs.
They tried to get to past the hundred mark in the remaining balls but tight bowling and fielding from Swamibapa bowlers made the quest hard and ended on 93 for 9.
In reply, Swamibapa capitalized on the poor seam attack from Stray Lions to win the match comforably. The spin duo of Maurice Odumbe and Varaiya delayed their victory party as they bagged dried up the runs flow with some good bowling show.
Odumbe once again went on to pick three wickets as he proved to be unplayable to Swamibapa batsmen. Maurice Ouma however found a way to take on the two spinners by scoring 25 runs before falling to Odumbe.