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Cyprus Eagles CTL won by 7 wickets
Player of the match: Srinivas Angarekkala
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Cyprus Eagles beat Nicosia Tigers by 7 wickets

Right then, settle down, get your breaths back. A game that looked like a walk in the park for Eagles at the halfway stage turns into an instant thriller by the end of it. If one has to gauge the performance of two teams, it could aptly be described as patchy.

Both sides bowled bountiful of extras, dropped sitters, and missed some ludicrous runouts and yet it was Tigers that came out of it on the losing side. Perhaps, two big drops in the penultimate over proved just a tad bit costly for them.

Chasing 95, Eagles were not off to the best of starts as Jawad Shah departed in the first over itself on the paltry score of 4. However, it was his partner Srinivas Angarekkala (41* off 29) that ensured that Eagles started their campaign off with a win.

The dasher was all over the Tigers bowlers and smashed them around the park by collecting 6 sumptuous boundaries and a cheeky six, which incidentally was the winning shot.

Wicketkeeper Naseer Ahmed provided him good support, although it is pertinent ton note that Ahmed got as many as three reprieves when the Tigers fielders jumbled up the runout chances. It didn't hep the Tigers cause that they bowled 18 extras and allowed the opposition to breathe free in a tight chase.

All in all, it was another heartbreak for Tigers who have now lost two close games in the last two nights. They will have a chance later in the night to restore the parity as a reverse fixture of this game is played.

So that was all we had in store for this game. This is Abhinav Singh and my fellow textpert Bala signing off. Do stick around, here at Sportskeeda as the sporting action ceases to end here. Until next time, goodnight and goodbye!
9
overs
96 /4 score
0
1b
2
1
2
6
runs
cricket bat icon Srinivas Angarekkala *
41 (29)
cricket bat icon Manikanta Ranimekala
7 (3)
cricket ball icon Amir Sohail
2 /22
8.6 Amir Sohail to Srinivas Angarekkala, SIX! He connects this time and takes his team home! Attempts the ramp shot once again. Connects it perfectly and gets it well over the fineleg boundary
8.5 Amir Sohail to Srinivas Angarekkala, DROPPED! It's that fielder again at square leg. Another sitter goes down. Srinivas tries the ramp shot once again but miscues it straight up in the air. Just six more runs required now
A big big drop at the clutch moment. Is that the match dropped?
8.4 Amir Sohail to Manikanta Ranimekala, short of a length outside the off-stump. It is too quick for Manikanta and he gets the top edge. The fielder at square leg drops a sitter though
8.3 Amir Sohail to Manikanta Ranimekala, good length delivery wide of the off-stump. Drives the ball to wide long-off. Bit of a fumble in the deep and they scamper back for the second
8.2 Amir Sohail to Srinivas Angarekkala, fabulous yorker from Sohail but the keeper fails to hold on. Difficult take for him, to be fair
8.1 Amir Sohail to Srinivas Angarekkala, length delivery angling into the right-hander. Brushes the thigh pad on the way to the keeper
Amir Sohail [1-0-11-1] to bowl the penultimate over from over the wicket

A brilliant over from Hasan up until the last ball where he only conceded 4 runs. However, a thick outside edge on the final ball meant that Eagles collected a much-required boundary to inch closer to the victory. However, the game is far from done. We still have some drama in this contest!
8
overs
84 /4 score
0
2
0
0
1
1w
4
runs
cricket bat icon Srinivas Angarekkala
33 (25)
cricket bat icon Manikanta Ranimekala *
4 (1)
cricket ball icon Rashidul Hassan
0 /22
7.6 Rashidul Hasan to Manikanta Ranimekala, FOUR! Lucky runs, but they wouldn't care. Manikanta throws the kitchen sink at this good length ball. Gets the leading edge that goes straight over the fielder at short thirdman
7.6 Rashidul Hasan to Manikanta Ranimekala, errs in the line slightly with the full and wide delivery. The margins are minimal in this format
7.5 Rashidul Hasan to Srinivas Angarekkala, length delivery outside the off-stump. Drags it across to long-on for a single
7.4 Rashidul Hasan to Srinivas Angarekkala, full ball wide of the off-stump. Mistimes it off the toe end of the bat back to the bowler
7.3 Rashidul Hasan to Srinivas Angarekkala, full and wide of the off-stump. Srinivas swings his blade without moving his legs and makes no contact
7.2 Rashidul Hasan to Srinivas Angarekkala, length delivery wide of off-stump. Srinivas slaps it through the off-side. The fielder at sweeper cover has some work to do as the batters collect a brace
7.1 Rashidul Hasan to Srinivas Angarekkala, length ball outside the off-stump. Srinivas moves across the crease and attempts a ramp shot but makes no contact
Rashidul Hasan [1-0-14-0] to bowl his final over as well

A little shift in momentum in the last 12 deliveries as only 13 runs come off it and Eagles lose 2 big wickets. Like last evening's game, Tigers are making a late comeback. Can they continue to apply the chokehold? 19 runs required in 18 balls
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