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Royal Cricket Padova 135/2 (10 ov)
Padova 88/6 (10 ov)
Royal Cricket Padova won by 47 runs.
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Royal Cricket Padova need to take all the positives into tomorrow. Today it was mostly a one man show, but tomorrow they will hope for the team to collectively do well, outplay the oppositions in all departments and keep the momentum going. That's all from this game, but do switch tabs to witness the final group game between Lonigo and Venezia to see who faces the latter in the semi finals tomorrow. If Lonigo win, RCP will face off Venezia, but if Loniga lose, it'll be them playing Venezia. Tomorrow promises to be a cracker of a day with the championship on line, so do join us for that too! For now, along with Manas Upadhyay, it'll be me, Ankit Sharma, bidding you farewell. 
Royal Cricket Padova have shown their class, their dominance today, and have in a way sent a warning to the top two teams in the table that RCP are not to be taken lightly. They have the quality, the will and the determination to go all the way. They'll definitely come in hard tomorrow, hoping to replicate a similar performance and go all the way. Although Venezia have had a perfect record so far, and will be aiming to maintain it throughout. 
The middle order, that was already struggling to find their rhythm in the tournament were given an almost impossible task to recover from a slow start, and eventually kept loosing their wickets in regular intervals without hampering the required rate by much. The Royal Cricket Padova bowlers were not worried about the odd boundary or six in each over, as they had a lot of runs behind them to defend. Once into the 6th over, when the score was under 10 an over, it was certain that Padova will not be able to strike back and emerge victorious. It was known at the mid innings break itself, but in Cricket there's always hope. Unfortunately for Padova, their series is over with this loss, as they fail to qualify for the semi finals. They've done well, they've managed to win a couple of games, but their team just hasn't done enough to make the most of their chances. 
Royal Cricket Padove came into defend their total beaming high in confidence with a mammoth score on the board. Padova on the other hand came under a lot of pressure in this much win scenario for them. The Padova skipper opened the batting only to be outdone for a golden duck by the opposition's skipper in the very first over of the game. That gave more momentum to the chasing side that were already looking favourites. The openers that should ideally have given a strong start, set the platform for the hitters to go berserk failed and were both dismissed inside the powerplay itself, without a lot of runs on the board. 
Chamara Weerasinghe completes the formalities bowling the last over to conclude a pretty one sided game in his teams favour. A couple of boundaries picked up in the final over, but only to reduce the deficit of the victory, not to hamper the chances of Royal Cricket Padova. A pretty easy second innings for Royal Cricket Padova who win by a comfortable margin of 47 runs. 
Over: 10 | Summary: 0 1 4 4 0 1 Bowler: Chamara Warnakulasuriya Score: 87/6
9.6 Chamara Weerasinghe to Ghulam Abbas, length ball on the off stump, the batsman dances down the track, meets the ball on the full and drills that down to long on for a single.
9.5 Chamara Weerasinghe to Ghulam Abbas, no run, full ball outside off, the batsman swings across the line but misses 
9.4 Chamara Weerasinghe to Ghulam Abbas, FOUR MORE! Length ball on the middle stump angling in, the batsman holds his ground and whips that through the backward square leg region for a boundary!
9.3 Chamara Weerasinghe to Ghulam Abbas, FOUR! SHOT! Full ball on the middle stump, the batsman plants his front foot across and heaves that over the mid-wicket region for a boundary!
9.2 Chamara Weerasinghe to Nissanka Kuda, length ball on the off stump, the batsman chops that onto his pads. The ball rolls towards the bowler and the batsmen take a single.
9.1 Chamara Weerasinghe to Nissanka Kuda, length ball on the off stump angling in, the batsman goes for the pull but misses. Hit on the body and the batsman seems a tad uncomfortable after getting stuck
Chamara Warnakulasuriya, into the attack. 
Even statistically Padova cannot win the game now, with over 50 runs required in the final over. Kumara does a fine job to use his variations to confuse the batsman, who barely picks up a boundary on the final ball, thanks to a thick edge. Last over to go, with the result already decided. 
Over: 9 | Summary: 1lb 1 1 0 1 4 Bowler: Sajith Kumara Score: 77/6
8.6 Sajith Kumara to Ghulam Abbas, FOUR! STREAKY! Full ball sliding down the leg side. The batsman helps it on its way to the fine leg fence!
8.5 Sajith Kumara to Nissanka Kuda, length ball on the off stump, nudged towards mid-wicket for a single.
8.4 Sajith Kumara to Nissanka Kuda, no run, length ball on the off stump angling in, the batsman charges down and swings across the line but misses and is struck on the pads.
8.3 Sajith Kumara to Ghulam Abbas, full ball on the off stump swinging in, chipped down to long on for a single.
8.2 Sajith Kumara to Nissanka Kuda, length ball outside off, the batsman clears his front foot and slices it over the bowler's head for a single.
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