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VFB Fallersleben 111/3 (10 ov)
SC Europa Cricket 72/5 (10 ov)
VFB Fallersleben won by 39 runs.
Player of the match: Sunny Rai
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All in all, it was a clinical display from VFB Fallersleben who were switched on right from the time they took the field. Just about everything barring the toss went their way and the brand of cricket they played could well be a sign of their changed approach as the competition progress. Both these teams will return to the same venue in just a little while from now for the reverse fixture, so do ensure to catch the action from that game here on Sportskeeda. Thank you so much for tuning into our coverage of this contest - one which we hope you enjoyed as much as we did in bringing it to you. On behalf of my colleague Abhinav Kumar, this is Sooryanarayanan Sesha gently reminding you to mask up, sanitize those hands, maintain social distancing and stay indoors. Goodbye and take care!
Chasing 112, the innings never got going as Muhammad Mohsin fell in just the second over to put the VFB bowlers into the contest. Thereafter ensued a real struggle as the asking rate kept creeping up. With danger man Dawood Aryubi struggling to put bat to ball, it signaled a slide which the rest of the batting lineup failed to recover from. Israfeel Aryubi did bring out a few decent shots but alas, the lack of any sort of reliable support from his partners meant that he was left with too much to do and eventually, he too perished in the 8th over with the target still 60 runs away. It just seemed a mere formality in the end as SC Europa succumbed to their first defeat of the season.

As for the bowling effort from VFB, Ram Bhumireddy was the only one who seemed a bit wayward to start with. The rest of the attack was at its clinical best as they combined some tight bowling with regular wickets to ensure that the SC Europa batters were never let off the hook. While Jatinder Singh stood out with figures of 2/8 off his two overs, Yogesh Pai, Mahesh Badhe and Sunny Rai did their bit, accounting for a wicket apiece while conceding runs at a modest rate.
A real sorry batting display from SC Europa results in their first defeat in this year's tournament! It is the exact opposite for VFB Fallersleben though as they register a 39-run win for their first points on the board!
10
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72 /5 score
2
2
0
1
1
1
runs
cricket bat icon Bilal Shinwari
13 (9)
cricket bat icon Shabeer Ahmad *
12 (8)
cricket ball icon Sunny Rai
1
9.6 Sunny Rai to Shabeer Arabzaie, PUTS IN A DIVE! Full and angling into the stumps, Shabeer whips it off his wrists towards the fielder at mid-wicket and races across the pitch before just about making his ground on the dive. Alas, none of it will matter at the end of a sorry batting performance from SC Europa. What a clinical defence it has been from the VFB bowlers though. VFB Fallersleben win by 39 runs and register their first win of the competition!
9.5 Sunny Rai to Bilal Shinwari, on a length outside off, Shinwari has an almighty hoick across the line and the ball flies off the edge down to third man. Just a single again!
9.4 Sunny Rai to Shabeer Arabzaie, SAFE! Back of a length delivery outside off, Shabeer heaves it high over the leg-side but the ball drops short of the long on fielder. A single is all that Shabeer can pick up!
9.3 Sunny Rai to Shabeer Arabzaie, on a length outside off, looks to hoick it away over mid-wicket but he can only connect with thin air!
9.2 Sunny Rai to Shabeer Arabzaie, walks down the pitch to a length delivery and heaves it along the mid-wicket region. The batters run back for the second run by the time the fielder collects the ball and fires a throw
9.1 Sunny Rai to Shabeer Arabzaie, THROUGH THE HANDS OF THE FIELDER! On a full length outside off, Shabeer swings high as he clears his front leg but ends up spooning it high over third man off the edge. The fielder runs forward before the ball threads through his palms!
9
overs
65 /5 score
4
1
1
1
2
0
runs
cricket bat icon Bilal Shinwari *
12 (8)
cricket bat icon Shabeer Ahmad
6 (3)
cricket ball icon Yogesh Sajikumar Pai
1
8.6 Yogesh Pai to Bilal Shinwari, APPEAL TURNED DOWN! WHAT WAS THAT THOUGH? Very full and angling down leg, Shinwari looks to get his front leg out of the way but he doesn't do so on time. The ball ends up striking him on the pads but the umpire was disinterested. The batters cross over but the ball is called dead since Shinwari didn't offer a shot there!
8.5 Yogesh Pai to Bilal Shinwari, on a good length on middle and leg, picked up and over backward square leg and into the deep before racing back for the second run
8.4 Yogesh Pai to Shabeer Arabzaie, very full and at the stumps, Shabeer chops his heave onto the boots and pinches a run as the ball rolls away in front of square on the off-side
8.3 Yogesh Pai to Bilal Shinwari, short of a good length again, helped towards mid-wicket for a quick single. Singles won't be enough now!
8.2 Yogesh Pai to Shabeer Arabzaie, DROPPED! Short of a good length outside off, pulls across the line and spoons an edge over the keeper's head. The latter parries it over his head and the batters cross over
8.1 Yogesh Pai to Shabeer Arabzaie, FOUR! LUCKY RUNS! Short of a length outside off, Shabeer shapes for an agricultural pull but the ball flies high over third man off the edge and races away to the ropes. They will take it any way they come though!
Another superb over from Jatinder Singh, with 6 runs and a wicket from it. After 8 overs, Europa are 56/5 and need another 56 runs from 2 overs, which looks close to impossible now.

Yogesh Pai returns to the attack to bowl the penultimate over of the innings.
8
overs
56 /5 score
0
2
0
W
0
4
runs
cricket bat icon Israfeel Zazai
25 (22)
cricket bat icon Bilal Shinwari *
9 (5)
cricket ball icon Jatinder Singh
2
7.6 Jatinder Singh to Bilal Shinwari, FOUR! Rank full toss at the stumps and Shinwari pummels his pull behind square and powers the ball through to the boundary! Too little too late?
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