VPL - White Tigers vs Red Dragons
After a series of practice sessions, both the teams White Tigers and Red Dragons were ready for their opening match in VPL and came with an intention of gaining the momentum at the beginning of tournament.
The White Tigers who are known for their strong bowling attacks won the toss and surprisingly elected to bat first. Shashwath & Gaurav Bhattacharya opened the innings for White tigers before a shocker came for them when the key batsman Shashwath got out early in the innings. Captain Abhijit & Gaurav tried to keep the scoreboard ticking but Red Dragons bowlers have different ideas. Some awesome bowling & fielding efforts brought them to strong position when half of White Tigers team was in pavilion. Allrounder Abhishek Ranjan and Sumit Pal Singh together built a partnership with one's & two's and made sure that Tigers reach respectable score of 88 runs in their quota of 15 overs. For Red Dragons, Krishna Mohan got one wicket and two wickets were taken by Varun.
Score of 88 was never easy for Red Dragons in front of formidable bowling attack of Tigers. Dragons got to a poor star when their top 4 players were in pavilion in span of 5 overs. Red Dragons Captain Gaurav Widhani and Aayush tried to stabilize the innings and played some sensible shorts before Aayush got out by some clever bowling performance by Shushrut Chowbey. Widhani meanwhile continued with his batting and played some beautiful shorts on the offside and never let the run rate go down. Dragons could sense the win before an amazing spell by Shashwath who took 3 wickets turned the course of the match. 4 quick wickets in span of 2 overs turned the match in favor of Tigers. Abhishek Ranjan took 4 wickets in his quota of 3 overs and was declared man of the match.
Over all, it was an exciting encounter & warning bell for Red Dragons to gear up for their next match.