Austria A-Team in UK : Second Tour Match

Second Match Report: Austria A-Team vs Mumbai Invitation XI

The second match was also in T20 format, played between the visiting Austria A-Team and an invitation team selected from Mumbai based players, who are spending the English summer playing for London based clubs as their overseas players – a strong and experienced group of players. It was again played on a wet, but drying early evening.

Austria A-Team batted first in what was to be a lower scoring match. Again Austria A lost a few early wickets, but when Amir (26 (32b) joined Aqib (28 (35b)) at 17 for 3, they set about building the best partnership of the day – 54. Both were out in quick succession and another wicket fell cheaply, but this brought Navin (28* (13b)) and Mark (12* (9b)) to the crease. With Navin hitting two 6s and Mark two 4s, they scored an undefeated 40 in less than 4 overs to post a defendable target of 120 for 6. 

Austria A started the defence excellently, Waqar and Navin producing quality swing and seam bowling and reducing Mumbai to 20 for 4 off 6 overs. Waqar finished with 3 overs for only 7 runs, taking one wicket and Navin was the pick of the bowlers with 3 for 14 off 4 – adding to his all round performance. Mumbai fought back with some creative batting, but the early wickets, and the later excellent spell by Imran, 3 for 23, meant that the last wicket fell to Mark in the 18th over (and virtually in the dark!) still 19 runs short. This fielding display was a dramatic improvement on the first game – three catches and two run outs – and showed real individual and team development – it was more energetic, focussed and intense.IMG_7288 IMG_7284

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