PICKING UP THE WCL3 PIECES; PART 1
A tournament that begun with the highs of World Cup qualification; ended with relegation and trying to regain Division 3 ‘Champions’ status quo.
What exactly went wrong? The batting mainly; among other factors.
It may be easier to look at those that qualified to fully grasp where it all went wrong.
First, the players weren’t ill equipped, those that performed their tasks, excelled, so the training and preparation cannot be questioned.
Canada and Oman displayed a positive and consistent pattern of batting in partnerships, no wonder they were the two sides that made it into the final and continued where they began their tournaments.
In their first game, Canada put on a modest 32 for the first wicket. Recovered with 42 and faltered in the middle, at this point Uganda were in the driving seat until Rizwan Cheema was dropped on 3, most will remember his huge sixes over the Lugogo wall and into the next district, but the key aspect about the Canada fightback was Dhanuka Pathirana.
He walked in with Canada at 74/2, batted through the failed third and fourth partnerships, rebuilt with Nhikil Dutta and was there during the massive 105 run partnership that turned the game around for Canada to post 200+ and departed at 209/6 135 runs and 24 overs later. Dhanuka put on 35 off 72
Dhanuka as a batsman, is probably the most valuable player in a batting lineup at WCL3, he executed his work meticulously, he was unorthodox in execution, but kept the scoreboard ticking even when the team was in trouble. If a batsman does what he is meant to do, his team tends to win without fuss. From a run rate of 2.27 for the sixth wicket with Dutta, he was part of the seventh wicket stand that was flying at 10.16 an over, and at the end? He had score only 35 runs.
Uganda’s run chase was 3, 1, 16 for the first three partnerships; then Ukani Shehzad and Roger Mukasa put on 42 for the fourth to settle the innings; the problem is both weren’t there when it mattered; the next two partnerships had bowlers involved, Karashani and Deus Muhumuza put on 42 for the sixth wicket, and Uganda was always on thin ice with Muhumuza and Irfan putting on 40 for the seventh wicket.
When your bowlers are putting on bigger partnerships than batsmen, they will more likely be saving face than saving matches.
In Canada’s second game, their openers clicked; putting on 77 for the first wicket; once again they faltered in the middle of the order but a rebuilding job of 28 for the fifth wicket and 30 for the sixth wicket by Navneet Dhaliwal who bats one down and was present even with wickets falling around him preceeded another late order job of carnage by big hitters Hamza Tariq and Rizwan Cheema.
Dhaliwal had walked in at 90/2 and departed at 179/6, 102 runs and 22.2 overs later, leaving Tariq and Dutta to finish the job at the end having supported Pathirana, Saad Bin Zafar and Rizwan Cheema. Dhaliwal scored 31 off 51
Most times, all a batsman needs to do is bat.
Dhaliwal and Pathirana were 30 odd at 50% strike rate, but they dug in and saw the team through some rough patches of the innings, whenever Uganda was going through the rough patches, most cases it was the bowlers doing the repairs, worse still, the rough patches were caused by batsmen not doing their job rather than the opposition bowling some unplayable deliveries.
The partnership that batted Uganda out of the Oman game was 63 for the third wicket by Jatinder Singh and Sultan Ahmed; the teams that won their games had batsmen there at the end to set up the grand finishes.
In the round robin games when Canada left the job to the bowlers, they lost; Singapore at Kyambogo and against Malaysia in Entebbe; Uganda pretty much left most of the work to the bowlers to bat at the round robin stage and were only lucky one of them found his touch against Malaysia to bat Uganda to victory; Muhammad Irfan’s unbeaten hundred at Lugogo; having been dropped twice.
Chasing 145 in Entebbe, Uganda’s position looked seemingly good at 90/5, 50 to get with 5 wickets in hand and all the overs in the world; the devil like they say is always in the detail, at this point, all Uganda’s batsmen were back in the dugout watching, only the bowling all-rounders and bowlers were left; once again, the batsman’s job was left to the bowling unit and the inevitable collapse followed.
One individual half century and only two 50+partnerships later after five innings; Uganda found themselves in Division 4.
If your batsmen can’t bat, you leave bowlers in a position where the plumber must fix the electrical installations, and more often than not, the house will burn down.
9th June 2017
|RISING ZEBRAS VS ROARING LIONS||243/4 - 179/7||LUGOGO CRICKET OVAL|
|CHARGING LEOPARDS VS MIGHTY RHINOS||55/3 - 60/1||LUGOGO CRICKET OVAL|
|ACC VS SKLPS(R1)||160/6 - 162/7||BUDO CRICKET OVAL|
|AVENGERS VS NYAKASURA (R1)||172/6 - 140/5||BUDO CRICKET OVAL|
|AVENGERS CC vs J.A.C.C (R1)||194/8 - 131||JINJA S.S.S|
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