Elite: Despite Heartbreaking Loss, Dolphins Slim Playoffs Hopes Still Alive

Coming into their final game of the season, The Dolphins look to win this game and punch their way into the playoffs against the Toronto Eagles/Lords Cricket Club. Skipper Armaan Kapoor had won the toss and elected to bat first.

The Dolphins had a wonderful start to the game as openers Dhruv Patel and Hafeez Ullah played extremely well setting the standard for batting the rest of the way. Hafeez and Dhruv did well to rotate strike and go for the boundaries when needed. The two did a great job adding runs to the board as they were needed as it is a must win game. During this process Hafeez would go on to score his half century and looked to pile more runs on the board. Dhruv and Hafeez put up a 99 run partnership before Dhruv departed scoring 36 runs.

After being 99 for 1 after 24 overs, the Dolphins had a little collapse as 3 more wickets would fall with in the next 10 runs, with Armaan Kapoor scoring 0 runs, Viren Patel scoring 3 runs and Bashar Ashfaq also scoring 0 runs. Peer Abuzar now into the attack, he and Hafeez would have a 10 run partnership before a miscommunication on a no ball led to Hafeez being run out. Hafeez scored a team high 69 runs.

Jaiveer Chauhan now on to bat, he and Abuzar look to continue adding runs to the board as after 30 overs, the Dolphins are at only 120 runs. Abuzar and Jaiveer were only able to have a 7 run partnership before Abuzar would depart and Jaiveer would follow him 11 runs laters as the Dolphins now are at 136 runs for 7 wickets, looking to be struggling a little. Sher Khan and Taha Ali now batting, the two looked to take control of the situation adding runs to the board and bringing momentum over towards the Dolphins. They did a great job as the two scored a 27 run partnership, bumping the score up to 163 runs before Taha departed scoring 18 runs.

With 4 overs left, the Dolphins would lose another wicket 11 runs and 1 over later as Sher Khan was run out scoring 11 runs. The Dolphins now 174 for 9 and 3 overs remaining, Husnain Riaz and Saad Ahmed look to close the inning out scoring as much as they can. Husnain Riaz took control of the score himself as he quick fired runs every over looking for the big shot every ball. Saad Ahmed did a great job supporting, rotating strike and adding a long ball himself. The two would score a 30 run partnership in the last 2.5 overs before Saad Ahmed was run out, ending the inning for the Dolphins, being all out scoring 204 runs after 44.5 overs.

The Dolphins now scoring a total they feel comfortable with defending, look to win this game and moving into the playoffs.

The Dolphins bowlers, Saad Ahmed, Viren Patel and Husnain Riaz did a great job bowling dot balls and not giving the batsmen many options to score runs. The applied pressure led to Husnain Riaz picking up the first wicket of the game having the Toronto Eagles/Lords CC at 32 runs for 1 wicket after 10.1 overs. The Dolphins would continue to apply pressure, keeping a low score, leading to their 2nd wicket 53 runs later with Taha Ali getting the breakthrough for the Dolphins.

Toronto Eagles/Lords CC now 45 for 2 after 24 overs, the Dolphins pressure led to another wicket the very next over, with Armaan Kapoor picking up a wicket in his first over. After having Toronto Eagles/Lords CC 87 for 3 after 25 overs, the Dolphins seemed to have stopped playing as the opposing batsmen were able to rotate strike, hit boundaries and take control of the game as the batsmen would go on to scoring a 95 run partnership as that sealed the game and the chances of the Dolphins making the playoffs.

Toronto Eagles/Lords CC now 182 for 4, would chase the total down with ease and win this game by 6 wickets with 8.5 overs to spare.

Looking back into the season, the Dolphins had a roller coaster of a season as many games were rained out, some poor performance that the players would like to take back, many great performances and a lot of learning from their first year in the elite division.

The Dolphins though, aren’t completely out of playoffs contention yet, such as if Toronto Eagles/Lords CC lose their next 2 games, the Dolphins would qualify based on net run-rate. As the chances are very slim, the hopes of qualifying are still very alive and we wait for this upcoming weekend for the results.