NCA continue to call the shots

Hooda, Bawne slam centuries as Academy post mammoth 656

NCA continue to call the shots

National Cricket Academy extended their advantage over Haryana CA on the second day of the final in the KSCA all-India invitational Dr K Thimmappaiah memorial cricket tournament here at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium on Wednesday.

NCA, who resumed on their overnight score of 284/3, sent the Haryana bowlers on a leather hunt before they were eventually bowled out for a mammoth 656 in 178.5 overs. Four of the NCA batsmen made centuries – not to be left behind, two Haryana bowlers also conceded more than 100 runs as the pitch offered no assistance to the bowlers.

While Washington Sundar, overnight 152, could only add 10 more runs before being bowled by Ashish Hooda, Deepak Hooda (105, 171b, 11x4, 3x6) and Ankit Bawne (162, 232b, 16x4, 1x6) rubbed salt into Haryana wounds.

Nikhil Naik (51, 52b, 5x4, 1x6) also made a valuable contribution in the second session.

Both Deepak and Ankit were severe against spinners, who were carted to all parts of the ground, and both the batsmen were not afraid to use the aerial route. The latter also employed the reverse sweep to devastating effect as the Haryana went with a strange 3-6 leg side field for a period of time in the post-lunch session.

Off-break bowler Sonu Rathee (3/84), left-arm spinner Yuzvendra Chahal (2/195) and Jayant Yadav (2/120) were all expensive as the batsmen opened up almost from the first ball.

NCA lost wickets in a heap towards the end of the day’s play – three wickets for 19 runs in a span of 5.4 overs – but they have put themselves in a strong position to walk away the top honours.

Speaking after his innings which set the platform for the huge score, Washington said he took it as a challenge to perform well.

“The last match against Mumbai gave me some confidence and I just took it as a challenge to perform well in the final and I’m happy that I have,” Washington said.
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Brief scores: Haryana CA (O/n: 284/3): 656 all out in 178.5 overs (Washington Sundar 162, Deepak Hooda 105, Ankit Bawne 162, Nikhil Naik 51; Sonu Rathee 3-84, Yuzvendra Chahal 2-195, Jayant Yadav 2-120).

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