Cricket: Hurricanes defeat Phantoms in Chicago Premier League 2022

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The victorious Chicago Hurricanes pose for a team photo. They defeated the Chicago Phantoms at the July 16, 2022 game. Photo: Asian Media USA

The Chicago Hurricanes, led by Pruthvish Patel opened their season July 16, 2022, against Chicago Phantoms who came into this game with a huge win from their previous match against the Destroyers.

The Hurricanes won the toss and decided to bat first. The decision seemed like a good idea since some of the key players on the team did not show up for the opening. Salman Ahmed and Dhairya Mistry opened the innings.

Salman who is known to open on mostly all the teams that he has played in, could not hold his end for more than 4 balls. Jasim Sajjad managed to get another wicket right after by taking Sargam Patel for a duck.

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Samir Chaudhari sunk his teeth into the attack when he took out the left hander Jay Patel for a duck soon after.

Player of the Match: Dhairya Mistry. Photo: Asian Media USA

Dhairya continued on his crusade with very little help from Jash Patel who succumbed to Jasim as well. Ravi Shah who came in next, struck it out for a 56-run partnership. This gave Dhairya the stand he was looking for until his next partner Neel came in who actually watched Dhairya score 50 runs from the non-striker’s end.

Prakshesh Patel and Neel Patel had the next best partnership of 43 runs and the Hurricanes managed to get their total up to 196 runs for the loss of 9 wickets.  Samir Chaudhari, Usama Farqaleet, and Talha Mohsin were the only ones with Econ under 10.

Phantoms are not new to a high total as witnessed in game one of CPL. Usama Farqaleet and Airaj Syed opened the innings for Phantoms but lost a quick wicket to a run out.

Mujeeb who scored a century in the last game was the next one to come in. Mujeeb and Usama slowly and steadily were building their innings until Mujeeb fell in the 8th over to Dhairya. Thereafter Phantoms kept losing wickets at regular pace.

With Danish Malick and Riyaz Mujahed only managing to partner up for 20 runs, Usama and Jasim were the only other players to get a partnership going for another 23 runs.

The bowling attack of The Hurricanes kept Phantoms on their toes. Pruthvish Patel, Garv Khera, and Prakshesh managed to keep their econ rate at 5.00. Prakshesh picked up 4 wickets and Garv picked up 2 wickets. Dhairya and Salman provided support and picked up 1 wicket each.

Results:

Chicago Hurricanes won the game by 65 runs

Chicago Hurricanes: 196/9(20.0 overs) Chicago Phantoms: 131/10(19.0 overs)

Player of the Match: Dhairya Mistry

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