Googly beat Just Mur It

The players from the Googly team bamboozled Just Mur It to get their Summer Indoor Tournament campaign off to a winning start at the ICC Academy at Dubai Sports City.

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Published: Thu 19 Sep 2013, 12:00 PM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 9:09 AM

Googly’s win by 60 runs leaves it joint top of Pool D alongside last year’s runners-up Danube, with both sides having won their opening matches.

And in the other match in the latest action, Xpress Money UAE Exchange showed its earlier success against defending champions Pacific Ventures was no fluke as it eased to a 36-run win over Unique Real Estate to stay top of Pool D.

Googly’s display was especially impressive as there were no signs of a side feeling its way into the competition.

It was quite the opposite, in fact, as Just Mur It, batting first, was put under pressure straight away.

Each match is an eight-a-side contest of 12 overs per team. Players bat in pairs for three overs each and a side loses five runs every time it loses a wicket.

Just Mur It endured a disastrous opening three overs with the bat, ending that quarter of its innings with a total of minus nine runs. And when the third period ended in exactly the same way, the writing was on the wall.

A final three overs that yielded 20 runs told a tale of what might have been for Just Mur It but, left with a final score of 11, it was always going to be next to impossible to engineer a win from that position. And so it proved as Googly batted with the same clinical efficiency its players had demonstrated with the ball, racking up a total of 71 to run out comfortable winners.

Googly lost just four wickets throughout its innings but its star of the show was a player who made a key contribution with the ball – Ajeeb Jamal took four wickets for minus 11 runs and he was named player of the match.

For Just Mur It the loss means two defeats in a row and almost certainly the end of any hopes of a place in the quarter-finals.

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