- Perfect day for cricket.
Condition: - Good and decent bounce.
- CCC white won the toss and opted to bat.
stage was set. Two teams trying to make a point in this league, CCC white to
register their first win ever and UCC trying to do justice to the talent it has.
white batted brilliantly with a lot of temperament and good stroke play. With 3
to 4 good partnerships CCC white kept the scoreboard ticking and also played
some big shots. They ended up making 181 in 35 overs which is a daunting task
for any team to chase in Emerald fields.
the lunch break, UCC start couldn’t have been worse. With the score at 4 in the
second over, Ravi Kiran played a well-timed shot on the off and it looked like
the ball was going to go above the fielder’s head in to the boundary line but
Sri running backwards with his eye on the ball timed his jump to perfection and
took a one handed blinder of a catch. Another example of the CCC white’s
improvement and their commitment in the field to win the game. Soon after that it was like Navjot Siddhu’s
infamous “cycle stand example in the Patiala movie theater”. One falls and the rest follow. UCC was 39 for
6 in 11 overs. Bhavik and Chandru were in the middle after the first break was
white were spitting close to their first win ever and a huge one at that.
Chandru and Bhavik went back after the break with determination while the rest
in the dugout were busy, some planning for a quick 9 hole at the near by Dublin
Golf course and the others praying.
The wind across the ground was the only pleasant part at the time for UCC.
The tunnel was pretty dark before the 13th over
was bowled and then there was a light. First ball after the break there was
this sweet noise of the willow hitting the cricket ball hard when Chandru hit a
4 over long on with impeccable timing. Although still a daunting task, that shot got
the players attention back to the cricket field. Chandru put the next ball
sailing over the long off boundary and then things changed. Bhavik at the other
end was slow initially but started rotating the strike and Chandru hitting
those big blows. A 59 run partnership without a loss was exactly what the
doctor ordered and what Chandru and Bhavik delivered in the next 12 overs. UCC
needed 84 runs of the last 11.
the meantime, Zulfi turned to his Skipper and said, “aur thode se run
banne do…..main match khatam kardoonga". Don’t
know how many he meant by "thode Se" but here is what happened.
after the second drinks break, Bhavik pulled a short ball straight into the dugout
for a six and UCC was right back in the game, with a couple of big hitters
still to come. CCC white were fighting hard during this time although there
were a couple of drop catches that would easily have been the knockout punches
for UCC. With UCC needing 7.5 runs an over Chandru got out falling just 4 runs short
of a well-deserved half century. Zulfi
walked in when Bhavik was on 46 when UCC still needed 65 runs off 46
deliveries. Bhavik played two back to back cut shots over the backward point area
for 8 runs and a very well deserved half century and brought UCC closer to
Victory. Suddenly, UCC needed just 22 of 21 deliveries.
the 33rd over, with run a ball needed, Bhavik took a single and gave
the strike to Zulfi. UCC still needs 15 runs. 2 dot balls and then 6, 6, 6. UCC
won! Zulfi scored 31 of 13 balls and won the game along with Bhavik with 2
overs remaining. Bhavik was rightly awarded the man of the match for carrying his bat.
A perfect example of “It’s never too late, in cricket”.
real glory is being knocked to your knees and then coming back”.
white played amazing cricket and I am sure they will surprise quite a few in this
group. Watch out teams! They can ruin your party!