ITCC vs Serendip KCL Match Report
Tuesday 1 June, 2010
ITCC Collapse ensures Easy Serendip Win
- Rajeev Nair
A step forward and five step backwards! ITCC continued to do justice to this statement as it crashed to the most embarrassing loss of the season so far against a tidy and relentless Serendip outfit.
Serendip CC- 204 Allout in 33 Overs
ITCC- 87 Allout in 17 Overs
Riding on the wave of confidence gifted by that monumental century from Raman at YCAC, Tigers approached the KCL game against Serendip with great expectation. After losing the toss and sent in to field, the Tigers started with a brand new opening bowling pair, their 4th in 5 matches this season, thanks to the inconsistency of the highest order. Captain Rajeev and Riju bowled well within themselves, but were unable to provide the early breakthrough so important in these conditions. A few catches dropped didn’t help either, but atleast the bowling was consistent enough to keep the powerful Serendip batting unit under check. Tigers had to wait till the 14th over for its first breakthrough when an erratic Bala finally managed to find his line to trap Jayathura in front. What followed was a period of Tigers ascendancy as Bala along with Babu picked up 5 wickets for 40 odd runs. Babu was at his cheeky best, as his supreme control, his beautiful loopy inswingers and his natural drift made him impossible to play with. More dropped catches, and inconsistent bowling ensured Serendip set a decent 204 to chase instead of a sub par 150.
Confident of making a fight of it with probably the best available batting lineup at its disposal, Tigers started with Belief. It didn’t take long for despair to sink in, as Tigers lost NT and Pramod in quick succession. Raman continued from were he left off in YCAC and played some remarkable strokes on his way to 22. But a fabulous catch at Short fine leg from Amesh put paid to any hopes that Tigers harbored to make a match. Middle order including the captain collapsed so quickly that it wasn’t certain that such a thing existed. At one stage Tigers looked at being all out under 50, but some brave hitting from Bala and the never say die attitude of Akash saved it from that ignominy.
The roar of the Tigers has to wait, for now they were wincing in the pain of one of their heaviest loss. Their semi finals dreams hang in the balance, but an improving bowling line up gives some hope. We will continue to dream and believe, although we need to show grit and determination to back it up. Meanwhile we will continue to try not to take a backward step!