Batting lets ITCC down Again!
Thursday 8 April, 2010
It was supposed to be sunny and pleasant day as per our captain but the Easter Sunday turned out to be anything but. After seeing the weather condition, both captains decided to reduce the game to 30-overs/ side.
Toss: Rajeev, Captain of Tigers won the toss and elected to Bat.
Nothing much to talk about tigers batting in that shivering weather conditions but the Tigers on the Field were awesome to watch. The way they showed courage to defend the small total was awesome and worth watching. Thanks to the bowlers and the fielders who kept the game alive till the end.
Capt. Rajeev and Anil Nair went to crease with high confidence and having a reasonable target set in their mind. Both started steadily and were moving the runs slowly but unfortunately our captain could not control his patience and got run out for 7. Enter Mithun, who rejoined tigers after a long gap, could not survive as he got out, trying for a big hit of the first ball he faced after a year and half and got caught at long off. Uday, whose natural game is to control the innings and play an anchor role for the team looked promising with his deadly defending strokes, but couldn’t survive for long. Uday’s exit, brought the Dr. to the crease but his desperate attempt to operate the innings was not successful as he was run out. At the other end Anil was struggling to collect runs and also feeling the pressure of the falling wickets. Ramdas, the only other batsman in the team apart from Anil who reached 2 digits individual score, held the innings for some time with couple of good shots but the luck did not seem to be in our favor as Bala also couldn’t contribute much after surviving a very close LBW appeal 1st ball. New face, Srini got out in the first ball he faced then followed by our none other than “AAPathbandava” Sree kumar. Most interesting part in our innings was the partnership between our last wicket pair of Arun and Akash. They played brilliantly for the last wicket and helped the team to put on some competitive score on board.
Eventually Tigers collapsed from a competent 72/4, to 89 all-out. Anil nair made a composed 29(53) and Ramdas 11(16).
The target of 90 looked very easy for the opponents but the Tigers and their Captain had a very different opinion. Akash started with a deadly spell giving away only 2 wides and no runs from the bat in his first over. Captain took the responsibility and bowled the second over, and succeeded in removing the opening batsman. He continuously bowled 6 overs and completed his spell taking one more wicket, that of a composed looking Atul. Anil nair was introduced for bowling later on and bowled a very tight line and restricted the batsman. New face, Arun was introduced to bowl and he was pretty impressive with the ball too, and took a wicket getting the batsman plumb in front. Uday, who shared the ball with Arun bowled well and ensured that the batsmen are not taking any advantage and took our Rahul who was looking dangerous. Captain, Rajeev was as usual busy with his strategies; he seemed so desperate to pull the match to his side, no matter whatever the score is. Most interesting combo- spell started when Rajeev handed over the ball to the new face Srini and Bala. Srini was destroying the batsmen with his killing pace and at the other end bala was calm and controlling the run rate not to go beyond our reach. Srini was in full power and took 2 wickets in his 4 over spell. At the other end, Bala silently finished off the overs with his controlled line and length. When 15 runs were needed, Rajeev tried to gamble and handed the ball to Anil nair. Captain’s intention was to get their well-set batsman out making him loft for a catch but it proved costly and he hit 2 fours in the same over. Now the equation changed to 4 overs remaining 3 runs required and 3 wickets in hand for the opponents. Rajeev finally handed over the ball to Mithun to defend 3 runs; he did well by getting the well-set batsman plumb in front of the wicket. But 2 wides in the over ensured, Srini had a run to defend as he started of what would be the final over. Needing a run with 2 wickets in hand, IECC batsman tapped one into the offside to complete the winning run.
Srini 2/12, Rajeev 2/15
Though the day was not in favor of Tigers, they played good cricket and kept the game alive till the end. I believe that, the day is not so far for the tigers to roar higher.
- Mithun H