Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Battle Royale!

Whew what day it had been!

The following write up may seem a bit exaggerated but, hey, thats how I like to view it and thats how i shall put it up!

I'm speaking of the Association Cup Cricket tournament we have in college. The matches are held annually, between the students from 4th year to first year and cricket matches are held between the teams of these years, belonging to the Compsciz family.

Yesterday ( November 20th, '07) was the day we had our match with the 4th years.It was our first match in the qualifiers and there was too much pressure on our team, facing the seniors.

The day was off due to some need-not-be-mentioned problems in the college and we spent the first half registering for the 3rd semester university exams(truly, thinking of it gives me creeps!)

After loitering around the campus for the rest of the day without any specific purpose what-so-ever, came the moment we were eagerly waiting for.
The match started at about 11.45 or so( I was not there to see it commencing). The 4th years were to bat first and the match was scheduled for 12 overs. Our team came up fairly well with about 30 extra runs and as we watched the batters put up a appreciable score of 96 runs from 12 overs at the loss of 7 wickets. It is indeed an unassailable total to chase for the team to bat next, or so did it seem at that time.

A small drinks break followed and soon the second innings began. Our team incurred the loss of two early wickets as the score board ticked staggeringly.
But soon the situation changed as Jerry came on to bat as number four in the order. The team was losing wickets at one end, while at the other Jerry stood like the rock of Gibraltar, picking up one's and two's and converting them to three's whenever such a situation was provided.

The score boomed towards the end of the innings as the target now became 30 runs from 18 balls. Another batter was lost and we were clinching to the final straw of hope. 10th over and the one following it proved good for the team and as we entered the final overs of the match the win was attainable at a run per ball.
The dramatic situation grew unbearable and all of us, the viewers, were standing impatiently as each ball was thrown. Jeers and cheers accompanied each good ball and each good drift.

The match reached its climax with the runs levelled, or in technical terms, at a draw. We had another ball to face and another run to chase and none other than the blaster Jerry was at the batting end.
The final ball of the match pitched and swivelled to his legside, what seemed to us the onlookers as a wide, but Jerry the Stakhanovite had forced his bat to give it a nice little flick as it raced towards the fine leg fielder. The crowd( not many, about 30 or so) erupted and ran into the ground, hoisting Jerry and Ashith( batter at the other end) up in air.

It was one hell of a match and the tension had paramounted so much that it eased in this show of victory. We all headed towards the canteen in a processsion and the talks on the exciting finish continued there as well, all the while sipping soft-drinks and sip-ups.
Jerry had hit a massive 44 in our pile of 97 runs. It was truly an exciting finish to an enthralling match!! Rest of the team had put in their two penny as well as none of our batters were dismissed on a duck and none of our bowlers returned without a wicket!

Three cheers to US!!

P.S: the day was quite special for other special reasons as well!!


Hailstone said...

"petti petti sinkaara petti...
petti thurannal S7 potti.." :)

The match had a real thrilling end. India - Pak matchnu polum undaakatha tension aayirunnu ellavarkkum..

Did you see today's match?? :(

P.S: the day was quite special for other special reasons as well!! - ???

Devidas said...

i agree with u.
today's match was quite a thriller though i couldn't watch it. we lost by a hair's breadth.
indeed there is another match round the corner and so keep the hopes high.
Rack your brain to decipher P.S :)

ej said...

well.. nice of u to win.. as i n rohit wuz discussing the other day, jerry known to be a bowler came up wid a pretty knock... Pathan in making,uh?
n @ priya
it's usually used as "petti pottichapol....... potti"
it's more rhyming.. wat u say?

Rohith said...

Very nice description of the event, truely like a newspaper article... keep up this good work...

ya Jerry is a known fast bowler even these days also..But he gives away a lot more runs than he used to do before(one main reason he wuznt sought after, for the college team selection). And also, their bowling attack hadnt any sting. All those who batted in our team batted with quite ease(except for the fact that they gave away their wickets quite too soon). Appreciation for Jerry on that

gotta know that in our second qualifier match against s5, he managed to put up a good show with the ball( 1st spell wus brilliant, others say). Our team , at one point, looked surely like winning but lost it by millimeters..

Rohith said...

Defending a total of 70 runs in 12 overs, considering the quality of s5 team, our team did a pretty good job today, esp in the bowling department. The match came to the point when they had to get 20 runs in the last two overs. But Jerry's (second last over of the match) gave away quite some extras which provided the pavement for the batsmen towards victory

I really doubt whether the snap wuz taken y'day only or not....

Logan said...

dasappaa.. it was quite a good entry


yo. boy twas a special occassion as i know the specific reasons for that speciality cherish those moments boy

also our next match will be on this friday afternoon with 1n2 students

everyone be there to support our team


Devidas said...

@ ej,
guess he's pathan with a loose nut as of what we know of him, huh :) ?

Devidas said...

d snap was taken on the match day dear.
and yes i agree with you
we could have won the match but for the small flaw in jerry's bowling. however i won't blame him cos hey, i ain't no better than him!

Devidas said...

whats the boy boy stuff yaar??!
i ain't no kid of yours so back off.
and yes, s1 s2 match wsa quite good. not thrilling but good.

ej said...

well ,.. after d s5 match, i think i gotta take ma word back,uh?
no prob.. let'z c d next match.. :D
common jerry... don lemme down..
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