Sunday, June 29, 2008

Chennai Crazy Fliers fly high...

In our first league match in the Blue sky league which was against the team Templast, we won the match comfortably by 5 wickets. We won the toss and chose to field first. Many including the umpires were amazed at our decision because, usually in Blue sky league matches, the team which wins the toss bats first and piles up a mammoth score which is difficult to surpass. But, we the Chennai Crazy fliers chose to field instead. Our squad is:
1) Ramesh (captain cum wicket keeper)
2) Srivathsan
3) Murali
4) Vasanth
5) Hemakumar
6) Sambashiva
7) Raghavan
8) Shiva
9) Sathish
10) Vijay
11) Raja

The new ball was shared by me and Vasanth anna. I started off badly with a boundary off my first ball. But, later on, both of us bowled very well and we were able to remove the openers early. In the first 6 overs, we conceded just 18 runs and took 2 wickets. Then it was the turn of our spinners Raghi and Srivaths who bolwed amazingly well in tandem. The batsmen couldn't quite cope up with their spin and wickets continued to tumble at regular intervals. The Templast team looked set to be bowled out for around 80 but their lower order hit some lusty blows off both the spinners and finally they were bundled out for 99 in 19.3 overs. Srivaths took 3 wickets and Raghi, Vasanth anna and meself took 2 wickets each. There was one runout. Raja was unlucky not to get any wicket but he bowled an amazing line and length that too on a consistent basis to control the score midway. So, chasing a target of 100, our openers Ramesh and Srivaths started off in a great fashion by amassing 21 runs in 2 overs. But, Srivaths tried one shot too many attempting to pull a not so short ball and eventually getting bowled. Ramesh was the next to go snicking one behind to the wicket keeper. Murali went in and got out in no time attempting to play an ambitious pull and getting himself caught at mid on. Vasanth anna meanwhile played sensibly at the other end. Hemkumar walked in at the fall of Murali's wicket. He looked to be in solid touch but was controversially run out thanks to some poor umpiring. He did not trouble the scorers. Samba walked in next. Both he and Vasanth anna put up a match winning partnership. Samba was at his menacing best hitting as many as 4 boundaries and Vasanth anna was not far off either. But when it all looke to be the end for the Templast, Samba got out caught and bowled after playing a well played 22. Raghi was sent in next and he played very sensibly along with Vasanth Anna. Raghi played singles and hit the odd balls for boundaries. Vasanth anna mean while was seeing the ball like a football. In the end, he ended the game in the 15th over with a straight six followed by a leg glance to the fine leg boundary to seal the match for the Chennai Crazy fliers. We reached the target of 100 in 14.3 overs. The Man of the Match award was won by Vasanth anna for his all round performance of 36*, 2-14 and also took 3 catches. So, we, the Chennai Crazy Fliers started our tourney with a win. Hope that we keep up the good form.


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