It was the match day, as captain Parvez Khan bustled to the workstations of the members of the squad and urging us to dress up. Our team will foregather at the playground for the match against the Fin(ancial)tastics, who had already won their first match. Our team stays in an unhealthy position in the table having lost the first match against the defending champions, Desi log.
The afternoon looked cloudy. The players started practicing as the groundskeepers watered the pitch and marked lines of crease.
The Umpires arrived in style and the captains walked to shake hands and toss the coin, which resulted a win for ‘Bad News’ and we chose batting.
I gotta tell about an amateur cricketer that made the squad from the busy auction and who in turn was energetically ready to begin the first appearance in the 7th season of the tournament. That’s me. Isn’t that an achievement?
Fielding is one thing I could do comfortably. The ball is hit. Run for it, collect it and arch it to the bowler or the keeper. It doesn’t hurt. I was becoming a pro at this and rarely did any mistake.
The innings began as the Bad News’ openers swung their bats to avoid the furred-green ball hitting the wicket and thereby making the scorer busy keeping record of the runs. Not too late, did the fate turn against us. Our batsmen moved to and fro to the pavilion as the wickets slid in favor of our opponents. The captain’s face was disappointed when his shot sent the ball into a fluky catch. Still more runs needed.
The innings ended with a target of 83 runs from 72 balls for our opponents, as Vipin walked back with his bruised palms, applauds arising for his slick performance.
That wasn’t a big target but we had 12 overs to defend.
The fielding strategies were discussed in our huddle. Initially I was told to field at the square leg and mid wicket. That’s certainly not my position with my lazy reflexes. I preferred deep cover and deep mid wicket where I could see the ball and take runs towards it. Knowingly or unknowingly I was discovering a cricketer inside me !
The second innings began as the Fintastic batsmen launched and shot the balls around the field. Their batting wagon wheel had lines around 360 degrees marked by their shots. The bowlers were bowling to deliver their best and so were the batsmen who stood to strike flawlessly !
The bowling spell from our bowlers fetched a healthy run rate to the batting team. By the end of 6th over, the score numbered an easy target from the remaining 6 overs. The teamed strategy could not stop one of the two left-handed strikers from hitting a winning shot with enough overs remaining to bowl.
Our opponents were ‘Fintastic with their fours and sixes’ as we received a bad news at the end of the match !
Lest we forget, we have another match to be played against the Tauseefian ‘Storm Riders’. That’ll be the friendly match where neither of the two teams would play with a tense ! I presume the friendliness would be very intense that we don’t even require a toss to decide batting or bowling.
I’m sure of opening our batting innings as our captain could afford to take risk of win or lose which would cost us ‘Nothing’.
And if this happens, the game might get serious :D. Let’s see !