BSL 4: Centaurs end Ravana Sena's winning streak, Rising Phoenix and Assault Ayyannars register victories
Centaurs end Ravana Sena's unbeaten run
The Centaurs playing their 1st match of the Masters League were up against Nishant led Ravana Sena. Before this match, Nishant had a unbeaten streak of 9 games as a captain and he wasn’t taking any chances for this match- having flown his mentor and batting main stay T.Velu from his Malaysian Vacation. It was going to be a contest between Centaurs bowling and Ravana Sena's batting. And, the Velu family was divided for once in their support.
Electing to bat, Centaurs managed to put on their best opening partnership so far with the return of Gaurav Bisht, who opened the innings with the ever reliable Avinash. They lost the 1st wicket at the score of 22 with Gaurav lobbing a dolly to Amith of M.Sadiq’s Bowling, Amith and Sadiq who opened the bowling for RS bowled a testing line. Avinash followed Gaurav back soon for an individual score of 11, bowled By Anuroop DP making a comeback after a long SOLO sojourn. Centaurs were 40/2 at that point. Varun Seth Joined Suresh D. Suresh, clearly the best buy of the tournament so far was steady and solid. Varun seemed to be enjoying his company and a couple of eye catching strokes over covers and fine-leg boundary. But he too flattered to deceive as usual and was out for 17, thanks to a stunning catch by Anuroop. Anand Velu followed him back for 3 runs. Prashant Menon came in at the fall of Anand and hit a run a ball 8 runs before being bowled at the penultimate bowl of their innings. Suresh D was out the last ball of the innings with a personal score of 32. Centaurs scored 98 for the loss of 6 wickets at the end of stipulated 18 overs. For Ravana Sena, Nishant Tomar picked up 2 wickets with Velu, Anuroop and Sadiq chipping in with 1 wicket each.
Ravana Sena who boast of a formidable batting line up would have thought they had this chase in their bag, but as usual Centaurs skipper Mr. Sequeira had other plans. T. Velu and Johnson opened the innings. Velu wanted to attack from the word GO but the low Bounce and pace of Bharath meant he wasn’t able to fine the middle of the bat too often. On the other end Johnson didn’t look all that comfortable but did get a boundary. Velu was the first to go as his off stump was uprooted by Bharath. Johnson followed him getting run-out after slipping in the middle of the pitch. Prashanth (Hosur) was his usual calm picked up runs in singles and doubles, but wasn’t getting support from the other end. The dangerous duo of Amith and Kadir followed each other in quick succession for 0 and 1 respectively and Nishant tomar was gone too for 1. Suddenly Ravana Sena were reduced to 21/5 but Nishant AJ had 1 ace up his sleeve “Ashik Jose” and everybody was wondering when he would walk in. 21/5 and Anuroop was walking in next to join Prashanth (Hosur). They both have the potential to run quick singles and convert 1’s into 2’s. There was a brief partnership between them before Anuroop got out to Avinash who had set a trap for him in short covers. Score 26/6 and still no sign of Ashik. Ravi Kumar was the next batsman in and after a few plays and misses he managed to hit a couple of boundaries in the mid-off region both boundaries going straight through the hands of Suresh D and all of a sudden the Ravana Sena team sitting on the sidelines felt they were in with a chance. There was buzz in the ground. However, Ravi couldn’t sustain the momentum and was out bowled to Suresh D. Finally walked in Mr Ashik. It didn’t take him long to get going. He slog swept Suresh D over the mid-wicket fence for a Huge Six. Soon Prashant too found a boundary on the offside and all off a sudden it looked like Ravana Sena's were staging a fightback. But Prashant was dismissed soon via a run out and 8th wicket was down for the Ravana's. Soon in the process of getting some quick runs Ashik was dismissed by Gaurav Bisht as he was attempting a big hit but was holed out to Ram Bhat in the mid-wicket fence. Soon Ravana Sena were all out for 68 ending the golden run of Captain Nishant. For TC, Suresh D was the stand out performer with the ball with figures of 3/15 followed by Gaurav with 2 wickets and a wicket a piece to Bharath, Avinash and Ram Bhat.
MOM : Suresh D for his All-round effort.
Rising Phoenix thrash Griffin Warriors
Match 2 on Sunday was played between Griffin Warriors and Rising Phoenix, skipper Siddhu and mentor Nav Krishna were back in the squad for Griffins and Rising Phoenix was missing their exciting youngster Akash Shenvi. The match was curtailed to 16 overs due to time constraints.
Electing to bat first, Griffins started solidly with Nav Krishna and Viney Kumar playing some eye catching strokes, especially Nav Krishna who started with a boundary of the 1st ball. But the partnership didn’t last long as Viney was out bowled to Neehal Shaikh, Nav Krishna followed soon after edging to wicket keeper Raghu off Sandeep Nallala who has a knack of taking crucial wickets. Captain Siddhu who promoted himself up the order was bowled for a duck to a ball that kept low. Neehal seemed to be getting his rhythm back after a not so good 1st over. 38/1 was soon 39/4 as Nikhil Viru was out 1st ball to Neehal, but with the dependable Suraj Hegde at the crease Griffins wasn’t that worried, Suraj carried on from his previous innings with some good running between the wickets , he made 25 with 2 boundaries and 1 six , he seemed to be set for a long innings but didn’t get any support from the other end as Dhayalan, Parikshit, Vaibhav, Santosh, Bhargav, Niloy were back in the pavilion in what seemed like a procession and were all out for 82 runs. Though Rising Phoenix they didn’t have a good start with the ball they pulled it back with some quick strikes, Neehal And Sumeet Bagewadi took 3 wickets a piece , Jai and Sandeep took 1 wicket each.
After having pulled back in bowling after the initial set backs the momentum was clearly with RP, RP captain Raghu threw in a Surprise by sending in Jai along with Neehal to open the innings, Santosh Charan and Bhargav V opened the bowling for Griffins, it didn’t take long for Jai to open his shoulders and flex his muscles, he started with 2 back to back boundaries and a huge six. RP had raced to 34/0 and Siddhu had to ring in the changes and they had the bowling to back them up in Dhayalan, Nikhil Viru and Siddhu Himself, Dhayalan came in to replace Bhargav and started off with a wicket of the 1st ball to dismiss Jai, he was out for 16 and score was 34/1. RP captain Raghu walked in 1 down and with a 50 in the previous match was looking in good touch, and it didn’t take him long to get started, He started with a 6 and whatever hopes Griffins had of winning that game was gone with it as Raghu looked like in fantastic touch hitting the ball clean as a whistle, within a matter of a couple of over he had taken the match away from Griffins, Griffins tried everything including the spin of Nav Krishna however nothing seemed to have worked as Raghu kept hitting all of them out of the park, the match was over in the 9th over and Raghu remained unbeaten at 37*, all this while his mentor stayed true to his demeanor holding his end up , rotating the strike and let the other guys bask in the glory. RP finally got their batting together and also their 1st win in the do or die League.
MOM: Went to the unassuming always smiling Neehal Shaikh for his all round performance
Kishore DK's heroics help Assault Ayyannars beat Sphinx Samaraveeras
Sphinx Samaraveeras won the toss and decided to bat first, captain Dilip and Jayendra Bharat opened the innings for SS. Dilip was out LBW in the 2nd ball of the match to the quick Kishore DK. Chinni Vijay came in 1st down and started to counter attack with a couple of boundaries but on the other end Jayendra Bharat wasn’t able to give him any support with the usual plays and misses and finally getting himself run out for 5 runs off 14 balls, Chinni was bowled by Saleem Mallick soon after, that brought in Subashish Baruah and Rajesh Prasad to the crease. Both looked in good touch, timing the ball well, hitting the gaps and running hard, hitting the occasional boundary and building a solid foundation for the hitters to come and take over, within no time Rajesh and Subashish had put up a 57 run partnership and then Rajesh was run out. Subashish was out soon after to Karthik G .
With Lakshmi Indo and Kenny in the crease one could expet some fireworks and that’s what the crowd got exactly as Karthik G started with a dolly to Kenny and he sent the ball out of the field with a monstrous six. Samaraveeras put up a formidable 126/6 setting a target of 127 for Ayyannars.
|Man of the match: KISHORE DK (on the left)|
As far as Ayyannars bowling was concerned, they tried everything even having the Keeper Shabri to come and bowl 2 overs and captain Ravee also couldn’t keep himself from not bowling, Karthik Y bowled well but was wicketless, DK ended with 2 wickets, Saleem and Karthik G shared a wicket apiece.
127 was definitely a not so easy total to chase in this pitch and Ayyannars didn’t have the best of starts loosing their top 4 for 32 runs, if there is a player you want walking in at this situation 9 times out of 10 you would want a player with the composure of Saleem Mallick , and he proved why many in BCG hold him in high regard. With DK walking in at the fall off the 4th wicket they started the process of rebuilding their innings, Saleem kept the score ticking with singles and occasional boundaries which allowed DK to settle in ,and it was a matter of time that he exploded after playing a string of dot balls, starting with a huge 6. DK and Saleem took the game away from SS with some splendid strokes, while DK tonked the ball Saleem was caressing the field, hitting the gaps. DK raced to a 50 in no time before he got him self run out, Saleem though stayed and ensure he took his team home, he remained unbeaten on 40*
MOM : Kishore DK was awarded the MOM