Match 1: Jain College, Bangalore v/s Ram Lal Anand College, Delhi
Match 2: SRM University, Chennai v/s Teegala Krishna Reddy Educational Society, Hyderabad
Verdict: Jain College, Bangalore and Teegala Krishna Reddy Educational Society, Hyderabad stay.
Men of the Match: KL Rahul and Sumanth
Quote of the Match: “If you’re playing T20 cricket you have to become a smart bowler – a chor bowler.” – Balwinder Singh Sodhi
The Match Haiku:
Sudden Southern Winds
Blew Away the Capital
Bye bye dear Delhi
The Match Report:
When I walked into the Vengsarkar Cricket Academy in the village of Mahul near Chembur, Mumbai, the first thing I noticed was that it was boiling like the inside of a mall before they invented air-conditioning… well, to be honest, it was the first thing I noticed when I was born. The second thing I noticed was something even more fantastical – colour. YES, you got it right. The city teams were wearing uniforms that weren’t the sweat-stained beiges that pass off as whites in colleges, but in bright yellows and blues that made me wonder if the designer had googled “summer colours” before zeroing in on the shades he wanted to adorn these young gentlemen with.
As it turned out, Red Bull had got these uniforms made for them. IS THAT THE SWEETEST THING OR WHAT? Give them a high-five, you guys.
The third thing I noticed was the very many number of slightly beat-up looking cars trying to sneak a peek at the matches by sticking their heads above the ground perimeter. Does that startle you? IT STARTLED ME TOO! Until I realized that it was a scrapyard with cars and trucks piled on top of each other. If life were a sci-fi movie, a giant cyborg would’ve come rushing through the wreckage, picking off young cricketers one by one.
Unfortunately it’s not. Lucky for us that we have T20 matches that are as colourful as the boys’ uniforms.
In Match 1, Delhi won the toss and decided to field. 40 overs later, they realized that it wasn’t the smartest thing to do. Prateek Suneja obviously didn’t “hear” what he was being told, geddit? Geddit? Bangalore’s K.L. Rahul did a dance all over the ground with seven 6s and Delhi’s entire bowling attack and then to help matters, took 3 wickets in the second innings. He was then awarded Man of the Match, after much deliberation and discussion by the Red Bull team. It was one of the hardest decisions for them, right after deciding whether they should settle for baby blue or teal for Delhi’s uniform. In the end, Bangalore won by 6 runs and Delhi got baby blue uniforms.
In the second match, Hyderabad played Chennai – the latter won the toss and decided to bat. At the end of the first innings, they made130/9, with R Ashish making 44 runs, and R. Sarvajith taking 4 wickets. Then Hyderabad came in to bat, lost 3 wickets and went on to make a 100 run partnership between Captain Sumanth and Rohan Yadav. Those two stuck to the crease like chewing gum in your hair, refusing to leave until they score the winning runs. And score they did! Hyderabad beat Chennai in a convincing victory, and Sumanth was crowned Man of the Match.
Then a giant cyborg came rushing through the wreckage.