So we have done it again. It started auspiciously, with our captain, Vijay L. winning the toss and electing to bat first.
The scorching heat did not mar the confidence of our strong openers, as Rahul M. and Vijay L. went all guns blazing on the LSI bowlers. Their bowlers went totally clueless, as to where and how to ball. Vijay showcased his batting skills, by hitting sixes and fours all over the park, where Rahul supported by staying strong on the other end. It was an enthralling showcase of fours and sixes and a brilliant display of running between the wickets, from our determined openers.
We received the first blow from LSI on 63 runs opening partnership, when Rahul got caught behind( 22 off 20 balls ). Vijay, on the other hand was on the verge of scoring his maiden 50. With a strong hit towards long on, Vijay got to his marvellous and well-deserved 50, with a comfortable couple.
Our captain’s inning ended at an applausable( and hoots ) score of 59 off 36 balls that included 3 sixes and 6 four (“phew”). There was no chance for LSI to recover as the damage was already done by our captain by the end of 10th over. Enter Pravin M, who showcased his usual blitzkrieg against the opponent, by hitting 2 skilful fours. We had set a massive target of 105 to chase.
But the entertainment for Xento support did not stop here. It was a “do or die” situation for LSI to stay in the tournament, and our bowlers were going to be on the field, with nothing held back. Vipin opened the 2nd inning with his fierce attack on the LSI batsman. With such a huge score and number of dot balls rising, the frustation started creeping in, on the LSI batsman. It was in the very first over, that our mighty wolves tasted first LSI blood, with a simple catch in fine leg for Rishi M. It was all rampage after that, as the LSI batting line-up, kept tumbling down like a house of cards. The boundaries had dried up and the Xento wolves smelled an easy victory. Pravin with his accurate line and length, kept the runs under control. Vipin on the other hand, continued his preying on the batsmen, by scalping 4 LSI wickets. Somanth S. also added to LSI’s wreck by taking 2 wickets, that included an uprooting of the timber.
What started as a cracker of a inning, continued with the same streak and energy towards the end. The LSI inning was wound up at a mere total of 78, with all players back in their stable. The mighty wolves humbled LSI, with a showcase of herculian batting and acute bowling strength, that was perfected by a touch of professionalism. Vijay was awarded “Man of the Match”, for his brilliant knock of 59 ( surely a “Captain’s Knock” ).
”It was a disciplined game from Xento” – LSI’s captain stated after the match.