As it turns out – both PGPX and PGP had a field day today, though arguably – the former seemed to have more of it with the sweet scent of victory they snatched in the end! The young PGP guns and the charged-up PGPX “marauders” got together for a friendly-cum-zealously-fought cricket match in the old campus cricket ground under an overcast sky this fine Sunday morning. In the end – PGPX trumped the PGP’s by a formidable 19 runs margin.
Put into bat, PGPX faltered initially, losing the 3 wickets in the first two overs. Nitesh (11) and Sumit (23) then steadily built the innings piling a decent number of runs. However, both of them fell in quick succession in the sixth and seventh overs respectively. Palash (9) and Gopal (21) then took over and scored as if the balls were being handed over on a platter. They did their bit in unsettling the PGP bowling attack with the latter displaying an amazing all round performance both with the bat and the ball.
The PGP’s sensing the PGPXers’ marauding intent quickly decided it was time to spruce up the act – and cracked three quick wickets in the 10th and 11th overs. It was then time for Venu and the by-now-set-on-the-crease-Gopal to fire all cylinders as they opened the blade forcing the ball to take the aerial route, much to the dismay of our PGP friends; Venu finished not out with 11 runs with one scintillating six and one blistering four – taking just 3 balls. Gopal played a superbly controlled knock scoring 21 runs with two magnificent sixes that completely belie his rather quiet demeanor!
PGP’s got on the ground with a target of 98 runs to win in 12 overs. The PGPX bowling attack ably led by the trio of Gopal (4 Wickets) , Chinmay (1 Wicket) and Prof Ernesto (2 wickets) gave a flying start and kept cracking wickets at regular intervals – never quite allowing the PGP’s to take hold of the situation. Only during the middle overs did Sangitesh and Shekhar show some rhythm piling runs quickly, including a couple of sixes and fours, also displaying superb running between the wickets. However, the party didn’t last long and once Sangitesh fell, caught over mid-on by Palash, the rest of the wickets fell rapidly.
The PGPX team showed superb performance in all departments of the game – batting, bowling and fielding. Lots of good catches, plenty of extraordinary run-saving, tight line and length with the ball and lastly bundles of enthusiastic cheering were on display during the match. Palash was especially deadly in the fielding department – taking 3 superb catches and clearing the way for the PGPX victory. The catch of the match went to the Saurabh, suitably dubbed the dark horse – whose diving effort in mopping up the catch on the long-on boundary went beyond everyone’s expectations.
The amazing agility displayed by PGPX team speaks volumes of the fitness levels our players have maintained! Superb camaraderie was on display with chit-chat and cheerleading happening both on and off the ground amongst the players and their supporters. Overall, a good game of cricket made for a fabulous Sunday morning! Well done PGPX and PGP Cricket Teams!