Today we played a cricket series. It was Yahoo! Vs Yahoo!, yes its Yahoo! QE team Vs Yahoo! Ops team. The venue was National College play ground at Jayanagar. We played the game in a 3 match series comprising of 10 overs per side in each match. Yahoos had turned up in a pretty good number for both the sides by 1:30 pm as we had planned earlier. We lost the toss in the first match and Ops team decided to bat first. We were able to contain them to 50 runs off 10 overs by bowling first. Chasing a score of 51 was not at all difficult for us and finished the match in a span of less than 6 overs! Thanks to few of the folks for their wonderful shots that made the chase look so easy.
Again, we weren’t so lucky with the toss for the second match. There wasn’t any change from ops team either in selecting to bat first. As we had about 20 people from QE group in the grounds, we decided to give everyone a chance to play. Nine of the first match eleven opted to be spectators this time. In this match, ops team was successful in putting up a score of 82 by the end of 10th over. Chasing this wasn’t too tough either for our team. We chased the target having a couple of more overs to spare! Again, batsmen from our side made it look easy and we weren’t in panic at any point during the second match either. Once this match got over, some of the folks were tired by then and decided to be the spectators. Also, we made one more unanimous choice to bat without the toss after our consecutive failure with toss in the first two matches. Nevertheless to say, we were flying high with two wins.
In the third match, we had the worst possible start! First three balls, 3 wickets down! It was a hatrick bowling performance from Ranadheer of ops team! By the end of first over we were down with one more wicket making the score card look very gloomy at 2 runs for the loss of 4 wickets. We were in a miserable condition loosing some of the good batsmen so cheaply. Prashanth Gowda and Chandra were the stars in our batting line up. We managed to put up a score of 91 by the end of 10 overs. Our bowling was good enough in the first 4 overs, however, we gave away too many runs in the middle overs. Naveen, Sachin and Nachi did a good job in denying what it looked like an easy win. Ops team was in the verge of winning the match when the score card read 8 required off 6 balls with 5 wickets remaining! We held our nerves and won the match by 1 run! That was a thriller.
At the end of the day, we won all the three matches. Though it was a white wash, both the ops and qe teams had lots of fun. We got to know each other better and had a gala time playing cricket. Its always good to be on a cricket ground and relax ourselves once in a while unlike our daily routine of staying inside an air conditioned office all the day!