Lombardy League Cup
Milan C.C. vs. Sri Lanka Milano April 17th 2011
by Karthik Duraisami
Srilanka won the toss? (I was not privy to the toss, but had Sunil won it, we
would have most definitely batted - its an Indian thing) and got off to a
disastrous start. Sunil, bowling from the, as he himself christened it later,
The Sunil End, was unplayable to put it mildly. The Srilankan top order were
clueless failing to pick up his slower one, a ball he now bowls rather
frequently. Given that his slower one is usually the fifth or sixth ball of
every over, it is quite tempting to suggest that it is age rather than guile at
play. Yogesh, sharing the new ball with Sunil, was in his element as well. Both
Yogi and Sunil were unlucky to have a few plumb-to-the-naked-eye decisions not
go their way. Only later did Milan wake up to the idea that the lbw mode of
dismissal was taken out of play altogether for this game. Despite that, thanks
to a superlative bowling effort, Srilanka was reduced to 19 for 7.
Pasindu, for Srilanka scored a fine fifty dealing exclusively in boundaries.
Ramesh, replacing Sunil, bowled a tidy first over but for the three fours that
were scored off of him that over. And just when, with Pasindu's hard hitting,
things were beginning to go Srilanka's way Tim effected a run out and Yogi, in
his second spell, claimed two wickets in two balls to put paid to their plans of
posting a 100 plus total.
Srilanka: 89 all out
(Pasindu - 54; Sunil - 5wkts, Yogi - 3, Vicky - 1)
Milan opened with Tim and Sonu. Tim, our overseas player from Lugano, with no
IPL scouts in sight, decided to have an off day with the bat. Sonu played a
characteristically aggressive innings before being bowled off an inside edge for
15. Karthik (it feels odd to refer to myself in the third person) sent in at
one-down, because of Sunil's largess and not because of any technical
accomplishments one would associate with that position, played a fine innings,
scoring 1, before shouldering arms to a delivery that clipped MIDDLE. This then
brought to the crease some rather fine batsmen who took us to a comfortable
victory. Bhupi top scored for Milan with a flawless 35 and Gautam pitched in
with 19, a score he has been dismissed for on three previous occasions.
(Bhupi - 35, Sonu - 15, Gautam - 19; Rangana - 2wkts)
Milan, ably led by Bhupi, and backed by some good fielding (Sunil's diving catch
at mid on, Gautam and Tim's ground fielding, Gurmail's work behind the stumps
and Karthik's ball retrieving skills from the boundary being the highlights) to
go with some disciplined bowling restricted Srilanka to 114 for 8 in their
alloted 20 overs. Yogi, on a hat-trick (carried over from the previous game)
managed a wicket off the second ball he bowled giving him Malingaesque figures
of three wickets in four balls. Some effort that.
(Saman - 31, Rangana - 23, Ranasinghu - 15)
Milan chased down the total with two overs to spare with weighty (in the 20-20
context) contributions from Ramesh (17), Bhupi (17), Gurmail (16) and Gautam
Guru (who has played cricket at the highest level, not unlike other Indians,
representing at various stages his canton, university, school, and prep-school
teams) was nice enough to keep score in the second game.
Sahasrajit Ramesh is seriously good with a camera. He is all set to win this
years 'upcoming-young-photographer' award to be handed at the annual dinner.
Tim, is all set to walk away with this years 'commitment' cup.
We need non-partisan umpires. This farce has to end.