Date: 24 Aug, 2011
FINAL: Banking Bandits Vs E2E Tigers
Toss: Banking Bandits won the toss and elected to bat.
The Banking Bandits had a great start in the match, with an opening partnership of 43. Boundaries came at regular intervals with the scoring rate almost 10 throughout the innings. The opening batsman Dharmendar got out of Nagaraj’s delivery. Damodar, Syed and Sandeep made valuable contribution in batting to reach a good total of 116. The First innings by far was a great cricketing contest between the two teams, where in the E2E tigers were able to restrict Banking bandits, a team which is known to decimate the bowling attack by powerful batting, to a modest total of 116. The pressure of playing in finals was evident in both teams. Had E2E tigers not faltered in taking 2 easy catches, the fortunes might have been different for the Tigers.
Stars for E2E tigers: Arun (for his superb bowling economy of 4.3)
Stars for banking bandits: Syed and Dharmendar (for the opening partneship)
With a required runrate of 11.7 per over, the E2E tigers had a shocking start for the innings. Opening batsman Prashanth got out in the second delivery without scoring any runs. Arun, Kishore followed suit. Amazing bowling and fielding from Bandits showed their commitment towards the gentleman’s game. After the initial loss of wickets the E2E tigers never recovered. And with the result tending to Bandits favor the Tigers could hardly do anything to sustain the brilliant bowling attack. Two runouts added to the Tigers woes. For the Bandits Balaji’s bowling did the magic with three important wickets including captain Arun’s dismissal. Banking bandits won the match by 39 runs.
Stars for E2E tigers: Syed and Pramod
Stars for Banking Bandits: Damodar and Balaji
And with anamazing finish to a spectacular event,the undefeated Banking Bandits lift the FPL cup 2011.
Day 22 – 22-08-2011
BM XI vs Banking Bandits
BM XI won the toss and chose to Field first.
Banking Bandits splendid batting record continued with them scoring yet another total above 100. With what can be called as a steady start to the match the Bandits managed to steal only 19 off the first three overs. And with opener Dharmendar and captain Sandeep falling within a few balls the pressure mounted on all-rounder Damodar to do the deed for his team. And he put up an amazing show to amaze all those who were in the ground with a blitzkrieg 63(8×6, 1×4) off just 20 balls the Bandits finally got back into the game. The partnership of 87 for the third wicket between Damodar and opener Bharat was not only the most crucial one for the team but also came at the most appropriate time. After Damodar’s wicket fell at 109 the team’s run flow went on at an average pace and they managed to reach a total of 132 at the loss of 6 wickets. From BM XI’s bowling the only upside was watching Amar bowl, conceding just 19 runs off 3 overs he also managed to take 3 wickets.
Score: 132/6 after 12 overs.
With a lot of expectations from the opening pair the BM XI started the chase steadily.Aided by a lot of extras from Banking Bandits the BM XI had sufficient room to score. But trouble came in disguise when sathish tried to hit a ball for six in the second over. After sathish’s wicket there was an avalanche of wickets and things went terribly wrong for BM XI when they could not establish a partnership until they were 6 down. The middle order batsmen Yugandhar and Saravanan who started slow during sixth over managed to establish a partnership and took the team’s score to 107. But by then it was too late for BM XI to get back to the game. After the initial loss of wickets the partnership of 62 for the 7th wicket is worth a mention and is certainly laudable. For Banking Bandits Sreekanth took 4 wickets destroying the BM XI top order. And a fitting semi-final between two of the most entertaining teams in the series went to Banking Bandits’ favor.
The Tigers meet the Bandits on 25th and these two teams fight it out for the all-important FPL Cup. A Mexican stand-off between two of the best teams of the tournament on 25th evening will be top class entertainment without a doubt.
Man of the Match:
Damodar, for his all-round performance with the bat and ball. Bat- 63 off 20. Ball- 3.0-0-1-18.
The AppatuckersVS Banking Bandits
Toss won by The Appatuckers– Skipper Sathiya elects to bat first
The match had an interesting start with 2 No balls and a wide but opening batsmen Arun had to leave when bowler Damodar‘s ball deceivingly hit the Leg stump then after it was completely a bowlers match, bowlers Damodar and Sandeep gave away just two sixes and restricted any attempts by the hitters to score boundaries and by the end of 6 overs Appatuckers had scored only 36 runs with 2 wickets lost, attempting to raise the score the batsmen tried to hit hard but failed and 3 wickets fell during the 7th over by Srikanth with just 1run spared it proved to be the most rewarding spell for the Banking Bandits, at the end of 10 overs The Appatuckers had scored 43 runs with 7 wickets lost and 9extras.
Score: 43/7 – 10 Overs complete
Innings 2 :
Banking Banditsstarted its game with ease as it was an easy Target to reach, the bowlers tried in vain to remove the wickets early as that was the only option they were left with but Syed, Sandeep and Dharmendhar with 12,13 & 17 runs to their credit carried their team to its first victory in the FPL.
Score: 49/3 – 4.5 Overs complete
Man of the Match:SrikanthbalajiAmaran- 3 Wickets for 4 runs in 2 Overs.