Inter MAHE Cricket Final – LiveBlog
The LiveBlog for Inter MAHE Cricket Final is now live !
Hello everybody and welcome to MIT-A vs MIT-B Live Blog. I am Hitesh Upadhyay and beside me we have Amit Shah and Karan Hiranandani.
Hello there! The Post is live to you from Sunny side MIT, straight to you from the MIT Cricket Ground with the InterMAHE Cricket Final. It’s sibling rivalry on a grassy turf, with MIT-A facing off MIT-B for the first time in the final in history. So sit tight, relax, and enjoy a great Sunday filled with better cricket.
We have Ashutosh Gupta and Prateek Giridhar open for MIT-A.
To all our readers, sprawled on their beds on this lazy Sunday morning, Welcome to the LiveBlog of the Cricket match between MIT-A and MIT-B.
It’s been one over and we’re already on our feet. Ashutosh Gupta has already been sent back to the pavilion, caught at slip by Aakash Jain, bowled by Ayush Singhania.
One pitch in India where the ball seams, eh?
The atmosphere on the field is pretty intense. The fielders all pepped up trying to get into the batsman’s head. Trying to force him to make a mistake.
And we have another wicket.
The score after three overs is eight runs for two wickets. MIT-A on the back foot after losing two quick wickets.
Well, the Underdogs seem to be dictating terms right now. Yash Jain has been caught and bowled by Ninad Shetty
The day’s been a little slow for the batsmen, with two wickets falling in quick succession.
Amit what do you feel about the aggressive field set?
So much for playing on Indian wickets. It’s been a bowler’s track so far
Well, these guys are wearing white but no one wants to take things lying down.
It’s Aakash Jain playing spin doctor up next.
Four overs, ten runs for two wickets.
An interesting field set-up for the left handed Pratik.
Short point, a Short Third man, Deep fine leg, with Long on and Long Off patrolling the boundary. Square leg’s deep too, with Cover patiently awaiting the first attempt at a boundary. And the fielder at slip just highlighting the aggressiveness displayed by MIT-B
13-2 in 5 overs, with MIT-A batting first.
Waiting for the sixes to start. I don’t want to carry my helmet back without a dent.
6 overs, 15-2. MIT-B has made the ball do the talking. And MIT-A..
Well, they’ve got the Pavilion talking.
The cheering game is strong here, with a drum beating to get the teams pumped.
A beautiful effort by the fielder at covers to stop that well timed shot which looked destined to go for a four.
That’s a blinder of a catch! He plucked that out of nowhere!
17-3 after 7 overs. MIT-A with its back against the wall.
The pressure now surely mounting on the batting side. We’ve not even crossed the 10 over mark and they are three down for 17 runs.
Who needs to see Jonty Rhodes playing with the All Stars when you got Sai Vishal? Blinder, that catch.
Pressure mounts on MIT-A as they lose three wickets in quick succession. Are we expecting a stellar comeback? Or will the match end before lunch time? Stay tuned for the action.
It’s been ages since the last boundary. The underdogs have stunned everyone here at the MIT-cricket ground.
9 overs, 20/3
MIT-A need to put in a better effort than Amit did while clicking that photo if they wish to last the 50 overs
Slick save, that, from the bowler.
And, it’s alright Karan. I’ll let that go. You’re as green as the turf today.
11 overs MIT-A 27/3
Prateek seems to be playing the role of the anchor.
Bat it out.
Slow and steady wins the race, huh?
The ball races toward the boundary like a tracer bullet.
This spinning delivery was one of the many things that have baffled the batsmen today.
The batsman cut through the field like a surgeon.
Prateek Giridhar has been on the crease since the first over and batted sensibly. That is exactly what his team needs right now. A calm and composed mind who will help them absorb the pressure and get though these tough overs.
12 overs, MIT-A 34/3
My nerves have settled down
The constant worry of my laptop getting smashed by a six has diminished.
Prusty’s being cheered to hold on till 50 overs. Pressure much?
And don’t worry. When you’re using ION, it’s not the cricket ball you fear smashing the laptop.
Prusty slyly knicks one to fine leg.
Fielder screams at the dugout for a chewing gum.
The MIT Post, bringing you the important updates from the cricket match.
This lefty righty combination seems to be working very well for the MIT-A team. Constantly making the fielders change their positions and not letting the bowlers to settle down.
The Umpire stretches his arms.
And no, it wasn’t for a boundary.
15 overs, 42/3
The temperature cools down slightly, with a hint of clouds overhead. The clouds are just one of the things circling overhead MIT-A.
Prateek and Prusty maintaining their defensive strategy, with an occasional swing at the ball when it calls for it. Things seem to be stabilizing.
The dugout never fails to amuse.
The field hasn’t changed since the first ball.
And Prateek swings and sends a delivery space bound! Or just about space bound, for it fell a feet shy of the boundary. Four to MIT-A. Cue drumroll.
The batsmen seem to be getting more ambitious by the second. And they pay for it. Stunning catch sends Prateek back to the dugout.
Saumitra Darbal up next to bat. The MIT-A captain now leads from the front, taking matters into his own hands.
It’s been a close fight.
MIT-A v/s ION
No clear winner so far
And we’ve reached the 50 run mark!
19 overs, 50/4
MIT-B running a tight ship with the fielding. They’re getting their basics right. No wonder the opposition is on the back foot.
The bowlers are constantly bowling in the right areas, forcing the batsmen to make mistakes.
See, the biggest advantage to having a left-right batting team is that it’s easy to identify who’s on strike. Now with a right-right combination, what was earlier Prusty and Prateek might soon be batsman 1 and batsman 2. We’ll still try our best, though.
No cricket game in India is complete without a dog streaking through the field
21 overs, 54/4
The Photography Club helping us step up the image quality. Cheers, guys! And a shout out to our Sports Secretary donning the white hat.
Batsman eases one into the boundary. 22 overs, 59-4.
The captain takes things into his own hands as he tries increasing the run rate. Beautifully timed four by Saumitra Darbal.
The batsman tries to squeeze one between the gaps while the bowler swings it both ways.
No, totally no innuendo.
And MIT-A slips another boundary between the fielders!
Aaksah Jain brought back into attack as MIT-B team looks for more wickets.
Drinks break! Crack open the Old Mo.. Gatorade. Have Gatorade.
Strategies being discussed by both teams as they prepare themselves for this battle of the wits.
Fielder temporarily forgetting that this is a cricket match and gets in position for a 100 metre dash.
Alright, prediction time. Amit and Karan, if you were to put your money on one team from this point on wards, who would it be?
MIT-B seems to be the stronger team at the moment, with consistent fielding and tight bowling. But this is a bowling track, and all will depend on how they fare with the bat. MIT-A has mopped up the spilled milking to a certain extent with the captain taking charge.
MIT-B have started exactly how they left before the drinks break. The field set is still attacking. The bowlers constantly bowling in the right areas.
The batsmen are holding fort for a long time, and bowlers are dying to see the umpires give the batsmen the finger.
A brilliant shot. Saswat Prusty is stepping up the gas. Batting more aggressively now. One more four added to his tally.
Out. Too much agression. Saswat Prusty loses his wicket to a slow delivery from Ayush.
Out. Too much agression. Saswat Prusty loses his wicket to a slow delivery from Ayush. He completely mistimes the shot and the the off-stump rolls over.
It’s 76/5 after 28 overs
And MIT-A need a partnership more badly than I need a Dongle.
It seems the wicket doesn’t seem to slow the new Batsman on strike. Abhinav MAheshwari opens his account with a cracking four.
The partnership that was.
MIT-B may be in the Driver’s Seat, but MIT-A sure are making themselves heard from the Pavilion.
29 overs, 81/5
After 30 overs, MIT-A are 82 for five.
Karan who do you think has been the star player for the MIT-B team today?
5 overs, 8 runs, and 1 wicket. Brilliant statistics
But, it’s been more a team performance than a one man show.
In the words of Sidhu, “You can’t play a Symphony alone. It takes an orchestra to play it.”
hahahaha…well said. The team performance has been spot-on. Just seven extras. They have made the batsmen work for every other run.
The score after 33 overs is 85 for five.
“There is light at the end of the tunnel for the batting team, but it’s that of an oncoming train which will run them over.”
33 overs, 85/5
Hitesh, any predictions for the score at the end of 50 overs?
Another wicket for MIT-B. A bit of hesitation from the batsmen and the fielders makes no mistakes. Another team wicket. The captain walks back to the pavilion.
Tempers flare at the pavilion as the players are not happy with the umpires decision.
Another four after a long time for the MIT-A team. Beautifully placed shot.
It’s all part and parcel of the game.
The Umpire’s presence is what makes it a Gentleman’s Game.
35 overs, 91/6
The left handed Akash Sharma takes guard
Aakash Jain bowling his ninth over. What a day it has been for him.
Abhinav taking over from where Prusty left off.
Another shot, clipped to the square leg boundary for four.
96/6 after 36 overs
Abhinav Maheshwari is getting the runs on the board for MIT-A team. The score after 36 overs is 96 runs for six wickets.
“We need a four every over AB, but stay till the end AB.”
Abhinav Maheshwari, ladies and gentlemen, cool as a cucumber
The running between the wickets by Abhinav Maheswari and Aditya Sharma has been spot-on. Brilliant understanding between the two.
Another wicket for MIT-B. Beautiful catch at point by Aakash. Abhinav walks back to the pavilion after a brilliant innings.
Free hit. This gives the batsman to free his arms.
A swing and a miss. What a waste. credits to the bowler.
Hundred up for the MIT-A team. The team cheers the total.
Free hit. This gives the batsman the chance to free his arms.
A swing and a miss. What a waste. credits to the bowler.
MIT-B have got their tails wagging at this crucial juncture. As of now, lasting the 50 overs ought to be MIT-A’s primary focus.
Fighting it out.
Hopefully, one of the batsmen has been an ardent follower of VVS Laxman
Aakash Jain bowls his last over. What a day it’s been for him. He has had an economy of 2.5 and has taken a wicket.
The game seems to have slowed down a bit. The two batsmen on the crease taking their own time to settle down. Their main focus is to play through the 50 overs.
39 0vers, 101/5.
Finally, a change in the field. And what?
Third man has been brought in.
Last 10 overs, and MIT-B have stepped up their attacking game.
Couldn’t have been more unorthodox and taunting
The MIT-B team is not letting the batsmen take any singles. Beautiful field set by the captain.
The India v/s South Africa game has been delayed due to rain.
The rain is coming down thick and fast in Bangalore, but the dark clouds have been circling over MIT-A since the beginning.
41 overs done, 104/7
If MIT-A team goes on all-slog mode from this point on wards then I feel they might pose a total of 150+ runs. What do you think Karan?
Sad sights as Rishabh Singh is carried out of the field. He pulled his right hamstring while fielding acrobatically.
The game resumes as the injured player is carried off the field. The score after 42 overs is 106 for seven.
150 seems tough
8 overs to go, and 106 up on the board.
According to Aakash, the grass on the outfield hasn’t been trimmed.
So, despite our criticism, 150 could be an interesting score.
And, MIT-A have lost another wicket
Another wicket. MIT-B is showing no mercy. They want to get their opposition all out before 50 overs.
Aditya walks back to the pavilion after spending a long time on the pitch. The new man in is Rishab Dave.
A narrow escape. The batsman tried to play the ball away from his body and almost gave a catch to the slip fielder.
Swing and Miss seems to be the batting team’s new tactic.
Fortunately for them, the timber sticks haven’t been rattled.
The fielders have closed in. The only way to get runs is over the heads of the fielders.
44 overs up, and it’s 108/8.
And it’s a spinner who’s been called into the attack.
Highly unorthodox, and he pays for it. Crisp shot, which hurtles towards cover for four
Full-toss. And played into the gap by the batsman. The bowler breathes a sigh of relief.
A swing and a miss. The Batsmen seem to step up the scoring as we move into the final five overs of the first innings.
45 overs done, and it’s 115/8.
Four fielders patrolling the boundary at long on long off, deep fine leg and deep third man.
46 overs up, and it’s 117/8.
Our previous estimates of 140-150 have come crashing down hopelessly.
Spinners continue to operate from one end.
It is a bold move by MIT-B team. Introducing a spinner at this stage of the game, when batsmen are looking to slog.
Karan what do you think is a dependable total on this pitch?
Interesting banter from the dressing room. According to the batsmen, 130 is a challenging score. So much for our critical analysis. Hitesh, 130 could be an interesting total.
And the leg stump has been uprooted ruthlessly. Utkarsh has been bowled by Ninaad comprehensively. I guess the Swing and Miss tactic failed
MIT-B team need just one more wicket to end the first innings.
All out. A brilliant team display by MIT-B team. The last wicket was of Romel who tried playing away from his body, giving an easy catch to the wicket-keeper. That marks the end of the first innings.
So the innings has wrapped up at 120, with 3 overs still left. A stellar performance by the bowling team, in all departments. The fielding was particularly top-notch, with not one catch being dropped. The lack of drumroll suggests that the MIT-A team could’ve done better, but the players feel that they can defend this total. It’s going to be an interesting game, fellas.
What do you make of the first innings Karan? Any standout performers or moments according to you?
Ninaad, Ayush and Aakash were the standout bowlers, with an all round performance in the fielding department. Abhishek, Prusty and Prateek held ship for a while, which under the circumstances, is highly commendable
The players have left the field, giving me an opportunity to surmise the field.
This field has been host to amazing instances of fielding today. Unfortunately, this field is the only thing which connects me to athletic dives.
The players rush to the pavilion as they have been given a forty five minute break. Putting praises for the MIT-B team aside, I feel batting from Prateek Girdhar and Saswat Prusty deserves a mention. They both stayed on the crease for as long as they did and helped their team put up this total.
Two members from the MIT-A team are warming up on the pitch. I guess Hitesh and I aren’t the only blokes who aren’t tired after the hectic morning session.
Yeah, that’s right. We need to stretch too.
Bowlers warm up for the second innings. They have the tough task of defending the low total.
*stretch our fingers
Hahahaha…Well i think my fingers have been stretched for too long. A few players have started to return after lunch. Can’t wait for the second innings.
Scorer be like, “My BE paper had more marks than the fours column on this scoresheet”
Players warming up for the second innings. Everyone is waiting for the umpires. We shall begin with the second innings shortly.
And the drumroll is beginning again. That’s the thing about cricket, breaks are just too long. Let’s just get on with the game
The batsmen have padded up and are warming up to start the second innings.
Well the MIT-A team needs more than just sips of those energy drinks if they are to defend this small total of 120 runs.
The Umpires are here. Start isn’t too far. Players taking final sips of their energy drinks while I shamelessly gobble up packaged fried potatoes, complemented with an extremely quantity of compressed air, also known as Lays.
Quoting Cornelius Fudge from the Goblet of Fire, “Let the Match Begin!”
Utkal Swain and Sushrut Devasthali get us under way. And what a way to start. Sushrut starts the innings with a four on the very first ball.
The MIT-A team is trying to get into the batsman’s head, trying to provoke him to make a mistake. They will not give up without a fight.
We have a first slip, second slip and a gully in place. The MIT-A team desperate for early wickets.
Two overs up, and it’s 5/0. Close shaves for the batsmen, coupled with the over enthusiastic fiedling time is spicing things up.
Who needs a drum when you got the MIT-A team?
The required run-rate is 2.44 per over. All that MIT-B team needs to do is keep their cool and capitalize on the mistakes of their opposition.
I’ve got an apparently timid Aakash Jain, padded up and waiting to go next, sitting right behind me. In the meanwhile, the MIT-B team seem to be finding the sweet spot for every delivery thrown at them. If the sweet spot of the bat was a crime scene, they’d probably be Sherlock and John
3 overs, 10/0
13 for no loss. After four overs MIT-B has had a perfect start to the second innings.
The bowlers can’t really afford to give extras. They have to maintain their line and length and I’m sure the wickets will come if they do that.
Lovely day for an exciting match of cricket. Right now MIT-B is on top but the innings has just started and we have a long way to go.
MIT-B have captured the drum now.
And it seems to be bursting much more frequently than it did for MIT-A.
A scintillating pull shot by Sushrut sends the ball running towards the the mid-wicket boundary.
The openers are murdering the ball. Well timed strokes all over the field. It’s a privilege to watch them at work. After five overs the score is 20 runs for no loss.
Joining us on the blogging table is Arunabh Sengupta. Even bloggers need substitutes.
Utkal sends the ball crashing to the mid-wicket boundary for a well-timed four. MIT-B off to a flyer.
MIT-B have started dominating the game. The score after six overs is 26 for no loss.
A bit of a fumble on the field.
A scintillating shot to fine leg for four by Utkal.
Seven overs down, and it’s 33/0. So far, it’s been all MIT-B. MIT-A’s energy doesn’t seem to depreciate, but a wicket is the need of the hour.
The required run-rate now has dropped down to 2.04 runs per over.
And the first wicket is down!
Sushrut perishes to Rishabh Dave’s ball, with a good catch by the wicketkeeper, Prusty.
We have a change on the Bloggers’ table. Amit and Arunabh are taking over, while Hitesh and I are signing off.
An amazing shot for four to square leg by Utkal
The score stands at 39 for the loss of a single wicket in 9 overs.
A great display of fast bowling by Rishab Dave. The score stands at 41 for 1 wicket after 10 overs.
A beautiful cut shot from Utkal. 4 more runs for MIT-B.
After 11 overs its 49 for 1.
And MIT-B have reached the 50 run mark in a very quick fashion.
MIT-B cruising toward the 122 target with a score of 50-2, having just lost Aakash who got trapped on the pads by Rishab Dave. Is this the turning point, or will we see this match wrapping up by 3pm?
Prasoon Kumar up next in the MIT-B batting line up.
A wicket maiden by Rishab Dave. MIT-A trying to claw their way back into the game.
MIT-A team captain Saumitra taking matters into his own hands with the ball. Will his offspin be the deus ex machina that his team desperately needs?
The dugout calming Utkal down, asking him to play the slow game and finish the game with class.
Aaaaaand the stumps go for a toss! Rishab Dave knocks the stumps of MIT-B team’s star batsman Utkal. The game is changing by the ball. The score is 51-3 after 13.1 overs, Dave on fire.
The striker sharply asks the non-striker to not attempt a run. Strong Gandalf vibes.
“You shall not run!”
Rishab Dave, scorching the pitch with his pace. So far, all three wickets are in his bag. Will we see a five-wicket haul sometime soon?
Aryan Gupta, replaces Utkal on the batting crease.
A bit of friendly banter going on in the field. Things are getting interesting here.
A simple catch by the fielder on silly mid-on (not so silly now) sends Prasoon back to the dugout. He didn’t trouble the scorers too much.
Mayank Sinha, coming in at number 6, is the new man at the crease.
MIT-B needs to hold fort now. They went from 49-1 to 51-4. 15 overs up. The Inter MAHE Cricket Final just saw a hairpin turn.
There seems to be a heated discussion on the field between the square leg umpire and the keeper. Gosh, why aren’t there any stump mics?
Mayank playing the Wall on the crease with his solid defense.
A simple catch to long off takes out Aryan.Tempers flare in the MIT-B team dugout and some chairs become collateral damage.
Rishab “Archi” Singh up next at the crease. Things look gloomy for the MIT-B team at they now stand at 55-5 after 17 overs.
An exquisite square cut by Rishab races off to the boundary. As Bhogle would have put it, “He had all the time in the world. He could have read a newspaper.”
Rishab “Archi” Singh up next at the crease. Things look gloomy for the MIT-B team as they now stand at 55-5 after 17 overs.
MIT-A using Rishab Dave like NFS gamers use Nitrous Oxide. But what do you when the Nitrous is over? Dave, bowling his ninth over.
“Bat ka logo dikha bowler ko.”
Friendly thoughts from the crowd aimed at Rishabh Singh.
2 successive maiden overs for MIT-A. This is anybody’s game right now.
Dave, bowling his last over. Anything can happen now.
“I came to watch the match after reading the blog.” Bharath Alapati
Lets make that 3 successive maidens. Rishab Dave take a bow.
Dave concludes a stunner of a spell with figures of 10 overs, 16 runs, 3 wickets, and 3 maidens. MIT-B breathes a sigh of relief.
A gorgeous shot to deep cover for a four.
The score stands at 61 for 5 after 21 overs. MIT-B has reached the halfway mark after a lot of drama. Lets see how this thing goes from here.
62/5 after 22 overs.
The fielding has been really tight for MIT-A, not giving any leeway to the batsmen.
A simple catch to long off takes out Mayank. The fielder makes no mistakes. MIT-B stand at 63 for 6.
Aditya Patil comes in at number 8.
The innings is half done. MIT-B stand at 64 for 6 wickets after 25 overs. They need to buckle up if they have to win this game. MIT-A peaking at the right time. The players get a drink and huddle up to make plans for the rest of this exciting match.
A catch has been dropped by the slip fielder. Things are heating up here.
I guess the problem with both teams being from MIT is that they’re both chanting the same thing. “Mighty, mighty, MIT!”
Its 69 for 6 after 26 overs.
Local chatter leads us to believe that there have been two sixes in this ground that went up to the 9th Block.
If MIT-B keeps up this display of tactful batting they just might be in with a chance. They need to keep their cool and see through at least another 8 overs without losing a wicket.
“Archi, Archi, cool it Archi.”
Trying to decide which commentator to idolize during the LiveBlog. We would’ve picked Ravi Shastri but we remember the time Yuvraj hit 6 sixes and Shastri ran out of originality in the third ball.
77-6 in 31 overs. 45 more runs to win. Their run rate so far is 2.48/over and required is at 1.55/over. They have the time, they just need the wickets.
And another one bites the dust. Aditya Patil trapped in front of the wickets by Aditya Sharma. The score is 77 for the loss of 7 wickets.
Okay I spoke too fast. The game is becoming better by the second. Would’ve bit my nails if I wasn’t typing.
Ayush Singhania is the man coming in at number 9.
MIT-B’s hopes ride on Student Council Sports Secretary Rishabh “Archi” Singh. He’s not out at 15.
And the stumps have been shattered. Ayush Singhania returns to the dugout after a brief stint.
Sai Vishal comes to the crease at number 10, after Ayush was castled with his team now at 79-8.
Archi still batting with a touch of aggression, despite his team needing 2 runs per over with as many wickets in hand. The number 10 batsman is playing it safe.
Archi playing a mature game, with aggression when it is called for. His leg side flicks are keeping the fielders (and commentators) on their toes.
83-8 after 35 overs.
It’s hard being Archi on the field now considering the variety of advice being shouted at him from the dugout.
After 37 overs the score stands at 86 for the loss of 8 wickets.
Number 10 batsman batting in the style of M.S. Dhoni. Or should I say defending in the style of M.S. Dhoni. The bat looks like a broom in his hands.
I love the way Akhil described the blog at the top of the page. “The LiveBlog is now live.”
Repetitive Akhil is repetitive.
Free hit to Archi.
Archi swings his bat like Thor’s hammer at the Free Hit. Squeezed in two runs.
“Sai aakhri match samajh ke khel phir batting nahi milne wali.”
Words of encouragement from the dugout.
And there it is. Archi departs for a stellar 32, highest run scorer for the team, with MIT-B on the back foot.
MIT-A wins, with the last man departing sharply after Archi got caught. The final score for MIT-B stands at 97 all out, with their opponents winning by 24 runs.
Thanks for following, everyone. This is Amit Shah and Arunabh Sengupta, signing off after an exciting game of cricket. MIT-A won the game, but Archi’s dogged determination won the hearts.