Wombats Dubai Super League 2016 – 17 Cricket
26th November 2016
Surah al-Feel (The Elephant)
The person who recites this Surah is kept safe from his enemies and has his difficulties and problems solved quickly. Recitation of this Surah is also helpful in remaining safe from evil tyrant rulers.
And……why am I telling you this…….because last night after we huddled, cuddled, took jabs at each other before the start of our bowling, a 2 minute recitation of this powerful Surah by Mehroze gave us the victory which seemed distant in run up to the game. We should make this a regular feature. We need Allah on our side.
What a night it was…TCC‘s Camaraderie which had won so many games for us and had gone rouge from the start of this season, came back. Three generations of our Captains choreographed this win, which is bound to lift our spirits. TCC had been hit with various setbacks this season. We have lost too many good people to liberal immigration and work visa regimes around the globe. Then we have our otherwise functional members deciding to give it a rest which took bravado out of the winning equation for us………….but and here is the kicker…last night TCC under its newly installed leadership who have a motto “Let’s make TCC great again”, reminded us, we are The Cricketer’s Club and we will lift the cup this season, Inshallah.
DSL Version 4 hasn’t been good for our hard drives thus far. Too many system crashes, 3 of them to be mathematically correct. Game against Wombats is akin to an India vs. Pakistan match. It’s pure Adrenaline Rush. No need for a blue pill. Having lost to the yellow shade of the same team in a match, which can be easily explained in three alphabets, WTF. They did not win, we lost that match and hence the match with the darker version of the same team meant a lot but most importantly, it was our pride, which needed repairs.
Run up to the game. Traditionally we would have analyzed the hell out of it with our number crunchers giving us a lot of stats and probability distributions as to how can we beat, blacks. This time we kept things easy. A nihari and poori brunch earlier in the day set the tone for the proceedings later in the day, in my case I was happy I didn’t get to bat as otherwise the Black’s Wicketkeeper may have even smelled the plan. We arrived early for the game – that’s a first and some of us actually did net practice before the game. Aftagfirullah. Yeh Tu TCC kay achay dinno may bhi nahi huwa.
Then came the toss and heeding to the advice from Chief Meteorologist for TCC that Dew factor will not kick in, we decided to bat first. Kashif and Fari (pronunciation: /fɜː(r)/i)) – Blacks who were missing their chief protagonist – Mr. Qadri, opened the bowling with HSBC’ Ashir. They got Fari out in only 2nd over with Tafsheen’s ball clipping top of the off stump, ball was retrieved by the 3rd man. They should not ball this fast in local tournaments; there should be a rule about it. Then our professor went to bat. Between Kashif, Professor and a few missed catch chances, we saw emphatic display of stroke making with some shots were so easy on the eyes #eyecandy and yet were heavy on the scoreboard. Both of them gave a much-needed good start to TCC. After scoring 15 boundaries and enjoying each other’s company for 13 overs, Kashif departed after making 58 runs. Then came the best decision by our Malik – The Captain. He re-jigged the batting order and sent EK (not Emirates) but Khan – Ehtesham Khan to bat. Not sure why they call them Shami, no one calls Mumtaz – Mammi and boy! Did he not prove Malik – The Captain right? He set fire to the rain by scoring 62 of 30 balls with 4 fours and 3 huge sixes. Owais #MichaelAngeloofCricket who normally can’t play night games unless they are in Dubai Stadium, had no issues with his vision tonight. Being the class he is and TCC’s most reliable achievement, showed blacks his midas touch. He scored a brilliant 85 which included 8 fours and one OMG!!! Beautiful Six over point. Got out stumped. Then it was Chips!!! And he made a potato out of it and came back as fast as he went. Malik – The Captain joined EK bandwagon and batted aggressively for his 2 fours. TCC ended with 236…..yes! you heard me right. 236 –Amount in Words: Two hundred and Thirty Six Runs.
With 236 runs on the board, a win was considered an outcome but there were 25 overs in between and we were one bowler short and Malik – The Captain decided not to un-leash his not so secret weapon #farjad anymore and asked him to wear protection and stand behind the wickets.
TCC started with our ace bowler this season and this may come as a surprise to our overseas TCC brethren but #MBhaiKiClassHai has risen to the occasion so many times this season to show us that Age before beauty is not an adage from yester years, it still holds true. Mumtaz bowled – one word – Brilliantly. Gave us our first wicket when Black’s young opener who couldn’t believe that a man of M Bhai’s age can bowl nicked one to our keeper. Blacks were 10/1 and M Bhai was just getting started. From the other end, we started with our find from previous season, a Xerox of Abir – only prettier, Mehroze. Left Handed Spin at it’s best. Batsmen were kept at Bay. Our first change, from not the Al Ain Road End, EK was brought in. Both Du employees made sure Black Batsmen had no service on their bats. 9 overs gone 60/1 with asking rate climbing. TCC who had to find the missing 5th bowler, asked Fari to bowl. After being hit with a six on first ball on deep square leg, he made the batsman – @google – yes! this is his name , make an error when he tried to hit him on the 6th ball over deep mid wicket where Chips! took a spectacular (injury free) diving backwards catch. 2 down blacks – 15 more overs to go. 2 overs later Fari instigated the same reaction to his bowling and this time Ashir at the very same position. 3 down Blacks. Next 4 overs saw consolidation by blacks with Hasnain leading the charge. Mehroze and Abir kept the proceedings quite but Blacks kept going at 7 RPO. Then Mehroze bowled his special and took Omer Hayat’s wicket. Clean bowled and we could almost seen the writing on the wall. But that wicket gave Hasnain an allergic reaction and we gave him the wrong medicine at that time. He started hitting in almost the same area for the next 5 overs. He scored 107 with 11 Fours (8 out of them between deep square and long leg) and 2 sixes (same area of bombardment). At this point, Malik – The Captain would have told you, were always in the game, however must admit that hammering did cause more than just acid reflux. We tidied up matters at the end with Abir producing a classic 2 wicket bearing 25th over. We won by 29 runs. Yayyy!!!
Some Key Highlights of the match:
Did Not Bat:[“F Tanveer†”, “MIQ QURESHI”, “M Mansoor”, “MH hussain”, “NR Rashid”]
3 of our batsmen scored 50+
We only bowled 2 wide balls – I double checked – it is sad and not exciting but true
We didn’t take any water break which is not good for some us as we need to be irrigated regularly.
Skip © – was by far the best fielder and was manning our LoC along with Abir on southern front.
Farjad kept well – He is a keeper
Malik – The Captain didn’t field in the slips. Another first. Although sometimes Slips is the most decent place for him too field. We all know he has taken the story of Hare and Tortoise to his heart and despite few reminders that that happened centuries ago and these days a little faster running in the field can still win the race but he is a simpleton at heart and believes that if turtle can win in track race, he can win in cricket as well.
I am fast becoming a specialist short fine leg fielder – being a self motivator I tend to believe it is an important fielding position reserved for the “special” in the team. I also believe in Santa Clause as well.
I will not close without mentioning our “Humnawa”. Naseem Bhai who is always there for us, came with his little Angel. Aneeq & Kashif Mir who heeded to the clarion call for a 12th Man by Malik – The Captain, came to the match. Kashif added the Oomph factor to the win with his camera. Even pictures seemed twice as nice. Winning is such a #bitch. Also present was Shamshad of Shahzad fame and has been nursing a finger injury. Thank you brothers.
If batting accolades are with Kashif, Owais and EK, on the field Abir won the day for us. We celebrated with a #mannequin challenge..we figured we arent fit enough to do the push ups….this was more our speed.