MSUCC Matches/Events:

MSUCC vs Ole Miss

Organized by MSU Cricket Club

Date: March 22, 2008
Venue:Ole MISS Campus

By Sourav Patnaik

In the arena of cricket, nothing is taken for granted. The game with OLE MISS was no exception. Hard practice and dedication proved again for the DAWGS. After a brisk early morning ride to Oxford, the ole miss ground was a scintillating site. Bowling “first” was on everyone’s mind when we came across some damp portions in the field and spine chilling cold breeze. Upon winning the toss Alok Singh decided to go with the team and sent Ole Miss to bat first. Ashish opened the bowling as he also did for the match v/s UAB. He gave the breakthrough in the third bowl of the first over; the batsman had no idea when his bells flew off in the air. Ole Miss Innings had a shaky start and they lost three wickets soon, thanks to some wonderful piece of bowling by Sudhir. During the first ten overs, the runs were dried up. But when Prasad came into bat, he kept the score board clicking. Things were not looking good for the bowlers as runs were coming in a plenty. Team was getting low on spirits and also there were few bad overs seemed to lower the morale of the team. But then Prasad wicket was seen as the near end of their innings and they were all out quickly. Prasad’s half century saw Ole Miss to a total of 125. The Dawgs were confident and the batsmen had lot of ground to cover before they called it a day.

Scorching sun was indeed a relief from the breezy weather and proved a good sign for the batting side, because the ball won’t swing much. Sudhir started the innings with a bang of boundary. But then Praveen’s wicket in the second over proved a setback to the team. Sourav went in at a time when Ole Miss was on top. Along with Sudhir, they build up a good partnership till the 9th over. A mistimed shot by Sudhir cost him his wicket. Sudhir was playing good and gave a nice head start with a score of 25. Alok Singh came in to replace him and the team was in a tight situation. Some very good bowling by Dr.Shah and Prasad put the brakes on MSU scoring. Sourav was run out shortly and Hemant stepped in. He stroked the ball well but he went out by a faint nick and was caught by the Ole Miss wicket keeper. Ashish came to give some support as the pressure was mounting on Alok as runs were hard to come by and boundaries were dried up. Alok played well and score 25 runs before he was caught in the deep. Mouthgalya went in and the Dawgs needed 40 runs from 36 balls. Everyone was on their toes. Wickets were at hand but overs were less to come by. Some good knocks under pressure by Ashish relived some pressure off the MSU side. Mouthgalya once again showed his ability to run between the wickets and took runs at almost run a ball. The equation came down to run a ball and made both the sides bite their nails off. Ashish and Mouthgalya saw the team through with four balls to spare. Dawgs had to wait for couple of years to clinch this pending revenge but it was worth the wait. GO DAWGS!!!!