Blazers v/s Hawks. Aug 1 2009. Semi Final 2.

Who is the man, you ask and I say, Bhavin. Fantastic, Amazing, and Brilliant, at his best; He has performed in every game and He didnt dissapoint his team in the Semi Final against Blazers. He stood tall again and his innings along with Vinays power hitting, made the difference to the game. Before I go into the match details, one more thing, I would like to add. For some reason, I forgot to give credit to star batsman Vinay, for his beautiful innings on the opening day when He scored 30 plus. When I wrote Preview for Semi Final 2, I wrote about him as one of the danger batsman to watch out for and also updated the bulletin page for that game.

The Blazers won the toss and elected to field first, which I guess most captains did in CPL and won 90% of the games. So nothing wrong with that. Sashi and Bhavin opened the innings and Ravi Bachala bowled the first over. He gave only 8 runs and it was a decent start. The Hawks started carefully and by end of 4, they were 36 for 1, with Sashi gone for 10. In came the dangerous hitting batsman Vinay. The very first over He faced, He blasted 2 sixes and 2 fours as 22 runs came of the 5th over. So from 36 in 4, Hawks were 58 at the end of 5 overs. Vinay got out going for another big hit but not until He had made a quick fire 21 of just 6 balls. Bhavin continued where Vinay had left and in the 6th over, He hit 2 big sixes over mid wicket region. In the next over, He hit 2 more sixes, this time over squre leg and the Hawks were on the top with 98 after just 7 overs. Some more big hits and good support from Pranav and Abhilash who scored 7 each, took the Hawks to the highest total of the tournament, 127. Bhavin top scored for the Hawks with 64 not out. An innings of sheer brilliance and class, as He dominated the bowlers at will. He hit 7 sixes and 2 fours and ended up with tournament record of maximum sixes in an innings.

The Blazers started with the dynamic duo of Manohar and Ramesh. Manohar started the innings with a big six over square leg, sending a message, that this game is up for grabs. He followed the six with a four and the game was wide open. 15 runs came of the first over and the Blazers had started with a thunder. But some disciplined bowling by Hawks resulted in only singles and twos. The batsmen tried to go for their shots because of the huge total they were chasing. The Blazers lost wickets regularly in the process and could not catch up with the ever increasing run rate. Manohar top scored for the Blazers with 13, followed by Sunil, who made 12. In the end, the total of 127 was too much of a task. The Hawks ended up winning this game easily. Pavan was the pick of the bowlers as He took 4 wickets.

The Blazers had one bad day at the office and that meant advantage Hawks. Just like how South Africa and Sri Lanka lost only 1 game in the whole T20 World Cup, the Blazers found themselves in the same situation. Things didnt go well from the beginning and it was an off day for them. The Hawks on the other hand went from strength to strength and came up with a victory to reach the finals.

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