Dalcha v/s Hawks. Aug 1 2009. Final.

After 3 weeks of thrilling and exciting games, it's the Hawks who won the CPL trophy. Like any other league game, this match was no different and the Hawks had to work hard to win the finals as the Dalcha's pushed them to the limit. We witnessed Ujwal's semi final performance which was unbelievable and in the finals, it was his counterpart Sagar, who performed brilliantly, to lead the Hawks to a famous victory.

The Hawks started with Sashi and Bhavin. Binnoy opened the bowling and gave only 5 runs of the first over. Sashi got out going for a big shot and Vinay joined Bhavin at the crease. Bhavin hit a six and four of consecutive balls and Hawks were looking good again with 16 for 1 after 2 overs. Vinay who played brilliantly in the semi final, couldnt get it going as He was not given any room by some fiery bowling from Binnoy. Kareem bowled well in the next over and got another wicket, this time of Vinay who made 5. Ujwal brought himself into the attack and got the prize wicket of Bhavin on the very first ball. The Hawks were in deep trouble under tough conditions and some smart bowling by the Dalchas. Captain Sagar joined Sirish in the middle and both started to rotate the strike well. Sagar stepped up on a day when his team needed the most. He hit 2 big straight sixes and 2 fours and suddenly the Hawks were flying high again. Sagar made an impressive 25 and was well supported by Sirish. So the Hawks finished with a decent total of 70, atleast 10 more than what it looked like when Dalcha were on the top. Kareem was pick of the bowlers for the Dalcha taking 3 wickets.

The Dalcha had become smarter team as the tournament progressed and they showed that initially in their run chase. Harsha and Manvesh started cautiously and made sure they got run a ball. The Dalcha were 12 for no loss at end of 2 overs. Manvesh was first to go as He was run out for 5. Ashish joined the party at the right time and hit a big six over mid wicket. He followed that with another four and the Dalchas were taking the game away from the Hawks. The Dalcha's were 30 for 1 after 4 overs and looked all set for a victory with classy Harsha and powerful Ashish looking in control of the run chase. Sagar bowled the 5th over and what turned out to be the game winner. He took 2 wickets and gave only 1 run as the Dalcha's were 31 for 3 after 5 overs. Ashish made 14. Ujwal joined Harsha and took singles easily. Harsha hit two timely fours and once again the Dalcha's were breathing again. They were now 41 for 3 after 6 overs. Sagar bowled the 7th over and got the big wicket of Harsha, who top scored for the Dalcha with 15 runs. At the end of the 7th over, Dalcha were 44 for 4. 21 were needed now of the last 3 overs. The 8th over resulted in 9 runs and Dalcha neeed 18 of the last 2 overs. When Ujwal got out to the bowling of Mathew Hoggard Pavan, the game slipped away from the Dalcha's. Pavan gave only 2 runs in the 9th over and took 2 wickets in what was an amazing bowling performance. Dalcha needed 16 in the last over and they got only 1 run as they finished on 56 for the loss of 8 wickets giving the Hawks, the CPL championship.

A great performance from both the teams under tough conditions. The game was played with good spirit and it was a pleasure to witness good sportsmanship from both the teams. The Dalcha got stronger and better as the tournament progressed. The Hawks on the other hand came up with close finishes, one after another, and showed they have strong batting and bowling, which is matched perfectly with their fielding.

It has been a pleasure to write about the amazing talent we have here in Chattanooga. We have seen some brilliant displays equally matched with some classy sportsmanship and friendliness. I would like to say thank you for taking the time to read the bulletins and for your feedback. Before I end this and before I forget, I have one final thing to say. I want to thank you all for such an overwhelming response and reception you gave me at the presentation ceremony. I was speechless and it was out of the world feeling . Thank you all and thank you Bindu for that big whistle of yours. I enjoyed it very much.


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