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Warriors Triumph on Home Ground - 11/09/2017

Nitanti Alur

The Men in Yellow made their way back home with smiles on their faces after their first win against Bengaluru Blasters. The warriors felt like they were back where they belonged after a break of 2 years and were ready to take on all the challenges thrown at them.

Gangotiri Glades cricket ground had a special evening as Pramoda Devi Wadiyar attended the inauguration to unveil a portrait of the late Srikantadatta Narasimharaja Wadiyar. With all the celebrations done, it was time for the coin to be flipped; where the Warriors won the toss, and decided to bat first. Was this a good call by skipper Karun Nair as the dew on the field would keep increasing?

Skipper Karun Nair and the Men in Yellow answered all questions by having faith in each other and working as the perfect team. “Very happy and it was a team effort. They took it away from us during the middle overs, but our bowlers got us back in the game. I was just telling him (Vyshak Vijay Kumar) the areas to bowl and keeping him calm. I have been hitting the ball well and haven't been able to get the big scores. The team's done really well and hopefully we can come up with more wins.” He Added

The Warriors got off to a perfect start with Nair and Hoysala putting up a quick 31, with Karun Nair in particular looking ominous. Nair hit some beautiful boundaries and a six that went soaring into the crowds but unfortunately had to depart for 19. Hoysala got into his groove and sent HS Sharath’s deliveries over the fence.

With the Bulls fielding lacking a little and a few dropped catches; during the strategic time out they regrouped and came out onto the pitch with a new determination. The Warriors could see this determination ad struggled to keep a partnership going. The Bulls picked up wickets every over and put the Warriors under heavy pressure.

The need of the hour for the Warriors was a partnership and in Suneel and Suchith the two-composed batsman staged a recovery for the Warriors, unfortunatelythis recovery didn’t last long. Though their 39-run partnership made a difference, both the batsman fell short and were sent back to the dugout.

Manjunath SP, the man who is the known as the Warriors finisher came into the center next, but he too fell at the hands of Ronith More; allowing More to finish his overs with a brilliant 4 for 25. The Warriors struggled but put up a defendable total of 150.

The Bulls have a good team, but their playing eleven mostly comprised of mainly all-rounders and bowlers; and that was the Warriors’ strategy; pick up a few early wickets and then the game could be theirs. But things are never easy as they seem and that’s exactly what the Warriors faced when they came out onto the field.

The Men is Yellow picked up an early wicket sending the opener Taha back for just 3 runs in the 3rd over. Bharath NP came into the attack and sent both Chipli and M.G Naveen back to the pavilion in consecutive overs. With two new batsmen at the centre, it was Nidish and Dikshanshu who took things slow and got into the groove getting a 100-run partnership; the light was at the end of the tunnel for the Bulls and they were almost able to reach it.

After the 15th over, with almost all the Warriors bowler’s being sent over the fence, the Bulls needed 51 runs to take home a win. Dikshanshu turned aggressive and was striking the ball really well, and so was Nidish who soon found himself at 48. The required run rate reduced drastically and the bulls took advantage of this nail biting finish.

The game was not over, with two overs left and 15 runs to win off the penultimate over, anything could happen. Vyshak Vijaykumar was the star for the Warriors and changed the whole game by bowling 4 dot balls and taking a wicket in the 19th over giving away only 1 run. The Bulls needed 14 runs from 6 balls and the ball was in the hands of the birthday boy, Shreyas Gopal. The chase lost its sting and the Warriors took home their first win on home soil.

All credit to Vyshak Vijay Kumar who bowled a spectacular penultimate over; conceded only one run and consumed the key wicket of Nidish. “Karun told me to bowl short of length and I just did that. Bowling back of a length was my strength and I just went with that. This is the best franchise to be ever. The owners are very kind, and the facilities are the best. I'm very lucky to be in this team.” Added Vyshak.

The warriors stood strong and did not give into the pressure, the young bowlers played like professionals and the KPL saw that the Warriors work as a team. It was a nail biting finish like no other, where the standards for the KPL matches rose considerably. The packed stadium in Mysore saw a game fit for the royals.

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