THE HEIST….

THE HEIST….

Wombats Dubai Super League 2016 – 17.
29th October 2016

Heist:

Definition:

noun

1.

a robbery or holdup:

Four men were involved in the armored car heist.

verb (used with object)

2.

to take unlawfully, especially in a robbery or holdup; steal:

to heist a million dollars’ worth of jewels.

3.

to rob or hold up.

That’s what the game was between Wombats Blacks and The Exiles in week 5 of Aqua Properties DSL. Wombats Blacks were skittled out for a paltry 153, unable to complete their allotted 25 overs. Wombats innings started disastrously when opener, Rehan Ali top edged an attempted pull off the bowling of Bosan who was bowling some serious deliveries. The opposition might have confused Muhammad Ali for a cat, that was evident when Muhammad Ali was dropped 4 times… some might say 5. Leaving only 4 or 5 more lives to live it out for the rest of the season. His luck/lives paid off and he made a mercurial 58 off 53 balls, lacing some excellent shots, with some, rather lucky ones! Hasnain, picked up from where he left off in the previous match and nonchalantly picked up 20 runs off 16 balls, before he was surprisingly caught, to his favourite shot, the sweep.

What happened next was a colossal collapse. Aashir, Tauseef and Omar Hayat, falling in quick succession. As the Exiles spinners swooped in to put a strangle hold on the Wombats Blacks formidable batting order. Leg spinners, Malik and Tariq bowling well in tandem. Nael, making his DSL debut for the Wombats Blacks, played a fantastic knock to bring some respectability to a poor batting performance. His 28 runs from 19 balls would prove to be pivotal. A fine knock by a fine young player. He was a bit ambitious getting out to a reverse sweep.

The innings break saw a flurry of muffled conversations, mostly over Whatsapp about how Wombats Blacks was staring down the barrel to their first defeat of the season. That however, was not the case in the dressing room. Brimming with confidence, the Blacks came steaming out and in the very first over Qadri pouched a fantastic catch to dismiss Nasir for a duck off the bowling of Aashir! Blacks made their intentions clear, they weren’t going to give this one up without a fight. What followed was a spectacular display of seam bowling and arguably one of the best opening bowling spells of DSL. Tight seam bowling and locking in the batsmen. Combined with the typical sledging one expects at DSL, all in good faith and sportsmanship, all be it, a bit crass. Tariq thumped a straight drive off Aashir to the boundary and blew a kiss towards Rehan Ali, standing at point… Rather strange counter sledge which only increased the volume of the Blacks fielders. A barrage of insults were flung across. Tariq, tried to muscle his way out of the pressure, only to be caught behind off Qadri. Suddenly, the momentum shifting with the Blacks. By the time Adams reached the crease, to make his debut with an agonizing 10 ball duck, the worry on the Exiles faces was evident. Adams, still trying to figure out what the sledging was all about on his way back to the dressing room. Haroon Ditta, the solid Exiles opener holding firm continued to play a solid knock, the beacon of hope for the Exiles. He played some exquisite shots, one particular shot a six over mid on off the bowling of Adeel Safvi was especially delicious, timed to perfection against the spin. His 64 off 65 balls was in vain.

As the spinners entered the game, the asking rate began to mount to over 8 runs an over. It was becoming a tall ask for the batsmen, tiring in the heat, to be able to compete for a below average total of 153. Leg spin twins Adnan Qaisar, who once again bowled a fantastic spell of world class quickish legspin and Adeel Safvi, the more classical of the two, blocked the flow of runs even further. Yet Ditta persevered on with a neat partnership with K Ali. However, no one could imagine what would happen next. Veteran left arm spinner of the Blacks, Daniyal Nazir, enter stage left! He bamboozled them with his wily spinning and fizzing deliveries. Toying with the batsmen with his beguiling flight variations. He sent down 4.1 overs of the most outstanding figures in this year’s Aqua Properties’ DSL, giving a mere 18 runs and taking 5 wickets! That’s right, 5 wickets! Game, set and match, Wombats Blacks… The Exiles all out for 134! What a match, what a heist!

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