A Cricket Match
Essay No. 01
I had often wondered why cricket is called a religion in our country. I found my answer the day I saw a live match at the Wankhede stadium.
As I reached the stadium I could feel a buzz around the place. Soon, we were seated and the match got underway. I craned my neck to get a good look at all the players I had admired over the years. South Africa got off to a good start. With every wicket that fell, there was a deafening roar in the stadium. Placards went up and flags were waved hysterically.
The Indian team came in to chase the score. The crowds were on their feet as Sachin Tendulkar came in to bat. As he scored run after run, the applause became louder and reached a crescendo as he reached a century. However, he was bowled out on the very next ball. At that moment, you could have heard a pin drop in the silence that fell upon the stadium.
The match was coming to a close and India still needed six runs on the last ball to win. I could feel my heart thumping loudly. Would we come so close and lose the match? I am sure every person in the stadium was praying along with me at that moment. As the last ball was bowled, Anil Kumble stepped out of the crease and lofted it over the stadium. I watched with baled breath as the ball covered the ground and landed over the boundary rope. The whole stadium erupted with joy.
Even if you have watched innumerable matches on television, nothing can prepare you for the thrill of watching India win a cricket match live!
A Cricket Match
Essay No. 02
Cricket is a popular game in our school. Many students play it while others enjoy seeing it. Our Principal is a great cricket enthusiast. We often play and practice cricket. We have a large playground.
The other day a very interesting cricket match was held in our playground. It was a One-Day Limited over Match. It was played between the team of Hindu School and Our School team.
We reached the school early that day. The match started at 9 a.m. The Hindu School team also arrived in time. The two Umpires entered the ground. They were followed by the two Captains. There was a toss of a coin. We won the toss and elected to bat first. The players began to warm up. They stretched and jumped.
Our openers went to bat. They were loudly cheered. There was a crowd of about 800 people. They made a good start. But then Sudip was out when the score was 20. He scored 12 runs. Bhola walked in. He played some good strokes and scored steadily. Uttam was caught behind the wicket. He was dismissed for 18 runs. Then came in our captain Tapan. He is an all-rounder. He scored 30 runs before he was declared LBW. It included six and two fours. Later Saurav played well and scored 25 runs. It helped our side to reach 120 runs for eight in the allotted 30 overs.
After lunch, the Hindu School Team started bating. Their opening batsmen played intelligently. They scored slowly and steadily. But their middle-order batsmen could not face our attack. They were soon out after another. They made 70 runs in 25 overs and gave away five wickets.
Their tail-enders played boldly. But then they were all out for 105 runs. We beat them by 15 runs. I took their three valuable wickets.