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Wednesday, August 24, 2011




Last winter, I happened to see a cricket match in Lahore. The match was played between the Indian and the Pakistani teams. The match was played at the Qaddafi Stadium, Lahore.


Every game has its plus points. If fosters discipline, duty, team-spirit, cooperation and a sportsman spirit. Some of the Indian players and Pakistani players are very well known


Cricket is quite an interesting game. It is played between two team of 11 members each side. It is played on a flat, smooth and clean ground. Cricket requires two set of stumps bat and ball, the distance between the two set of wickets is 22 yards. The bowlers take their turns after every six ball. In this game, good fielding is also necessary for victory. Before the game starts, there is the toss. It is the choice of the toss wining captain to first of for batting or fielding. The fielding party puts three fieldsmen on the on side, six on the off side, while one is posted for guarding the wickets and one for the bowling. The game is generally played for seven hours in a day. The umpire is the final judge. He is the man who declares the players 'out' whether they are run out, bowled out, caught out, stumped out or le-before-wicket out.


The match that I witnessed was really very interesting. There was a huge gathering at the Qaddafi stadium grounds. India's leading cricketers were playing in the match. I saw the fine game of Tendulkar, and Imran Khan. They hit many boundaries, while Dravid and Javaid Mian Dad were playing very carefully. But soon Tendulkar was out. He was replaced by Laxman, who made 50 runs in 76 minutes while Ganguly made 66 runs in 70 minutes. Soon there was break for lunch. The Indian team made 219 runs for three wicket before lunch.


The Pakistani players started bowling with fire after lunch. Imran khan bowled very fast and he clean bowled Sehwag. He was replaced by Yuvrah Singh, who hit three sixers. There was a tremendous cheer from the spectators. There was great excitement among the spectators as well as the players. Everyone was in high spirits. Yuvraj Singh played will the end and went on to score a century. The umpire gave a long whistle and the game ended for the day.


The spectators dispersed. Some of the cricket fans were patting Yuvarah sings for his brilliant performance. Soon the crown fizzled out and we came back home. It was a thrilling match for me.