Mysuru: District officials including the Deputy Commissioner and the City Police Commissioner donned a different role this morning with all of them padded up for a cricket encounter at the Srikanta Datta Narasimharaja Wadiyar (SDNRW) Ground at Manasagangothri.
Today being a second Saturday, officials made the most of their day-off competing against each other in a friendly T20 match between Deputy Commissioner’s XI and Police Commissioner’s XI. The Police team emerged victorious by one run in D/L method.
The match was inaugurated by IGP (Southern Range) Vipul Kumar by wielding a bat. Later, Deputy Commissioner D. Randeep and Police Commissioner Dr. A. Subramanyeshwara Rao introduced their respective teams to Vipul Kumar.
Vipul Kumar said that it was a good development to see the officials coming together to play a cricket match.
Later, DC D. Randeep said that the officials had a week-long practice specially for the match. He added that District Administration was thinking of organising more such matches.
Police Commissioner Subramanyeshwara Rao, who was padded-up to open the batting for his side, said it was good initiative taken by the officials to organise such a tournament and added that the officials can also talk about the upcoming events like Dasara before taking up the matter officially.
Deputy Commissioner’s XI: D. Randeep, G. Jagadeesha, Dr. K. Rameshwarappa, Sathish, Shivakumar, Prakash, Somashekar, Manjunath, Krishna Kumar, Ravi Kumar and Raju.
Police Commissioner’s XI: Dr. A. Subrahmanyeswara Rao, Dr. H.T. Shekar, Dr. Vikram V. Amathe, Anand, Praveen Alwa, Ravindra, Jayaprakash, Murthy, Harsha, Anil Kumar, Rajashekar and Anil.
The Police Commissioner’s XI won by a single run as per the Duckworth Lewis (D/L) Method. Chasing a target of 148 runs in 20 overs, the Deputy Commissioner’s team was 103 for 4 in 15.2 overs, requiring 47 runs in 28 balls, when the rain interrupted the match. Later, the umpires decided the match could not be held further and declared Police Commissioner’s team as winners.
MCC Commissioner G. Jagadeesha scored 35 runs for his team and he was followed by Shivakumar who scored 21 and DC D. Randeep with 9.
Earlier, winning the toss and electing to bowl first, the Deputy Commissioner’s XI restricted Police Commissioner’s XI to 148 for the loss of eight wickets in 20 overs. Harsha 39, Anand 30 and DCP Dr. H.T. Harsha 19 scored for Police Commissioner’s XI. Shivakumar shined by Deputy Commissioner’s XI picking up three wickets giving away 26 runs in four overs.
District Police Control Room Inspector Harsha was declared the Best Batsman of the match while Deputy Director (Agriculture) Shivakumar was declared as the Best Bowler.