On the second day of Eid, BAU’s center of attraction, after a long break since the last Eid, was again the ABC playground, where legendary The New Tornadoz (TNT) Boyz were head to head with the present generation, Bluster Boyz. The clash of the giants (okay, I exaggerated a bit!) first took place on the last Eid and becoming a source of great enjoyment by uniting all the old day’s superstars!
This was a follow up match to the last year’s 2-0 triumphant by the TNTz. The Bluster Boyz, desperate for revenge and showing it through their attitude and on the t-shirt’s back too, were ready to mark their spot and end of the TNT era. Humiliating, it was for them, the last two matches, where in the first one, they lost to a last-ball-six nail biting end and were blasted away in next match by Binoy bhai’s aggressive batting.
The pre-match mud throwing had already started in Facebook and thus, a great amount of tension,emotion and hype were building surrounding this match. Though the seniors-juniors maintain a healthy relationship, when it came to this match, no one was willing to give an inch of comfort to other.
The match’s fate was dangling till 12 pm because of the gloomy weather. But the eagerness of the most seniors and honorable guest players for TNT- Abul Bashar MD. Sharif, Scion Anjir, Arefin Samad khan and Maruf Abid made sure, the match commenced.
In the course of time, the ABC playground has changed a lot and it was a bit surprising for the seniors as they saw a cemented practice pitch in the rain drenched, muddy ABC field. Thanks to this, the match was being played.
Yours truly arrived a bit late, so he doesn’t know who won the toss as the TNTz were put on to bat first. The Bluster Boyz were planning on to blast away the TNT boyz using the over cast condition and their pace fire. But, the equally competitive openers of TNT, Nayan bhai and Maruf bhai, made sure that the TNT’s get a reasonable start. They fended the ball with their arms, legs and even dove in the muddy field trying to avoid being run out.
Couple of boundaries and two huge sixes from Nayan bhai, reminding of his old days, kept TNT on track, but catastrophe struck TNT on 6th over, as Mahmudul Haque Saunak bowled an excellent over taking three wickets – Maruf bhai was caught at deep, Olin bhai and Anjir bhai went for a first ball duck, not giving away a single run. Soon Nayan bhai departed being bowled. But not before they had made out the most of their opportunities. The old bones showed that they were still capable of reliving their memorable golden days!
In came Baten MD. Shabbir and Tauhid hossain, two hard hitting batsmen and original TNT members. They hung around for some overs and adter few moments, Tauhid bhai was removed being bowled by Navid Arefin Khan’s superb fast bowling and Shabbir bhai was unlucky as Junaid Anjum took a superb flying catch in the deep. Mutmain Musharraf bhai came and went too as the TNT found themselves in ruins.
Tanmoy Mahathir and Ahmed Jabeer, the hero of the last match and captain of TNT respectively, took control of the game. They played cautiously and with timely hit boundaries kept the scoreboard ticking. But, the Bluster Boyz struck back again at the end, by removing Sajib bhai and Anam MD. Noor bhai (again, a first ball duck!) and made sure that they did not go for too many runs in the last overs. They bowled the last two overs superbly conceding just 4 runs.
So, the Bluster Boyz were given a target of 87 runs off 90 balls to show their wrath.
In the mean time, the sun had already come out and the over cast condition, which gave advantage to the Bluster Boyz, wasn’t there anymore.
Junaid and Fahian Nobel started off cautiously as TNT made sure that no easy runs were given away. Anam bhai and Sajib bhai, the opening bowlers scrambled them for 13 runs of 4 overs and sementing their reputation as the most skilled bowlers of TNT again. Later, Maruf bhai came and showed his old self with the red cherry, bowling fast and accurate and removed Nobel by bowling him out.
Tauhid bhai’s younger brother, Tahmid Hossain, as stylish and aggressive as his elder brother, came and took the attack on the TNT bowlers. The absence from the field was showing on some bowlers of TNT as they strived for line and length. Tahmid and Junaid took the full advantage of it and hit some amazing and huge sixes.
But the TNT boyz weren’t ready to hand over their reign so easily. Shabbir bhai struck back with vital blows, surgically removing Tahmid and later bowling out Nafis Rezwan Mostafa (aka Zaky). Junaid was found short in his crease and the game was on as Bluster Boyz needed 9 off 15 balls.
But Sounak, hero with the ball earlier, decide it was his time to play the hero’s role and his shot for a four extinguished whatever hope the TNTz had left. The game entered the final over with Bluster Boyz needing 2 runs two taste the glory of the conquerors. And they did not take time as Sounak struck a single after a wide ball to take them home.
They celebrated, like the TNTz did last year, with a 2 liter Pepsi, showering each and every member with it. It was, after all, a toiled win for which they had been waiting for almost a year.
Prizes were given and more celebration took place, as the game ended on a high note. The match was never short in competitive mode or excitement. Emotion was flying high and time had decided to go back, as BAU saw its once thumping players stride all over the fields and screaming on top of their voices trying to cheer everyone, bridging the seniors and juniors through a cricket match. It is just the beginning of a saga, that won’t end.
TNT team :
Abul Bashar MD. Sharif [SSC- ‘98]
Scion Anjir [SSC- ‘98]
Arefin Samad Khan [SSC- ‘99]
Maruf Abid [SSC- ‘99]
Ishtiak Zico [ME,CUET, Audience]
Regular Players :
Ahmed Jabeer [Rajshahi Medical College, SSC-‘04]
Baten MD. Shabbir [ Barishal Medical College, SSC-‘04]
Anam MD. Noor [ACCA, SSC-‘04]
Tauhid Hossain [CSE,JU, SSC-‘04]
Mutmain Musharraf [SSC-‘04]
Tanmoy Mahathir [CSE, MIST, SSC-‘04]
Maruf Hasan Shanto (Didn’t play, Audience) [EEE, BUET, SSC-‘04]
Masrur Rumman (Didn’t play) [CSE, NSU, SSC-‘04]
Joy Murshed (Didn’t play) [IP, BUET, SSC-‘04]
Fahim Hossain (Didn’t play) [URP, BUET, SSC-‘04]
Rafat Pronoy (Didn’t play) [SSC-‘05]
Muhammad Refatul Haw (Didn’t play) [ME, KUET, SSC-‘04]
Ashif Ridwan [CIT, IUT, SSC-‘07]
Bluster Boyz Team :
Mahmudul Haque Sounak
Nafis Rezwan Mostafa
Navid Arefin Khan
N.B. All are currently enrolled at KBC, SSC ’10 batch
Match Officials :
Monmoy Tahmid Sadman [SSC-‘11]
Nil Sultan Zahin [SSC-‘11]