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DB Friendly Cricket Match

The headline should make it clear but if it still doesn't, this article is on something far from a big bag. It's about a day when DB colleagues had a day out in the field and celebrated the day with a friendly cricket match. Here in DB, although we have such sports day's regularly every month, on December 4th, we were privileged to have a celebrity presence as well to add colors to our fun day. Former Sri Lankan cricket team captain Ravi Ratnayeke, who is now working closely with us through his current employer Amcor Flexibles, was here to enjoy the game as a spectator and was the Chief Guest in the Prize giving ceremony. Along with him, David Bryce from the Amcor team was also present. Ravi and David were at DB for a business visit, but we nicely coincided their presence with this match.

Speaking of the game itself, the ground was specially decorated with flags and music system was arranged to entertain the spectators.

The match was hosted at the DB sports ground adjacent to the factory site at 3.00 pm and was played between the Officers' XI and Supervisors Xi. The toss was won by the Officers' XI and their captain Turjo decided to bat first.

Tanvir and Rabbani opened the batting for the Officer's XI and gave the team a solid start until Rabbani got himself run out for 11 runs. Raihan Bin Younus was the next man to step in with the bat and showed what he is capable of by hitting a powerful boundary in the first ball he faced. Unfortunately, his brisk innings was cut short by a superb delivery from the opponent bowler. Next in was Raihan Kabir, who was responsible for DB QC previously. That speaks of his love for the game and also for DB. Raihan was going great guns with his bat hitting big sixes all around the park and kept the scorecard moving. Meanwhile, Tanvir got himself out for the score of 9 and was back to the dressing room. Raihan, however was in no mood of stopping and tore apart the opponent bowling before he also got out for the score of 37, the highest in the Officer's XI innings. The later players following could spend very little time in the ground due to some good bowling from the opponents. The Officers' XI score ended at 94 for the loss of 8 wickets from their allotted 10 overs of play.

The Supervisors' XI made a solid start but found it very difficult to score runs at the required rate to win the game. Bowlers of the Officers' XI maintained a tight line and length, and did not allow the opponents to score readily. But the game swung dramatically in favor of the Supervisors' XI when Turjo, the captain had a very expensive over. The vocal and active spectators were treated to a nail-biting end to the match. The Supervisors' XI were left with the equation of needing 19 runs of last 6 balls with Mukul Sarkar, their best player of the match, with the bat. He needed to do something heroic but excellent bowling from Rabbani did not allow the Supervisors' XI to get away with a win. In the end they fell short of 11 runs and the Officers' XI won the match.

The winning team rejoiced as they should and then it was the time for the prize giving away. The Champion's trophy was handed over by Ravi to the winning captain Turjo. Before that, Mumit gave away medals to all participating players and thanked them for their participation.

A special crest was handed over to Ravi and David for their presence and appreciation.

The evening had already arrived, yet the players were found busy posing with the trophy. Well, you don't win a Champions trophy every day!

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