New Delhi: Rohan Gavaskar called them the 12th man of the Jamia Millia team. The capacity crowd -- one even perched himself precariously on top of a tree -- that turned up at the Jamia sports complex got their enthusiasm's worth when their team clinched a low-scoring contest against Madras University on Wednesday night.
Jamia used their home conditions to the hilt and skipper Parveen Yadav wasn't surprised that they defended 139 for five against a team that had decent batsmen in their ranks. "I was surprised that Madras asked us to bat first. We have played several matches on this wicket and I knew 140 would be difficult to chase," Yadav said after his team's 12-run win.
"Our plan was to bat first and the Madras captain helped us do that. They misread the wicket because we knew it would play slow and low in the second half. So once again everything went as per our plans," Yadav said after Jamia's second win in as many games.
Madras skipper Avaikkarasan Sekar was a disappointed man. "Our middle order let us down and I got out at the wrong time. We should have been able to chase the target," he said.
Sekar felt Ganga Sridhar's 53 off 59 balls may look good on paper but it didn't serve the team's purpose. "Considering the fact we lost by 12 runs, Sridhar should have got a few more boundaries. He played too many singles. But all credit to the Jamia bowlers," the Madras captain said.