Ben Cutting faces the ball at JD Hi Street Mall in Ranchi on Monday. (Hardeep Singh)
He came. He bowled. And, he sent a Rajasthan Royals all-rounder back to pavilion.
Meet Zeeshan Kaif, a college student, who clean bowled Stuart Binny on his very first delivery to pocket the Kingfisher Premium Bowl Out jackpot of Rs 50,000 in Ranchi on Monday.
The fun prelim, to Tuesday’s high-octane IPL 7 clash against Chennai Super Kings at the JSCA International Stadium Complex in Dhurwa, was hosted at JD Hi Street Mall on Main Road.
Fifteen persons, all above 18, were allowed three deliveries each to one of the three Rajasthan Royals players — Australian pacer Ben Cutting, youngest among equals Sanju Samson who is a T20-bred teenager from Kerala and Test great Roger Binny’s son Stuart. While 11 of the bowlers were selected by draw of lots or online contest earlier, the rest four were given wild card entry by judging their skills on the spot.
As the fetching cheerleaders waved pompoms and matched steps with recorded music, Samson — known for his dramatic batting dexterity — faced bowlers first, followed by Cutting and Binny Junior.
None of the first 10 bowlers could deliver success. In the 11th three-ball over, Rahul Ranjan managed to take out Binny in his third delivery. But when Kaif, the lucky 13th bowler, dismissed Binny in his first delivery, the 200-odd mall spectators roared hurrah.
While his canvas ball feat won Kaif the grand prize, Rahul, Anurag Anand and Subham Sagar bagged Rs 10,000 each.
Both Anurag and Shubham had ousted Samson either in their second or third delivery.
The Kingfisher Group has arranged 10 bowl out events in eight cities and Ranchi was the fourth in the series after Mumbai, Delhi and Bhubaneswar, informed a member of the event management team.
“It was definitely great fun, but I felt the RR players deliberately gave in to the bowlers at the fag end to encourage them,” said Sanjay Singh, a mall visitor.
“It was pure fun. Ranchi has good bowlers,” Binny countered with a smile.
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