[edit] Last ball thriller at Andy's Grill Vibha Super-16 Challenge

Vibha Atlanta Team

Atlanta, GA: Why is it that Vibha Cricket produces last-ball thrillers, year after year, tournament after tournament? Is it the Never-say-Never attitude of some players or the nerve-racking pressure taking its toll on the others? How does one explain the last over requiring 20 runs quickly turning into just one boundary being required off the last ball? After bringing it to a cliffhanger like that, how could the Chattanooga team fall short by one run? Just one run?

We can not explain this madness. All we can do is to enjoy the excitement and want more of it next year !

The Invincibles Pyramid team, after being very close to winning the championship over the last few years, finally enjoyed the sweet taste of success. This was the result of a firm belief in their own strength and a great effort by the aging warriors - Saibal Ghosal, Rahul Ray and Prabir Das - in building and nurturing this team to a final victory that was much delayed! They have been extremely consistent over the years, so this victory was just waiting to happen.

For the Chattanooga team, runners-up from the previous tournament and the team that always displays the best sporting spirit on and off the field, it was one more year, one more tournament, one more finals, and the ever-elusive cup. Our hearts go out to you Radha Thalaimalai, Bali Subramanian, Bindu Madhav, Ravi Bachala, Uma Mahesh - you are the true ambassadors of this great game.

The best match of the tournament was undeniably the final between these two great teams. Batting first, Rahul Ray led the attack and scored 41 with 4 Sixes, and with the support of Ajay Kaimal (21) who scored a brilliant 58 in their semi-final victory, took the Invincibles to a respectable score of 95 for 5. Chattanooga started steadily and scored 56 at the end of seven overs. Requiring 39 runs from 3 overs, with Bali on strike, they scored 12 runs off the eighth over. Then with some great bowling, Prabir restricted them to just 7 runs in the penultimate over, setting the stage for 20 runs required off 6 balls. Bali put Azim under pressure, resulting in 3 wide-balls, and then heaved a huge six, bringing the game to an absolute nail-biting finish with a boundary required off the last ball. Bali hit it hard to the mid-on area and ran for two ¦the fielder collected it cleanly and threw it back to the keeper ¦the keeper hit the stumps ¦the umpire said not-out ¦the batsmen went for an overthrow ¦. and the drama ended right there. A final difference of just one run!

The Andy s Grill Vibha Super-16 challenge was full of excitement, from start to finish. Sixteen teams that were invited from the very best of the recently concluded FutureTech Vibha Cricket Cup battled it out for supremacy once again. The initial rounds were organized in a round-robin format. Several teams were so close in their relative strength that the winners of two pools had to be decided by Net-Run-Rate. What is special about this tournament is that the players, rather than Vibha volunteers, conceived this format. This shows the spirit of the cricket loving enthusiasts in Atlanta and their un-ending support to Vibha and the cause of underprivileged children in India. Vibha made a lasting impact amongst the cricket enthusiasts of Atlanta with the hosting of the annual cricket championship in May and now the Super 16 Challenge. The tireless and selfless volunteers of Vibha have created a unique brand and an icon of pride and recognition , said Saibal Ghosal, the captain of the Invincibles.

The Man of the Tournament was awarded to Gagan of Team India (5 Wickets & a brilliant match-winning innings of 54). The Best Batsman award went to Shyam of Alpharetta Monsters who scored110 Runs (54 NO & 56 NO). The Best Bowler was awarded to Ajay of Alpharetta Monsters who took 8 Wickets from 4 matches. The Man of the Match for the Finals was given to Bali, for his valiant effort with the bat (32 runs) and the ball (3-0-22-2).

Vibha volunteers thank all the players and the umpires who helped make this tournament a huge success. Special thanks to Mr. Gurva Reddy of Andy's Indian Grill, and Mr Sravan Vellanki of FutureTech for sponsoring this event. The resources raised from this event will be used to support child development projects in India. For a complete list of all the projects currently supported by Vibha, please visit

The next major fund-raiser by Vibha is the 7th Annual Vibha 5K Walk/Run to be held on the 17th Street Yellow Bridge in downtown Atlanta on September 24th. For more details, please visit See you there!

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[edit] Recent Events

Volunteer Meeting - June 12th, 2016 Sunday 2:00 to 4:00PM OCEE Library

Volunteer Meeting - April 2nd, 2016 , Saturday 2:00 to 4:00PM Sharon Forks Library, 2820 Old Atlanta Road, Cumming 20041 GA

Vibha Cricket Cup 2016, April 16th

Volunteer Meeting - May 14th, 2016 , Saturday 3:00 to 5:00PM Sharon Forks Library, 2820 Old Atlanta Road, Cumming 20041 GA

Volunteer Meeting - Oct 10th, 2015 Saturday 2:00 to 4:00PM OCEE Library

Dream Mile 2015 - Sept 19th

Foster Care Volunteering, August 1, 2015

Volunteer Meeting - July 11th, Saturday 2:00 to 4:00PM

Volunteer Meeting - June 7th, Sunday 2:00 to 4:00PM, Johns Creek Fire Station No. 62

Vibha Cricket 2015 - April 2015

Youth Volunteer Meeting - April 26th, Sunday 12 to 2PM, Shakerag Firestation (Near Shakerag Elementary)

Vibha Chess 2015 - February 7th 2015

Volunteer Meeting - February 14th, 2015 - 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm @ OCEE Library

Vibha Table Tennis 2015 - February 28th 2015

Volunteer Meeting - January 10th, 2015 - 2:30 pm @ OCEE Library

Local Volunteering @CRN Gift Wrapping, December 20th 2014

Volunteer Meeting - December 6th 2014

Dream Mile 2014 - Sept 20th

Vibha Cricket 2014

Dream Play 2014

Dream Mile 2013

FutureTech Vibha Cricket Cup 2013

Dream Play 2013 - February 16th, 2013

Paramount Software Dream Mile 2012

FutureTech Cricket Cup 2012

Dream Play 2012 (Khel Mela) - March 24th, 2012

Hands-On Volunteering - Dec. 18th, 2011

Paramount Software Dream Mile 2011 - Oct 1st

Vibha Open - Tennis Tournament - Aug 20th

Krishna Kanhaiya - June 19th

FutureTech Vibha Cricket Cup 2011

Vibe - March 5th 2011

Past Events

[edit] In the Press

Cricket and Service: A Perfect Duo

FutureTech commits $50K in the next 5 years to Vibha Cricket Cup

K-MACS Dream Play 2012

FutureTech Vibha Cricket Cup 2011 - Khabar (July 2011)

International Dance Festival raises funds for children’s causes! - Khabar (February 2011)

12th Annual Dream Mile - Khabar (October 2010)

FutureTech Vibha Cricket Cup 2010 - Khabar (July 2010)

11th Annual Dream Mile - Khabar (October 2009)

Pyramid Consulting Super16 (July 2009)

FutureTech Vibha Cricket Cup 2009 - Khabar (June 2009)

Sanket Systems Khel Mela 2009 - Khabar (May 2009)

Older Press Releases

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