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Secret to judges’ big-hitting, ‘howzzat’ moments — snapshots from Bar vs Bench cricket match

Lawyers of Supreme Court Bar Association & a group of mostly SC judges took part in an annual friendly cricket match Sunday. ThePrint's Praveen Jain was there to catch the action.

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New Delhi: As the balmy Sunday morning gave way to an increasingly hot day, lawyers of the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) and a group of mostly Supreme Court judges were engaged in a clash far removed from their usual court battle.

Here, in the annual friendly T-20 cricket match, played at Modern School Barakhamba Road Sunday, it was their bats that argued their case.

The match was inaugurated by Chief Justice of India N.V. Ramana, who though he did not play the match, hit three balls to kick off the game. These were, however, not part of the actual overs.

The toss was won by the CJI XI, who opted to bat and put up an impressive score of 160 runs for four wickets in 20 overs. The team was captained by Justice L. Nageswara Rao.

The lawyers (SCBA), captained by a senior advocate Vikas Singh, failed to match the score and were all out for only 88 runs in 12.4 overs.

The player of the match was N. Anand Venkatesh, who scored 34 runs and took three wickets, helping the judges score a 72-run victory over the lawyers.

ThePrint brings glimpses of the on-ground action.

CJI -Xl player Justice Shripathi Ravindra Bhat (centre) warms up before the match, with others of his team | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
CJI -Xl player Justice Shripathi Ravindra Bhat (centre) warms up before the match, with others of his team | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Players of CJI -Xl side warm up before the game begins | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Players of CJI -Xl side warm up before the game begins | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Players of the CJI -Xl warming up at the grounds of the Modern School, Barakhamba Road, New Delhi | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Players of the CJI -Xl warming up at the grounds of the Modern School, Barakhamba Road, New Delhi | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Chief Justice of India N.V. Ramana padding up before inaugurating the match | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Chief Justice of India N.V. Ramana padding up before inaugurating the match | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Chief Justice of India N.V. Ramana inaugurates the match | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Chief Justice of India N.V. Ramana inaugurates the match | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Left to Right: Justice L. Nageswara Rao, Chief Justice of India N.V. Ramana, Justice Vineet Saran, Justice M. M. Sundresh, and Justice C. T. Ravi Kumar getting ready for the match | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Left to Right: Justice L. Nageswara Rao, Chief Justice of India N.V. Ramana, Justice Vineet Saran, Justice M. M. Sundresh, and Justice C. T. Ravi Kumar getting ready for the match | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Chief Justice of India N.V. Ramana along with his team | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Chief Justice of India N.V. Ramana along with his team | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
CJI - Xl players in a jubilant mood after taking a wicket | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
CJI – Xl players in a jubilant mood after taking a wicket | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Justice P. S. Narasimha jumps excitedly as a wicket of the rival side falls | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Justice P. S. Narasimha jumps excitedly as a wicket of the rival side falls | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Justice Shripathi Ravindra Bhat, with Justice M. M. Sundresh, leave the field after the 1st innings | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Justice Shripathi Ravindra Bhat, with Justice M. M. Sundresh, leave the field after the 1st innings | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Justice L. Nageswara Rao and Justice M. M. Sundresh cheer for their team | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Justice L. Nageswara Rao and Justice M. M. Sundresh cheer for their team | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Chief Justice of India N.V. Ramana surrounded by players of the women lawyers' cricket team at Modern School, Barakhamba Road | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Chief Justice of India N.V. Ramana surrounded by players of the women lawyers’ cricket team at Modern School, Barakhamba Road | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Players of the women lawyers' cricket team pose with trophies | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Players of the women lawyers’ cricket team pose with trophies | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Chief Justice of India N.V. Ramana in a jubilant mood after his team won the match | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Chief Justice of India N.V. Ramana in a jubilant mood after his team won the match | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Supreme Court judges celebrate after winning the match | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Supreme Court judges celebrate after winning the match | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint

Also read: In friendly Bar vs Bench showdown on cricket field, judges trounce lawyers by 72 runs


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