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ODD YEAR, 2019! MUMBAI INDIANS WIN THE IPL FINAL BY AN ODD RUN! AND WHAT IS EVEN MORE ODDER!

Duke Jeyaraj’s poem on the IPL 2019 final between Mumbai Indains (MI) and Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in Hyderabad on 12 May 2019

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The bowling of CSK in the powerplay overs did the batting first MI Opener Quinton de Kock did mercilessly maraud!

That’s when surprise package Shardul Thakur got his out and gave him a send-off that was roughshod!

Hardik Pandya’s helicopter six was so cleanly executed that even MS Dhoni behind the stumps must have muttered, “My God!”

When umpire Nitin Menon did not signal two clear off-side wides, Kieron Pollard dramatically felt he was one the umpire did defraud!

But he still kept his cool to hammer two boundaries off the MI Innings’ last two balls dissecting top-notch CSK fielders who were almost kissing each other, leaving everyone awed!

Though Rahul Chahar and Jasprit Bumrah applied the breaks on CSK batsmen in their 150 run chase, the MI fielding was seriously slipshod!

When Shane Watson combined big hitting with his blocking having enjoyed three lives, CSK, back into the match, surely clawed!

Dhoni was narrowly adjusted runout by the out-of-the-field umpire Nigel LLong after he repeated viewed TV replays – the best available but inconclusive “measuring rod”!

Watson’s confused call for a two in the final over so that he could get back to strike when his team needed 5 runs off 3 balls, was clearly flawed!

As in the last ball, Lasith Malinga’s stump-directed slow yorker missed Shardul Thakur’s bat so broad!

The Mumbai Indians screamed for leg-before and got umpire Nitin Menon’s immediate nod!

And Mumbai Indians won by 1 run,  the “best ever IPL final”,  which was watched by fans worldover on the edge of their seats from Rayalaseema to Riyadh!

As Rohit Sharma kissed his fourth IPL Trophy as Captain and fifth as a player, photographers from world over kept clicking, kicking away their tripod!

Interestingly, the Mumbai Indians have now won the IPL now in 2013, 2015, 2017 and 2019 – all years being odd!

But do you know what is even more odd?

That God-in-flesh Jesus would love us sinners so seriously flawed!

That Jesus loves us just the way we are – even if our profession happens to be that of a bawd!*

That he would offer on the Cross as a sacrifice for our sins, his sinless “bod”!

And those who refuse to repent and trust Jesus, on his shed blood, they, in-effect, trod!

What’s more –  each one of us reading this must choose if Jesus is liar, lunatic or Lord!

(* bawd – a woman who engages in sexual intercourse for money).

(Duke Jeyaraj is the founder of Grabbing the Google Generation from Gehenna Mission, the G4 Mission. Find out more at www.dukev.org. Read presentations like this on www.purposespot.blogspot.com. Watch Duke at www.youtube.com/visitduke).

By dukewords

Duke Jeyaraj was born to missionary parents in Vellore, South India and was saved at the age of 11 and committed for ministry and received the Holy Spirit Baptism at the age of 13. God opened the door for him to preach first as a school boy at the age of 16. He is a trained Agricultural Engineer [B. Tech from SHIATS, Allahabad, India], who did not pursue a career in the line of his education but nevertheless enjoys growing cacti in the balcony of his rented Chennai flat, during his spare time! He could have been a sports commentator but prefers to wrap Bible Truth around sports magic moments and other interesting-to-Google Genners contemporary events. God’s call upon him made him utterly restless and he obeyed that call to by founding the Grabbing the Google Generation from Gehenna Mission (G4 Mission) in 2006 to finally find serenity after having served as a International Bank Customer Service Executive/Youth Pastor/Bible College Teacher/Missionary/Youth Mag Editor. G4 Mission is not a church but an inter-denominational ministry to present-day people, a ministry which Duke works full time for, as an itinerant presenter/preacher/writer-at-residence since 2008 along with his wife, putting to use the formal theological training he received from Southern Asia Bible College in Bangalore-India [M. Div - a Gold Medal performance in 2001 & Doctor of Ministry - with project on Making Disciples of Modern Young Working Professionals Among India's Google Generation, World-wide]. Several Christian publications have carried Duke's articles over the years and at present Aim Magazine (the voice of  the Evangelical Fellowship of India an umbrella body of over 65,000 Indian churches/organisations), regularly carries Duke's writings. Duke's Bible-teaching book on Sex, Love, Marriage, Porn and more called, Straight Talk, is presently available on Amazon and Google Books.  Duke has preached by invitation beyond his national borders (we are talking about nations such as Bangladesh, Singapore, Germany, Nepal and the United Arab Emirates). Duke is called a 'Reverend' by a leading denomination (even as his ministry remains indepedent and inter-church).  Duke is called ‘dad’ by Dale (now a St. Stephen's Delhi student) and Datasha (now in Class 9) and ‘hubby’ by Evangelin (the daughter of a missionary couple to Odisha who is a hospital admin grad currently studying M. A. in Biblical Studies with SAIACS Bangalore) and calls Chennai, India, his current home after living in Hyderabad till June 2021. In case your curiosity is triggered by hearing all this, you may checkout www.dukewords.com [if you are the reading plain text type], www.soundcloud.com/shoutaloud [if you are part of the audio-listening tribe] and www.youtube.com/visitduke [if you group yourself with the video-steaming generation])

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