RCB vs DC: Champions League Ahoy!
RCB qualify for the Champions League in a dull game even as a left arm spinning RCBian mesmerises on debut and a fun, nosy camera introduces some exciting new angles to the television coverage.
Anil Kumble. In what could possibly be his last match for RCB, the captain signed off with a match winning 4-16 from four overs, with the slider baffling the batsmen no end. Ask Dwayne Smith and Ryan Harris.
If I could, I would..
Have RCB bat first, pile on a big score and then skittle DC out. Atleast one innings would have been worth watching.
The spider cam, a roving piece of TV equipment that was moved around the stadium like a trapeze artist, scanning crowds, dropping down to the players heads to say hi, and hovering over the pitch to see what pleasantries the batsman and bowler might be exchanging. Franchise owners might be tempted to increase the 'on-ground accidents' insurance cover for their players, but the angles sure looked like fun.
Spell of the day
At breakfast, Nayan Doshi had no clue he would be making his IPL debut in a Champions-League-berth-at-stake match. But the classical left arm spinner responded to the opportunity in glee, bowling fourteen dot balls in a mesmerising four overs. He looped and spun, flighting plenty on middle stump. It was a joy to watch, and Dilip Doshi, who was watching from the stands, approved too, while mentioning how Nayan's business acumen helps his cricket stay sharp. He certainly had his ideas in place last night.
Thanda couldn't have been more appropriate. Agreed, 3rd place matches aren't top on priority lists, but the half-empty stadium made me wonder why the ticket website would show 'sold out' a day prior. In any case, they didn't miss much.
An unworthy finish to what has been an exciting couple of matches between the sides this year. With a Champions League berth in hand and a record to boot though, it couldn't have been a better consolation gift for us. B