Sweet Victory at the Bullring
The Victoria Bushrangers were definitely pumped up after their victory against the Mumbai Indians yesterday, but then we RCB’ians were in no mood to let go. Win we did and how! Read on
Sitting in the President’s Box at the Wanderers with Team Analyst, Prasanna and watching the men in Red n Gold tide over men in Black, albeit the initial few hiccups, I couldn’t have asked for a better start to our campaign. Being an IT engineer, I’ve always been keen to know how the Hawk-Eye or the Hotspot works.
I was in for a treat watching Prasanna’s software (22 yards) that he has developed over the years. It considers an array of parameters like the opposition’s strengths and weaknesses and variations to come up with a detailed presentation that is used during team meetings. No wonder our players keep getting better after every match. More of that coming up in an ‘Analyst exclusive’ blog.
Batting first, the Bushrangers put up a good show with a commendable 100+ partnership by Andrew McDonald (69) and Mathew Wade(68). The way things were shaping up, it seemed that they’d get past 200. But a few economical spells later they were restricted to 179. Manish Pandey scored a brisk half century and things started looking good for the Challengers when Ross Taylor, in his attacking best, hit the Bushrangers all over the park. It got a little iffy when we lost Ross after a brilliant 66 off just 29 deliveries. Then it was time for our tailenders to come to the rescue. Akhil played the perfect finisher chipping in a crucial 27. And we pulled it off with an over and a delivery to spare. Yay! What a befitting reply to all the snide remarks that came our way yesterday.
We’ve got a long break till we play our first league match, till then I’ll keep you posted on all the off field action and snippets from the buzz surrounding the team and the tournament.
P.S.: We managed to pull this victory off without Dravid and Kallis. Now that talks a lot about our reserve pool. J