The feeling of triumph
RCB's stellar effort to put them at the top of the Net Run Rate table won them many fans on Monday night.
The elation of the Royal Challengers Bangalore went beyond bounds. When you cling onto hope and do your best, the future is easily better. Heard of the famous golfer who was accused of being lucky, to which he replied “Yes, the harder I try, the luckier I get.”
Monday night was the chance for the Royal Challengers Bangalore to either try fully or risk losing their foothold. They calculated correctly. Now would be the moment and Somerset Cricket Club would have to be the unfortunate team. Chris lent his entire support to the campaign even though he was dropped early on. A case of making his own luck? Probably yes. A closer observation of Chris would have showed that he was prepared to play down the unhittable balls. A few tickles here and there sent the tone.
The batting ‘show’ at the Chinnaswamy Stadium reminded fans of the IPL, not merely for Chris’s incredible sixes but the way Virat Kohli, Saurabh Tiwary, Arun Karthik and Mayank Agrawal supported the effort by not trying to outmatch the big man. Agarawal unfortunately assumed his own flurry of sixes would continue but was foxed into giving a catch. Virat trudged along, found the gaps for fours as usual and finally launched into his own flat six to signal intent.
Tiwary does not mince words and merely uses his bat to do the talking. Tonight, he pulled at will, ever sure that the boundary-line was too short for him. Karthik ran some superb twos and also upped the tempo with a well hit late six that took the team past 200.
Finally, a great show of bowling and fielding teamwork, barring a few lapses in the field under lights was to see the men in red through. Dan Vettori represents the central figure in the field and is assuming an almost totem pole like appearance. Things seem to revolve around him. He seems to be needed to contain the batsmen, take wickets and also manage the men. Rarely did one see Dan falter but once in the second match of the tourney when he let an extra run slip by. One wonders where these men are and why we can’t have more of them in the cricket world. Being a fan of Dan’s team makes you forget the so called glamour of razzle dazzle cricketers heralded as icons. Soon Dan was to claim the first two wickets with Arun Karthik taking the catches.
Dirk Nannes seemed to have found his true rhythm and handled the job of containing batsmen with a lot of flair. He claimed the third Somerset CC wicket to fall, again making it a ‘hat-trick’ of catches by wicket-keeper Arun Karthik.
Finally, RCB won by the handsome margin of 51 runs after S Aravind dealt two timely blows and Bhatkal accounted for the opener PD Trego. At the team hotel, the Somerset team arrived first, a good 25 minutes before RCB who must have been detained longer for the press conference. A cake greeted the victorious team who lost no time in splaying it over their teammates’ faces.
Siddhartha Mallya held an informal conference of the senior players shortly after and everyone retired for the night, some late because of the excitement. The next ‘congregation session’ for the team was a 3 pm swimming session although an optional gym session had been arranged for 12 pm.
Fans will be ecstatic with the huge victory margin which puts the team at the top in terms of Net Run Rate. The next match against the South Australian Redbacks on 5th October has to be won by only a modest margin. Fans, cheer on!