Oct 16, 2009

Victorians March To Victory Against RCB

Victorian Bushrangers showed why Australia has remained the single most dominant side in world cricket for the past decade.They play good consistent cricket regardless of the conditions or the performance of one individual.Royal Challengers knew the conditions like the back of their hand, had the overwhelming crowd support and had a man with 600 test wicket as the captain.

The match started with some brilliance from a future star in the making Manish Pandey made to open in the place of Jacques Kallis, he played with style and grace seldom seen in T20.Royal Challengers innings was up and running like a gazelle.As the pace was taken of the ball things started happening for Victorian Bushrangers.The Royal Challengers scored 72 runs in the first ten overs but their batting in the last ten overs was so bad that they scored 55 runs, for the loss of just four wickets.

Royal Challengers didnt have an finisher to guide the innings.Openers Quiney and Brad Hodge, had to just put their head down and concentrate.They were far too experienced to do anything other than that.They batted sensibly while the Royal Challengers bowlers started to try different things.As they began to experiment wayward deliveries and extras began to hurt their cause more.Brad Hodge and Rob Quiney were out in very quick secession but by then most of the damage had done.They reached the target with 4 overs to spare.

Victorian Bushrangers are almost assured of an place in the semifinal while royal challengers would be hoping for a big win when they face Delhi in Bangalore on Saturday.

Royal Challengers Bangalore innings (20 overs maximum) R B 4s 6s SR

MK Pandey c & b McDonald 39 28 7 0 139.28

RV Uthappa b McKay 13 12 2 0 108.33

R Dravid lbw b McDonald 33 35 3 1 94.28

V Kohli c Blizzard b McDonald 6 8 0 0 75.00

LRPL Taylor lbw b McDonald 2 7 0 0 28.57

MV Boucher c Blizzard b McKay 5 12 0 0 41.66

B Akhil not out 18 13 2 0 138.46

RE van der Merwe not out 3 6 0 0 50.00

Extras (b 1, lb 6, nb 1) 8

Total (6 wickets; 20 overs) 127 (6.35 runs per over)

Victoria innings (target: 128 runs from 20 overs) R B 4s 6s SR

RJ Quiney c Dravid b Steyn 29 33 4 0 87.87

BJ Hodge b Akhil 25 20 5 0 125.00

AC Blizzard st †Boucher b van der Merwe 21 20 3 0 105.00

DJ Hussey not out 31 15 2 3 206.66

CL White* not out 6 7 0 0 85.71

Extras (b 4, lb 7, w 10) 21

Total (3 wickets; 15.5 overs) 133 (8.40 runs per over)

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