Saturday, 8 October 2011

Pitch report was leaked

It is absolutely needless to be said about players or coaches being find, banned and suspended for leaking the pitch report prior to the game. I remember Shane Warne having been a victim of this subject when he was accused of leaking the pitch report. But, the same thing has found to happen in the first semi-finals of the champions league T20 tournament 2011 when two days prior top the match between Royal Challengers Bangalore and New South Wales the pitch was declared to be a run fest at chinnaswamy stadium. Despite that, New South Wales couldn't cash in on that.

It was not only a good toss to win by the Royal Challengers Bangalore but was also a good decision to field first when rumors were alive that a run fest would be evident there in Bangalore and any total could be chased down successfully. Despite losing the toss, the New South Wales batsmen did a fair job by posting a total in excess of 200 on the board. That happened to be a below par total which forms a different issue altogether. There were only four batsmen from New South Wales who made t to the crease and no doubt that they all did their job well.

Majority of the scoring was done by David Warner and Daniel Smith who scored 180 runs between them. There would be no point cursing the New South Wales batsmen for putting up as total that the Royal Challengers Bangalore batsmen could defend effortlessly. But still, a total of 250 should have made it to the scoreboard when the nature of the track was well in front of them. Scorecard suggests that there were four bowlers from RCB who bowled their full quota of 4 overs and Gayle's on over went for 14 runs. This has been the case whenever Gayle is found bowling.

One thing that once again falls into dispute is the man of the match award given to Virat Kohli. Our man of the match should have been either Chris Gayle who did most of the scoring or else David Warner who posted his second hundred in this tournament. Anyone who turns down that citing the batsmen friendly pitch on which they were batting, one has to acknowledge the fact that Virat Kohli was awarded the man of the match for his batting. If those performances are not convincing, Pat Cummins could have been given the award for his bowling figures of 4-0-45-4.

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