|Player:||A Kumble, CJ McKay|
|Event:||Champions League 2009/10|
DateLine: 15th October 2009
Bangalore Royal Challlengers will hope to maintain their winning upswing against the Victoria Bushrangers when they meet them in the CLT20 match today.
Both the sides have won one and lost one in their journey in the tournament thus far and with the margin very less in this tournament, both the sides would be looking for a winning start in the final eight stage.
As far as batting is concerned, Kumble's willow wielders have shown they have enough mettle to take on any bowling line-up. The openers Robin Uthappa and Jacques Kallis are in scintillating form and batsmen in the middle order also have shown they are made of steel. The opposition in this regard would especially be wary of MNew Zealander Ross Taylor who has smacked both the bowling attacks he has faced thus far in the tournament. Apart from him Virat Kohli and Rahul Dravid have also looked in good touch.
The bowling though is a little bit of concern for the Challengers, considering they scored 180 and lost to the Cape Cobras in the first match of the tournament. All the bowlers though looked much better in their outing against the Otago Volts in their last game and would continue to maintain their rhythm.
Victoria Bushrangers, on the other hand would be drawing inspiration from the fact that they have beaten one of the favourites for the tournament, the mighty Delhi Daredevils by seven wickets with 20 balls to go in their tournament opener.
The bowling from the Bushrangers has been excellent and especially the performances by Shane Harwood, Clint McKay and Andrew McDonald has been clinical. To restrict the Daredevils to a meagre 98 was no mean job but they attained it nonetheless.
The Victorian's though were not all that comprehensive against Wayamba Elevens, losing the low-scoring tie by 15 runs even though it could not halt their Super Eight march. The bowlers were again fantastic in this game but it was their much hyped batting which let them down.
Victorian bowlers restricted the Lankans to 118 for nine but their batsmen goofed up, managing just 103 runs even though they had lost just four wickets.