The Bushrangers are in a hot soup. Rory Kleinveldt has inflicted more damage on the Aussies, picking up Aiden Blizzard. That’s three down now.
Monde Zondeki snapped up Rob Quiney and Brad Hodge in the first over.
The Victorian Bushrangers have won the toss and elected to bat in the truncated Super Eights game against the Cape Cobras.
The match will begin at 17.40 HRS and has been reduced to 17-overs-a-side.
The latest from Bangalore
When espnstar.com contacted M. R. Poojar, Additional Commissioner of Police, he confirmed the rumours doing the rounds that a cricketer from Jammu and Kashmir had been taken in for questioning this morning. The cricketer who arrived in the city as part of the Jammu and Kashmir Under-22 squad and was lodged at the Chinnaswamy Stadium. “Trace amounts of suspicious substances have been found in his kit, and we have taken him for questioning as a precautionary measure,” M.R. Poojar said. “We have asked the stadium officials to delay the match by an hour so that we can conduct a thorough combing operation at the grounds. Once we get our security clearances the match can go ahead.”
When asked what extra precautions have been put in place Mr. Poojar said, “We have added more policemen to man the grounds. We have also increased the number of sniffer dogs at the ground, and instruments capable of detecting any bomb within a 300 square km radius have been deployed at the stadium. There will be a rigorous check of all people entering the ground.”
The bomb scare notwithstanding, spectators continue to throng the stadium and it’s almost half full at the moment. An announcement over the public address system says the match will start at 5:30 p.m. It’s unclear at the moment if this will mean a reduction in overs of the first game, or a delayed start to the much anticipated clash between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Delhi Daredevils in the second match of the day.
The kit has been sent to the Forensic Sciences Cell to confirm the nature of the substance.
Victoria put up an all-round performance to overcome the Bangalore team by seven wickets on Thursday and would confirm their berth in the final-four stage if they defeat the Cape Cobras in the league-B encounter.
On other hand, Cobras who have entered second round as the Group C topper after beating both the Royal Challengers and Otago Volts, would like to maintain their victorious journey in the 12-team event.
Skipper Andrew Puttick, who has cracked a century and figuring second in the list of highest run getters in the USD six million tournament, would be the mainstay of Cobras’ batting order.
Victorian Bushrangers: AC Blizzard, SM Harwood, BJ Hodge, JM Holland, DJ Hussey, AB McDonald, CJ McKay, RJ Quiney, PM Siddle, MS Wade (WK), CL White (Captain)
Cape Cobras: D Brand (WK), H Davids, JP Duminy, SA Engelbrecht, CW Henderson, RK Kleinveldt, JL Ontong, VD Philander, AG Puttick (Captain), S van Zyl, M Zondeki