New Delhi: They were stuck on the pads, mishit shots at will, were squared up while defending and forgot this wasn't a game of beach cricket. Guyana's batsmen were the lousiest bunch of players to have taken the field in the first weekend of the Champions League T20 and Bangalore just cut them to size.
One look at the Guyanese players and you couldn't decide what was wrong with them. Technique or temperament? It was such a disastrous display that the paying ticket-holders should ask them to refund their money.
It was easily the most non-competitive match so far and if this is the way Guyana play, the CL T20 organisers better think of a way of leaving out such teams from subsequent editions. It just doesn't matter if they were Champions in an island that most won't be able to find on the world map.
To say that the Royal Challengers Bangalore outplayed Guyana from start to finish will be an understatement. Their excellence is for everyone to see and it's not without a reason that skipper Anil Kumble and his men are being touted as among the firm favourites to take the trophy home.
Barring a dropped catch from Rahul Dravid, there was not one blemish on the Bangalore camp. Jacques Kallis with three wickets and Cameron White with some crack fielding, including the brilliant run out of Sewnaraine Chattergoon showed just why Bangalore had decided to loosen their purse strings and retained these players despite their home clubs in action at the tournament. Not only does this team ooze of talent, it has the intent to win the championship.
Bangalore were the true professional unit that turned out to do a job. In complete contrast were the Guyanese who were languid in their approach and were hypnotised into submission. If and when they do smell the coffee, they'll have to deal with the nightmare of a net run rate that is sure to keep them at the bottom of the table even if they manage to get some divine intervention for their next games.