Team India are currently playing against New Zealand in the second Test in Mumbai. While they are in a strong position after their two innings as they a lead of over 500, one ‘spidercam’ interrupted the game and forced them to take an early break as well.
However, it happened a few overs before the tea break at Wankhade Stadium, the cable-suspended camera system malfunctioned. It had dropped down as it was seen hanging a couple of feet above the field near the pitch as well. While the control room failed to get it back up soon, it forced on-field umpires Nitin Menon and Anil Chaudhary to take an early break for tea during the game as well.
Meanwhile, New Zealand players Daryl Mitchell and Will Young were in the crease and facing the Indian spin attack as well. On the other hand, Indian players, including captain Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav and Ravichandran Ashwin decided to have some fun with the spidercam on the field.
— Lodu_Lalit (@LoduLal02410635) December 5, 2021
fun with Spider Cam 😆 pic.twitter.com/5EDnfFp9dG
— sohom (@AwaaraHoon) December 5, 2021
— Arsh Hayer (@CricketArsh) December 5, 2021
Any software person who's dealt with issues in production on a live system feels the pain of the technical guys in charge of the spidercam on the cricket ground right now.
— Navin Kabra (@NGKabra) December 5, 2021
— KjK (@StealthModeUser) December 5, 2021
— Ashok Rana (@AshokRa72671545) December 5, 2021
As far as the game is concerned, Team India put up 325 runs in the first innings before restricting New Zealand within 62. Later, they batted and gave a massive target of 540 for the visitors to win. And, it seems near impossible as they already lost Tom Latham for a 15-ball 6. However, every Indian bowler did a great job, especially Mohammed Siraj.
Siraj said: “Since I was injured earlier and didn’t even play the first match, I continued to work on my bowling,” Siraj said at the end of second day’s play. “I was practising with a single stump, trying to work on my outswing. I was preparing in a way that I should be ready for the next match. When I got the opportunity, my effort was to ensure that I consistently bowl in the same area and get the outswing going. The way I practised, I tried building on my rhythm, which helped me and got me success.”