Indian Premier League 2020, Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Mumbai Indians: Virat Kohli “out” AB de Villiers, Rohit Sharma makes a slow start
It was actually a “roller-coaster” game as Virat Kohli put it in the post-match presentation. His team Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) defeated Mumbai Indians (MI) in a thrilling super over in Dubai on Monday, after the teams finished at 201 level in regular time. Kieron Pollard’s 60 and Ishaan Kishan’s innings of 58 on 24 helped MI score 80 runs in the last four overs with Hardik Pandya returning to the pavilion. Pollard and Kishan play the waiting game while watching the middle overs and decide to come out of the mouth of death. “I think he played really well and patiently in the middle,” Kohli quipped at MI’s approach.
With the game tied and Navdeep Saini stopped MI for seven runs in the super over, RCB had a relatively easy target. The options were also simple. AB de Villiers had scored 55 runs in the game before 24 and even though captain Kohli was not in the best touch, he could be counted on to run between the wickets.
“I thought about who are the best people who came back for the couplets and it was me and Abby. It was all about stepping on the field and taking responsibility, ”Kohli told of his decision to go out in the super over.
On the knock of De Villiers, who won the Man of the Match award, Kohli said, “He was coming after a long break. The way he batted and the shots he played were some of the best.”
He said, “Getting stuck in bowlers and only he can do the best … He keeps things simple and doesn’t watch too much cricket. Enjoys his life and gets out of here, supporting his potential . He is resting and that’s exactly what we do. From him, “Kohli said.
However, this was not a perfect game for RCB. There were three catches dropped – some of them – and some attempts in the field that could be called lazy. Yuzvendra Chahal reached the top after beating Pollard in 17Th A three-over six and a four in the over gave Adam Zampa the chance to dismiss the big-hitter.
Substitute Pawan Negi took three good catches, but dropped one and Gurkeerat Mann hit Kishan’s ball with his hands and looked at the ground beyond the ropes.
“Fielding is something we need to work on. If we had taken our chances, it would not have been so close.
There were other positives as well. Kohli bowled Jaspreet Bumrah well in the Super Over and Washington Sundar bowled four overs for just 12 and dismissed Rohit Sharma.
“It was a good match against Jaspreet. Top quality cricket and sports like these, people would love to watch. Kohli said that we changed Vashi (Sundar) bowling in Powerplay.
For Rohit, it was a far off affair. He said, ‘When we started with the bat, we were not in the game at all. Ishaan’s brilliant innings and then Pollard were fantastic for us as usual. “Rohit said after the match.
For all the heroes on death by Pollard and Kishan, the start was what Mumbai got – 35/2 in the first six overs – which spoiled the retrospect.
“It’s just that we couldn’t get off to a good start. I thought we could chase 200 with the batting we had,” he said. We did not gain momentum in the first 6-7 overs and also lost three wickets. Rohit started off slow.
He said, “Anything can happen to Polly, Ishaan was beating it well so we were confident that we would get there.”
By the time the super over came, MI needed luck to defend seven runs off six balls as both Hardik and Pollard failed to get out. Rohit said on his choice in the super over, “Hardik trusts someone who we trust to throw long balls, he is not getting down but we are confident that he can pull things for us.”
An upper end off De Villiers’ bat, which landed the back of the fine leg boundary for four, with six needing four, sealed RCB’s game.
He said, ‘I mean you need 7 runs from your side. We had to get wickets but there was also an unfortunate boundary. We came back really well and with positivity to get away from this game. “