Kevin Pietersen leads the way “Winner” AB de Villiers in Super Over
Former England captain Kevin Pietersen on Tuesday credited Royal Challengers Bangalore wicketkeeper-batsman AB de Villiers for his match-winning performance against Mumbai Indians. RCB defeated Mumbai Indians in a super over at the Dubai International Stadium on Monday as their comments. In the Super Over, Mumbai Indians were able to score just seven runs with Navdeep Saini throwing a brilliant over, and Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers easily followed suit. In normal match action, both Mumbai and Bangalore scored 201 runs on the board. Mumbai Indians did not send Ishaan Kishan to play a super over as he was dismissed and as a result, Kieron Pollard and Hardik Pandya came to bat.
Pietersen was not impressed with the choice of Mumbai-made batsmen, and cited the example of de Villiers as how the team’s best batsman needs to play a super over.
He said, “2 super overs and both times 2 batsmen who got their team there, didn’t bat. Who saw that. Last night saw AB. They caught him, he kept wickets and then he batted again. Media, Couldn’t cos. He was busted – no problem. Winner! That’s the best, “Peterson tweeted.
After the match, Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma explained why Ishaan Kishan was not sent to play the super over.
Sharma told host broadcaster Star Sports after the match, “Kishan was taken out and he was not comfortable for a super over. He did not feel fresh and Hardik is the one we want to hit the long balls.”
So far, only 10 matches have been played in IPL 2020 and there have already been two matches which went down in the Super Over.
Chasing 202, Mumbai found themselves at 78/4, but it was then that Ishaan Kishan and Kieron Pollard lined up at the crease together, scoring 119 runs to take the team closer to the target. Ishan Kishan smashed 99, including two fours and nine sixes. On the other hand, Pollard scored an unbeaten 60-run knock in 24 balls with the help of three fours and five sixes.
Fast bowler Navdeep Saini for RCB finished with figures of 0-43 in his four overs. Pacer also bowled a super over, in which he conceded just seven runs while staying between Pollard and Hardik Pandya.
RCB have played three matches in the tournament so far and the team has managed to win two of these three matches. Virat Kohli-led team will play Rajasthan Royals on October 3 next year.