IPL 2020| DC vs KXIP : Match Preview, Predicted XI & Dream11 fantasy picks
19 Sep 2020
Chasing down 200 is becoming a new trend in IPL it seems. While yesterday Rahul Tewatia won it for Rajasthan Royals, Mumbai Indians’ Ishan Kishan and Kieron Pollard took their franchise to winning distance, by getting into the Super Overs in the matchup against the Royal Challengers Bangalore in Dubai International Cricket Stadium.
However, that wasn’t enough as RCB’s Navdeep Saini rose to the occasion and restricted the dangerous duo of Pollard and Hardik Pandya to just 7 runs in the super over, giving his team an easy task to chase down the total.
At the end of the regular overs, both the teams were at 201 with slogging like never seen before in practice. But in the super over, it became difficult to score even seven runs in an over, giving an assurance to the fact that Sports is a great leveler.
Reacting to the victory, RCB captain Virat Kohli said, “I don't have words right now. It was such a roller-coaster game.”
The 31-year-old also complemented the opposition for playing really well in the middle overs.
“I think they played really well and patiently in the middle. It went down to the wire, we tried to execute the things we wanted to, he said. “We've got a close victory and these little things on the field, we really want to focus on it,” he added.
Talking about the decision to bat in the Super Over despite lacking form, Kohli said, “I thought about who are the best guys to come back for twos and it was me and AB. It was all about stepping onto the field and taking responsibility.”
Players, especially the RCB players, dropped a lot of catches but kept the excitement level high in the end. “Fielding is something we need to work on. If we'd taken our chances, it wouldn't have been so close. It was a good match-up against Jasprit,” he said.
Talking about the changes in the team, the captain said, “The changes that we made, make Washi bowl in the PP paid off. The guys showed good character. “
He concluded by praising Navdeep Saini for executing one of the best Super Overs of IPL. “Outstanding Super Over from him (Saini). He used the yorkers and wide balls to good effect. This should boost us going forward,” said the Delhi born.
On the other hand, Rohit Sharma, the losing captain considered the game as ‘one of the great games of cricket.’ ‘We were not in the game at all when we started off with the bat,’ he admitted.
Praising the pocket-sized dynamite in Ishan Kishan, Rohit said, “Great innings by Ishan there, and then Pollard was brilliant as usual for us. With Polly being there anything can happen, Ishan was also hitting it well so we had the belief that we would get there.”
“I thought we could chase 200 with the batting power we have,” he added.
Explaining as to why he didn’t bat in the Super Over, Rohit said, “He (Kishan) was drained out and was not comfortable. We thought we could send him but he was not feeling fresh. “
With three back to back failures, Hardik’s existence in the team is being questioned. Answering that, the 33-year-old captain said, “Hardik is somebody we trust to hit long balls, it is not coming off but we are confident he can pull things off for us.”
“I mean 7 runs you need to have luck on your side, we had to get wickets but there was also an unfortunate boundary,” Sharma concluded.
Senior cricket journalist Vikrant Gupta felt that Navdeep Saini, who gave away just seven runs in the final over, should be appreciated enough, especially for what he did against the likes of Kieron Pollard and Hardik Pandya.
If Saini was gold-dust, It was Washington Sundar who was phenomenal with the ball in his hand, giving away just 12 runs in his quota of four overs. It was also sensational in the way that it came in a match that saw 400 runs being scored by both teams combined. Many former cricketers and commentators, including Indian coach Ravi Shastri praised Sundar.
Apart from Sundar and Saini, it was Ishan Kishan and his power-hitting that took the limelight as well. Unfortunately, he got out on 99, a score, almost patented by the master blaster of Indian cricket, Sachin Tendulkar. He was only the third player in the IPL along with Virat Kohli and Prithvi Shaw to get out on 99.
Praising Kishan, cricket commentator cum analyst and former India opener Aakash Chopra also took this opportunity to underscore the point that be it, Prithvi Shaw, Devdutt Padikkal, Shubman Gill, or Sanju Samson, this IPL has so far been about young Indian domestic batters.
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