Why did AB de Villiers bat at No. 6, under Washington Sundar and Shivam Dube? That was the query on everybody’s minds as Royal Challengers Bangalore misplaced to Kings XI Punjab by eight wickets of their IPL 2020 match in Sharjah.
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Batting first, RCB made 171 for six with de Villiers strolling in solely within the 17th over. He fell for two off 5. Left-handed Washington Sundar and Shivam Dube had been despatched up the order above de Villiers with KXIP having two legspinners in M Ashwin and Ravi Bishnoi.
After the match, Virat Kohli defined the choice, saying:
“We had a chat, there was a message about left-hand right-hand combination because they had two leggies. Sometimes decisions you take don’t come off and this was one of those nights. But we’re pretty happy with the decisions we took especially in the batting. I think 170+ was a decent score on this pitch,” he mentioned on the post-match presentation.
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“The idea (to promote Washington and Dube) was to get the eye in and then start hitting. But we were not able to put them under pressure. They bowled well, the pitch didn’t allow us to play our shots.”
Despite the late drama the place KXIP took it too deep, the sport was by no means in RCB’s palms as Punjab remained in full management. Kohli mentioned the small dimensions of the bottom was not an excuse for the poor bowling efficiency.
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“It’s not a great ground for bowlers but that’s not an excuse. We take a lot of pride as a bowling side, but tonight was one of those nights. We have to take responsibility and apply the next time. Few positives always from the games that you lose as well and some learnings from the games you win. We now have to go back to the drawing board,” he mentioned.
KXIP wanted 7 off 12 balls with 9 wickets in hand, however by some means took it to 1 off 1 earlier than Nicholas Pooran hit Yuzvendra Chahal for a six to complete issues. Kohli mentioned there was no dialog between him and Chahal within the final over, the place KXIP wanted 2.
“It was quite surprising, we thought the game might finish in the 18th over but it went down to the wire,” he mentioned.
“There was no conversation between Yuzi (Chahal) and me to be honest. Only in the last ball we had a conversation, and he wanted to bowl it a bit full. Credit to Nicholas, we didn’t expect him to step out. Game should have finished by the 18th over and it didn’t. They let us come back a little bit.”