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RCB vs KXIP: AB De Villiers Sent At No.6 To Counter Kings XI Punjab’s Leg-Spinners, Says Virat Kohli

Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) skipper Virat Kohli termed the choice to ship South Africa batsman AB de Villiers on the No.6 place after the likes of Washington Sundar and Shivam Dube, as a technique to counter the Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) leg-spinners. De Villiers scored simply two runs off 5 deliveries after being despatched down the order, having scored a game-changing half-century within the earlier match towards Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR). The low-cost dismissal resulted in RCB posting a complete of 171, regardless of being able to reaching the 200-run mark contemplating the wonderful type of the South Africa batsman. RCB recorded their third defeat in Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020, as Chris Gayle and KL Rahul scored half-centuries to assist the Punjab-based franchise emerge victorious by a margin of eight wickets.

Virat Kohli acknowledged that his aspect paid emphasis on guaranteeing a left hand-right hand mixture, following dialogue with the group administration.

“We had a chat, a message from outside about left-right combination and we wanted to go with it because they had two leggies. Sometimes things don’t come off,” stated Kohli throughout the post-match convention when enquired in regards to the choice to ship De Villiers down the order. 

The RCB skipper expressed satisfaction with the choices taken, terming 170 as an honest rating. He additional confirmed that there had been no dialog with spinner Yuzvendra Chahal, who bowled the ultimate over of the second innings. 

“We’re pretty happy with the decisions we took. Having 170 was a decent score. There was no conversation between Yuzi and me to be honest. They kind of let us come back in the game, because I think it should have ended by the 18th over,” added Kohli.

KXIP wanted two to win off the final over, however Chahal bowled brilliantly, resulting in the equating coming right down to a run off the final supply, virtually resulting in a Super Over, however Nicholas Pooran, who got here in after Chris Gayle was run out, hit a six off the ultimate supply to seal the win for KL Rahul’s group.


KXIP skipper KL Rahul was filled with reward for veteran Chris Gayle, who performed his first match in IPL 2020 and scored a game-changing half-century. 

“Chris has not been feeling well but he’s always been hungry. It was a tough call to make not to play someone like that. I won’t take credit but it’s important to keep the lion hungry sometimes. Wherever he bats, he’s still the same player and it worked today,” acknowledged Rahul.

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