RCB vs SRH: Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) kicked off their IPL 2020 campaign with an impressive victory against the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in Dubai. During the chase, Surnrisers were in complete control of the game when Jonny Bairstow was in the crease with Manish Pandey. However, the SRH middle order again failed to deliver. They slipped from 121-2 to 153 all-out in 19.4 overs. Yuzvendra Chahal was the man who brought back the game for RCB and inflicted massive blows.
Chahal provided the major breakthrough when he sent back the dangerous looking Bairstow on 61. However, the very next delivery was special. The all-rounder Vijay Shankar came to bat. He was facing Chahal on the very next delivery and tried to go for a drive in the very first ball he faced. (RCB vs SRH)
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However, Chahal came up with a sly plan. He bowled a googly, which bamboozled Shankar. The ball sneaked through the gap between his bat and pads and castled his stumps. Now, he has revealed that he along with Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers came up with a plan to dismiss him.
Yuzvendra Chahal was the star of the match. (RCB vs SRH)
“When I bowled my first over, I realized I need to bowl stump-to-stump line and backed myself. At one point they were batting well and I was trying to bowl loopy ones and wide of the reach which helped in building pressure.
When I bowled to Pandey I was trying to outside off-stump with that field, but decided to bowl within the stumps because it is difficult to hit through the leg-side and with Bairstow I bowled little fuller and outside leg so that it becomes tough for him to target the leg-side with the turn away. When Vijay came Virat and AB told me to go for a googly and it worked. I put some mud on my hands to make sure there is no dew,” Chahal said, as quoted by Hindustan Times.
Chahal earned the Man Of The Match award for his incredible bowling figures of 3-15. Coming to the match, Batting first RCB posted a total of 163 for the loss of 5 wickets in their 20 overs. The debutant Devdutt Padikkal opened the innings for Bangalore and scored 56 runs off 42 balls in his debut IPL match. AB de Villiers scored 51 runs off 30 balls and provided the much-needed finish to the RCB innings. (RCB vs SRH)
In reply, Sunrisers Hyderabad was in the chase for Jonny Bairstow and Manish Pandey. Bairstow scored 61 runs off 43 balls and Pandey scored 34 off 33 balls. Once they got out, the batting line up fell down like a pack of cards. In the end, RCB secured a 10 runs victory to start their IPL 2020 campaign. (RCB vs SRH)