Dubai, September 22
Crediting wrist spinner Yuzvendra Chahal’s three-wicket burst for his facet’s 10-run win over Sunrisers Hyderabad of their IPL-opener, Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli stated the wrist spinner proved that he might get buy on any wicket.
Chahal (3/18) eliminated in-form Englishman Jonny Bairstow (61) and Vijay Shankar in successive balls within the 16th over to tilt the sport decisively in RCB’s favour. He had earlier gotten rid of Manish Pandey (34) within the 12th over.
“It’s amazing to be honest. Last year, we were on the other side of the result, 6-nil to start. It is nice to be 1-nil. We kept our composure tonight,” Kohli stated on the post-match presentation on Monday.
“Yuzi (Chahal) comes in and completely changed the game for us. Not many spinners got much out of the pitch but tonight he showed that you can turn it if you have it in your wrists. He showed he can get purchase on any wicket. The way he came in and bowled attacking lines, he changed the game.”
Talking about his facet’s batting, Kohli stated: “We started really well. Devdutt Padikkal was really good on debut. Finchy as well. AB batting in the last three overs helped us push it past 160.”
Asked if he thought 163 was a ok whole to defend, he stated: “When you lose two in two, you have to consolidate. If not for two in two, you were looking at maybe 10-20 runs more. In the past, if we had 43 off 5, you’d see the shoulders dropping but the guys kept believing, kept attacking. Someone like Washy (Washington Sundar) not bowling enough and a part-timer doing it are good signs. The fact that we didn’t let negativity slip into the bowling group was a great sign.”
Player of the match Chahal stated: “When I bowled my first over, I realised 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.”
Sunrisers captain David Warner stated his facet had the run chase in management initially however later knew they needed to go after the bowlers in the long run.
“Probably the last over of Chahal was the turning point out there. We have to go back to the drawing board. We obviously can’t fix what happened today but we have to go back and work hard before our next game in Abu Dhabi.” PTI