After Royal Challengers Bangalore’s (RCB) thumping 82-run win over Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), opener Devdutt Padikkal showered rich on his team’s spinners, saying that both Washington Sundar and Yuzvendra Chahal have picked up wickets at crucial situations.
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RCB restricted KKR to 112/9 in 20 overs at Sharjah on Monday (October 12) with spinners and pacers doing exceedingly well.
While Sundar (2-20) and Chahal (1-12) were economical with the ball and claimed three wickets between them, Chris Morris (2-17), Navdeep Saini (1-17), Mohammed Siraj (1-24) and Isuru Udana (1-19) picked up five wickets among them.
“It has been important for us that our spinners take wickets at crucial times. It is not just that they are controlling the runs, they have been taking wickets at crucial situations. Washington Sundar has been on point, the way he has been bowling in the powerplay, that has been amazing,” Padikkal told Aaron Finch in a video posted on iplt20.com.
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— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) October 13, 2020
Earlier, RCB rode on AB de Villiers’ breathtaking 73 not out off 33 balls to pile up a mammoth 194/2 on the board. His sublime knock was studded with 5 fours and 6 sixes.
Finch (47 off 37 balls), skipper Virat Kohli (33* off 28 balls) and Padikkal (32 off 23 balls) also made notable contributions with the bat.
“It was important that we got a good start, I know Sharjah is a small ground, there is a lot of pressure of getting huge runs batting first, it is good that we kept the focus on our basics and we were able to set a base so that the rest of them can carry on,” Padikkal said.
“Definitely, it is a bit different playing in the UAE but I am open to this challenge, there is so much I am learning from you guys. The partnership AB de Villiers and Virat had, that was amazing to see, they have 3000 runs together. It is a treat to watch de Villiers bat, some of the shots he plays, they are incredible. He just made it look easy,” he added.
Now third in the points table with five wins from seven games, RCB next face Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) on Thursday (October 15).