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This is what Virat Kohli said about Yuzvendra Chahal after RCB’s win


Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) started their IPL 2020 journey on a positive note by winning the first game of the league against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH). Impressed by the bowling of wrist-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal, Virat Kohli credited the team’s win to Yuzi’s tight bowling and three-wicket haul.

Yuzvendra Chahal gave 18 runs and took three crucial wickets that tilted the game towards RCB. He took the wicket of Manish Pandey (34) in the 12th over. Thereafter, he took the wickets of Jonny Bairstow (61) and Vijay Shankar in successive balls during the 16th over.

Yuzi changed the game for RCB

“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 said at 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 side’s batting, Virat Kohli said, “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 good enough total to defend, Kohli said, “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.”

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“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.”

What Yuzvendra Chahal said?

Player of the match Yuzvendra Chahal said, “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.”

Run chase for SRH went awry after Chahal’s over

Sunrisers captain David Warner said his side had the run chase in control initially but later knew they had to go after the bowlers in the end.

“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.”


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