Australian all-rounder Marcus Stoinis who is currently playing for the Royal Challengers Bangalore in Vivo IPL 12 said that batting alongside AB de Villiers always makes the job easier for any batter after he shared a match-winning partnership with Mr 360 against the Kings XI Punjab yesterday. RCB’s 8 wickets victory was their first in the cash-rich league so far.
Marcus Stoinis remained unbeaten on 28 of 16 deliveries which were studded with 4 fours and ensured that RCB strolled to a 8 wickets victory in the final over of the match. The whole Royal Challengers Bangalore outfit will be finally relieved to put up a victory on the board.
Stoinis walked out in the middle when the skipper Virat Kohli was dismissed by Mohammed Shami. Bangalore needed 46 to win of the last 27 deliveries and they should have chased it down with moderate ease in the end. However, the Punjab bowlers made a comeback of sorts and prevented the run scoring for an over.
With AB de Villiers at the crease, the calculation was always shifted in favour of Bangalore. De Villiers shared a 85 runs stand with Virat Kohli which laid the foundation for a terrific run chase. De Villiers struck a four and a six of the penultimate over of Mohammed Shami to again turn the scales in favour of the visiting team.
“I am pretty familiar with this ground, I have played here for three years,” said Stoinis at the post-match press conference here “The more comforting factor is batting with AB de Villiers, that makes it easier.”
Marcus Stoinis further stated that RCB needed a win badly to keep their hopes alive in the tournament. “We needed it, it’s good to get to two points and get ourselves started,” he said.
Marcus Stoinis also revealed the suggestions which were passed onto him by MR 360. He asked Stoinis to keep head straight, watch the ball and play according to the situation. It proved to be a decisive partnership in the end which eventually helped Bangalore chase the target down in the final over of the match with a couple of deliveries left.
“Make sure to keep head straight, watch the ball, keep it simple and then once you get in think about which balls you want to target,” Stoinis said, referring to the advice from his senior partner.
Royal Challengers Bangalore need to win a few matches on a trot to harbour hopes of qualifying for the playoffs. One more defeat might well throw them out of the tournament. They are all set to meet the Mumbai Indians tomorrow in the 31st match of the tournament.