RCB skipper Virat Kohli has hailed his spinners Washington Sundar and Shivam Dube for keeping their composure against SRH in their opening match of the IPL 2020. The Royal Challengers Bangalore opened the 13th edition of IPL with a win to their name against Sunrisers Hyderabad.
SRH had won the toss and decided to bowl first with limiting RCB to only score 163 in the first inning. They were cruising their way to the target with Jonny Bairstow’s impressive knock of 61 runs but slumped quick in the latter stages.
RCB won the game by 10 runs after SRH went all out for 153 in the last over. Hyderabad lost eight wickets for just 32 runs as Yuzevndra Chahal and Navdeep Saini staged a stunning comeback for RCB.
Virat Kohli lauds RCB players post-win against SRH
Virat Kohli stated that the key standouts for the team in the win against SRH were Yuzvendra Chahal and debutant Devdutt Padikkal. Chahal finished with impressive figures of 3-18, bagging the important wickets of Jonny Bairstow, Vijay Shankar and Manish Pandey.
The 20-year-old Devdutt Padikkal playing on his debut scored 56 runs off 42 balls including eight fours. Virat Kohli also lauded the resilience and fight from Washington Sundar and Shivam Dube.
“There are a couple of things for me that stand out from this win, I think we have spoken about the usual suspects Yuzvendra Chahal and Devdutt Padikkal. But I want to mention two guys who showed great composure against Hyderabad.
“I know Washington Sundar did not bowl three overs, but to go for a six on the second ball of the over and still bowl the over he did, not letting it become a big over was an outstanding effort. The second one is Shivam Dube, bowling two overs in the last four was an outstanding effort,” said Virat Kohli while addressing his team.
That’s the stand out for me that you kept helping each other out and you guys stuck together: RCB head coach Simon Katich
New coach Simon Katich was all praises for his boys after the match against SRH. He commended their team spirit and the never give up attitude. He also congratulated Aaron Finch and Devdutt Pallikal for their debut for RCB and giving the team a good start playing at the opening spot.
“Well done boys, I think you should be proud of the spirit you all showed in the game against SunRisers Hyderabad. You never gave up, hung in there even when Bairstow was going really well. That’s the stand out for me that you kept helping each other out and you guys stuck together. It was magnificent to watch,” Katich said while addressing the RCB team after the win against Hyderabad.
“Two guys on debut today set up the game for us, well done Finchy and Devdutt, you guys helped each other out and it was crucial for us. The will to win will hold us in good stead,” he added.
Royal Challengers Bangalore will face Kings XI Punjab tomorrow at the Dubai International Stadium.