Royal Challengers Bangalore bowler Navdeep Saini turned out to be costly in his four overs against the Mumbai Indians. While he conceded a whopping 43 runs, he also went wicketless in his 24 deliveries. However, that did not stop RCB skipper Virat Kohli from handing the ball to Saini in the super over.
The 27-year-old rose up to the occasion and delivered a brilliant over to restrict the likes of Hardik Pandya and Kieron Pollard to just 7 runs. Royal Challengers Bangalore went on to win the match and a jubilant Navdeep Saini said that he backed his strengths when he was assigned the task.
Navdeep Saini on his plans in the super over:
“In the end, I decided to go with my strength, using Yorkers and a slower delivery,” said Saini speaking to Shivam Dube in a video posted on iplt20.com.
Saini gave away just 3 runs off his first 3 deliveries but was smashed for a boundary by Kieron Pollard on the fourth. However, Saini continued to believe in himself and knew exactly what he had to do in the last two balls of the over.
“After the boundary, I knew I had to end the over with a single or double. I had practiced Yorker, so I went with it and also threw in a slower delivery. I did what I had in my mind,” concluded Saini.
His plan worked out brilliantly for him and his team as Pollard was caught on the fifth delivery while Hardik Pandya completely missed the sixth. RCB won the super over easily as Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers walked out to bat.
Batting first, RCB had put up a commanding total of 201 runs. De Villiers scored a brilliant 55 not out of just 24 deliveries. Chasing the target, it was 22-year-old Ishan Kishan who played a mesmerizing knock of 99 runs for the Mumbai Indians. Kieron Pollard’s 60 off 24 balls played perfect cushion to Kishan’s inning as Mumbai managed to level the score.
It was all about Navdeep Saini and his sensational bowling in the super over that sealed the match for the Royal Challengers Bangalore.