RCB’s death-bowling woes were once again exposed to the hilt in their clash against defending champions, Mumbai Indians, as they very nearly squandered the winning position courtesy the exploits by Ishan Kishan and Kieron Pollard in the last five overs.
Chasing 202 to win, Mumbai Indians looked dead and buried at the 15th over stage as they needed a further 90 runs in the last 30 balls. The game began to change in the 17th over after Kieron Pollard teed into Adam Zampa, smashing him for three sixes and a boundary to eke out 27 runs from his six balls.
Yuzvendra Chahal wasn’t spared either as Pollard, who completed a 20-ball 50 in the process and Ishan Kishan smashed three sixes in the next over to wipe out 49 runs from the total in the matter of 12 balls.
It all came to a head in the final over when Ishan Kishan  scored back-to-back sixes off Isuru Udana before Kieron Pollard eventually forced the game to a Super-Over with a boundary on the last month.
Former Indian opener Virender Sehwag was at its humorous best while analyzing RCB’s bowling, adding that one thing that one should never trust in life is the Virat Kohli-led side’s death-bowling.
“In life, you can choose whom you want to trust and not trust, but one thing that one should never trust in life is the death bowling of Royal Challengers Bangalore, because a match that they should have easily won, they took it to the Super Over,” Virender Sehwag said in his video segment ‘Viru ki Baithak’
Credit for RCB victory should go to Navdeep Saini and Washington Sundar- Virender Sehwag
Sehwag, however, heaped high praise on rookie opener Devdutt Padikkal and the veteran AB de Villiers for their brilliant knocks on Monday that helped RCB to score 201 in 20 overs despite Virat Kohli’s contribution.
On Padikkal, the former opener said that the rookie southpaw seems to be the kind of batsman that RCB was looking for in the past two years. As far as AB de Villiers is concerned, Viru said-
“AB de Villiers seems have just one goal while he is batting, and that is to smack the ball out of the stadium.”
Sehwag was particularly impressed with the way Navdeep Saini and Washington Sundar bowled. While Sundar gave away 10 runs in his spell of 4 overs besides claiming the prized scalp of Rohit Sharma, Navdeep Saini was brilliant at the death as he gave away just 12 and 7 runs in the 19th over and the eventual Super-Over respectively.
“Even though the batsman had scored above 200 runs, but the credit for the RCB victory should go to [Navdeep] Saini and [Washington] Sundar, otherwise RCB could have lost this game, Sehwag added.