On a day when Devdutt Padikkal enthralled the folklore with his prodigious batting talent, it would have taken something outrageous for any other cricketer to leapfrog him in the ‘Player of the Match’ contention. And, that is exactly what Yuzvendra Chahal did to orchestrate RCB’s 10-run win over SRH in Dream11 IPL 2020.
On a track where RCB’s fast bowlers- Umesh Yadav and Dale Steyn in particular- were getting clobbered to all corners of the ground by the likes of Jonny Bairstow and Manish Pandey, Yuzvendra Chahal put on a wrist-spin bowling clinic to inflict a collapse that saw SRH lose their last 8 wickets for 32 runs.
After having dismissed Manish Pandey in his first three overs, Chahal returned in the 16th over to dismiss Jonny Bairstow and Vijay Shankar off back-t0-back deliveries to throw open the game in RCB’s favor.
I was trying to play on the batsmen’s patience- Yuzvendra Chahal
Chahal conceded just one boundary in his 4-over spell, conceding just 18 runs for three wickets. Giving insights on his plans during the post-match conference, Chahal said he was aiming to bowl loopy ones outside the off-stump to test batsmen’s patience.
He also revealed his plans against individual bowlers before revealing that it was AB de Villiers, who suggested him to bowl te wrong-un to Vijay Shankar, which obviously worked to great effect.
”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. When I bowled to Pandey I was trying to outside off-stump and with Bairstow, I bowled little fuller and when Vijay came Virat and AB told me to go for a googly and it worked. I put some mud on my hands to make sure there is no dew and really brilliant,” Yuzvendra Chahal said in the post-match conference.