Royal Challengers Bangalore ace leg-spinner, Yuzvendra Chahal, has shrugged off his sides’ death-bowling issues besides crediting KXIP skipper KL Rahul for his brilliant innings that saw his wallop the Bengaluru-based franchise fast bowlers to all corners of the Dubai International Stadium during his unbeaten 132.
KL Rahul got two lucky reprieves thanks to Virat Kohli’s dropped catches, following which the stylish batsman found top-gear. smashing the likes of Dale Steyn and Shivam Dube for 49 runs in their last two overs. Rahul’s onslaught meant KXIP smoked 74 runs in the last four overs, eventually ending with 3-206 in 20 overs.
Following the onslaught on RCB’s fast bowlers, questions have once again started to galore around their death-bowling stocks but Yuzvendra Chahal feels it’s too early to ring in the changes.
“It’s just the second match. In the last match, we won because of our death bowling. It’s too early (to think about change). We bowled well but it a match where KL (Rahul) batted so well,” Yuzvendra Chahal told media after RCB’s 97-run defeat.
Catching in Dubai floodlights difficult- Yuzvendra Chahal
We have seen a lot of dropped catches at the boundary in this year’s IPL and concerns have galored around the floodlight arrangements in Dubai. Unlike other stadiums, Dubai Cricket Stadium has a series of lights fixed on the rim of the roof, thus making it a ring of fire.
Yuzvendra Chahal also conceded that catching in Dubai is a bit more difficult as compared to other venues.
“Sometimes, it’s difficult. Even in practice, even if we try, it’s a little bit hard compared to other grounds,” Chahal said.
Meanwhile, Virat Kohli, who dropped two crucial catches of KL Rahul, took the blame for his sides’ defeat, adding that the 35-40 runs post those dropped catches cost his side the game.
“I have to stand in front and take the brunt of it, not the best day in the office, couple of important chances of KL when he was set and that cost us 35-40 runs at a later stage. Maybe if we restricted them to 180 we wouldn’t have been under pressure from ball one of the chase,” Kohli said in the press-conference.