Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) all-rounder Glenn Maxwell lauded the team’s bowling department for displaying its best efforts to keep Chennai Super Kings (CSK) at bay. RCB ended its losing streak with a 13-run victory over CSK on Wednesday at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune.
On a surface that was slow and two-paced, RCB used their spinners, including Maxwell, very effectively. There wasn’t any presence of the dew-factor, but RCB captain Faf du Plessis deployed the spinners early in the innings to hold back Harshal Patel’s overs for the death.
RCB beat CSK by 13 runs to move into the top four of the points table
Shahbaz, aiding from the extra bounce, got the in-form Ruturaj Gaikwad caught at long-on by Suyash Prabhudesai (substitute fielder). Maxwell also used the extra bounce to his benefit and dismissed Robin Uthappa and Ambati Rayudu in successive overs.
Devon Conway (56) and Moeen Ali (34) kept hitting for boundaries and turned the pressure on the RCB bowlers before Wanindu Hasaranga got the former out in the 15th over and broke the 34-run stand between the two left-handed batters.
Harshal’s brilliant bowling late in the innings dented CSK’s chances of drubbing their southern rivals. Harshal got the wickets of Ravindra Jadeja, Moeen, and Dwaine Pretorius to finish 3/35 and get RCB back on the winning way.
Our bowling group are starting to gel: Glenn Maxwell
Maxwell said they were aware of the sticky wicket and the spin bowlers would find assistance from it. The Australian all-rounder appreciated the bowling efforts of the team and is hopeful of qualifying in the IPL 2022 playoffs.
“Over the moon. Really good bowling effort. We felt there is enough tackiness in the wicket that we were able to exploit with the spinners and for the pacers to hold their nerve against some powerful death hitters to finish off the game was good. The way Moeen and Jadeja bowled, it showed the finger spinners were getting a bit of hold and grip,” Maxwell told the official broadcasters after the game.
“Hopefully, we can ride this momentum and winning momentum is hard to stop. Our bowling group are starting to gel and I feel we are going in the right direction. Hopefully, we haven’t left it too late and we can peak right towards the finals and find a way into the top four and do some damage in the finals,” he added.
RCB moved up in the top four of the points table while CSK is almost out of the tournament. RCB will play Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) on May 8 at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.