Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) spinner Yuzvendra Chahal talked about his game plan in his successful outing against the Punjab Kings on Sunday in Sharjah. The leg-spinner returned with brilliant figures of 3/29 breaking into Punjab’s top and middle-order.
Yuzvendra Chahal, who was excluded from India’s T20 World Cup, said that skipper Virat Kohli had asked him to bowl tight deliveries and control the run rate rather than hunting for wickets.
He nipped out key wickets of Mayank Agarwal, Nicholas Pooran, and Sarfaraz Khan as RCB defended 164.
“I backed myself and bowled according to my strength, just that I varied my length. On this wicket 160 was a good score. Virat Kohli told me not to go for wickets in the middle overs, he told me to bowl dot balls. Agarwal is a great batsman, I love to bowl against him, it’s challenging. My focus was not to bowl any loose balls,” Yuzvendra Chahal told host broadcaster Star Sports after the game.
The way we have bounced is all because of unity in our team: Yuzvendra Chahal
With the win over PBKS, RCB became the third team to qualify for the playoffs. However, the road was tricky as they lost their first two games in the UAE leg, before bouncing back three consecutive victories; they had had a brilliant first half in India.
Yuzvendra Chahal reckons RCB carried on with their momentum from the India leg, and their collective strength helped them win their last three games.
“We had good momentum in the first half. The way we have bounced back after first couple of games in the UAE, it is all because of unity in our team,” he added.
They will next take on the bottom-placed Sunrisers Hyderabad in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday.