While Yuzvendra Chahal has returned to form with the ball during the second phase of the IPL 2021, the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) leg-spinner has often expressed his love for batting as well, in funny ways though, claiming to be a better batsman than he is considered.
On Wednesday, during RCB’s encounter against the Rajasthan Royals (RR), Yuzvendra Chahal expressed his desire to bat at number 3 for RCB. This happened when the broadcasters put up a poll asking fans who should bat at 3 for RCB.
The options included KS Bharat, the current RCB number 3, Glenn Maxwell, and AB de Villiers. Now, this question appeared when openers Virat Kohli and Devdutt Padikkal were batting. Yuzvendra Chahal was sitting in the dugout, so was Maxwell. The Australian saw the question and quickly pointed to the leg-spinner, who raised his hand indicating he thinks he should be the number 3.
Moments later, Yuzvendra Chahal picked up a bat and indicated three with his fingers, leaving the commentators in splits.
Watch – Yuzvendra Chahal Says He Should Bat At No. 3 For RCB After Commentator Asks Who Should Bat #3 For RCB In Poll
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RCB got off to a flying start in chase of 150
Chasing 150, Virat Kohli and Devdutt Padikkal started off in a gung-ho fashion, attacking the RR pacers carting boundaries all around the park. Mustafizur Rahman provided RR with their first breakthrough, castling Padikkal (22 off 17) in the 6th over. At the time of writing, RCB are 54/1 at the ended the powerplay.
Earlier, RR’s innings was a tale of two halves: their batters dominated in the first half of their innings before they imploded.
After being put in to bat first, RR openers Evin Lewis and Yashasvi Jaiswal got off to a flying start with both left-handers clattering fours and sixes around the ground. The West Indian, in particular, was imperious as he hammered 3 fours and 3 sixes to take RR to 56/0 at the end of the powerplay.
Jaiswal (31 off 22) then took over the mantle stroking a couple of fours and a maximum off Daniel Christian, before the bowler dismissed him. On the other end, Lewis brought up his fifty off 31 balls. Sanju Samson joined in the fun with his first six off Yuzvendra Chahal to bring up RR’s 100 at the 11-over mark.
However, then began a procession of wickets. George Garton, the debutant, returned to pick the wicket of Evin Lewis (58 off 37), before and Chahal accounted for Mahipal Lomror (3 off 4).
Shahbaz Ahmed then pocketed for RR skipper, Samson (19 off 15), and Rahul Tewatia (2 off 3) in the 14th over. Liam Livingstone holed out in the deep off Chahal as RR slipped from 100/1 to 127/6.
Chris Morris and Riyan Parag were on their way to take RR over 150. Harshal Patel, however, after being expensive in his first three overs, picked three wickets in the last over to halt RR’s score to 149.