Yuzvendra Chahal, going by his standards, hasn’t had the best of tournaments with the ball in hand in the 2021 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). In seven games, the leg-spinner has only picked up four wickets at an economy rate of 8.26. On Friday, April 30, he had a fairly decent night against the Punjab Kings (PBKS). In his first two overs, Chahal went for 28 runs.
But in the last two overs, he conceded only six runs and also picked up Shahrukh Khan’s wicket for a golden duck. The dismissal came after Virat Kohli, the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) skipper put forth a suggestion for him.
Masterplan for Yuzvendra Chahal works wonders
Saying ‘Ek aur daal’ from the slip cordon, he asked the bowler to stick to the same line and length after an LBW appeal was turned down off Chahal’s bowling. Kohli’s suggestion paid dividends as Chahal cleaned up Khan in the very next ball with a googly.
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There are areas we need to improve: Virat Kohli
As far as the game was concerned, RCB lost it by 34 runs after being asked to chase 180 in 20 overs. Virat reckoned that they allowed PBKS to accelerate in the death overs. He also said that as batters, playing shots wasn’t an easy task.
“They got off to a good start but we pulled things back somewhat after five down. Should have been chasing 160, when they were 116/5, but we gave away 25-odd runs in the end. Focused too much on what the batters were doing. We got away from our plans. We gave too many bad balls for boundaries,” Kohli said.
“As batsmen, we could have tried different things early on. It was tough to hit through the line. It was all about trying to get a partnership and have a strike rate of more than 110. We were not able to do that as a batting unit.
“Just a few little tweaks we need to address going forward. There are areas we need to improve. The composition of our team is such that we give him (Patidar) the freedom to play at number 3,” he added.
RCB’s next match is against the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) on Monday, May 3 at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.
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