Why Virat chose himself and AB De Villiers in super over against Mumbai Indians in IPL

By Bet Barter

October 2, 2020

The clash between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Mumbai Indians in IPL 2020, held on 28th September, was breathtaking as the RCB won the match just by three runs in the last over. The real encounter was between Rohit Sharma, who led the Mumbai Indians, and Virat Kohli, the captain of Royal Challengers Bangalore. It was a neck to neck competition. Both the teams proved to be equally strong. The RCB set a target of 201/3 for MI. The strong batsman like AB de Villiers made his contribution of aggressive fifty. Devdutt Paddikal’s superb knocks and the excellent batting of Shivam Dube helped RCB reach the target.

Opponent team

The opponent team was equally good. Ishan Kishan’s brilliant score of 99 runs and his 119 run- stand with Kieron Pollard, who made 60 runs off 24 balls, helped the Mumbai Indians level the score. The match ended in a tie. The only choice to decide the match was to play the Super Over. Mumbai Indians made just seven runs. It was easy for the Royal Challengers Bangalore to chase the target down on the last ball. Thus, RCB thrillingly won the match.

Best choice for RCB

The best choice for Royal Challengers Bangalore to send for the Super Over was Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers, as both of them are superb batsmen. They were at the batting ends, and Jasprit Bumrah was to bowl. They tackled his bowling successfully and managed to win the match. Kohli has not been in a perfect form in IPL 2020, but he decided to partner with de Villiers. Later he commented that he was confused about who could be the two players who could play patiently and come back for twos. The only thing was to step onto the field and play with responsibility. 

Strong rivals

The Mumbai Indians proved themselves to be strong rivals. Ishan Kishan and Kieron Pollard unleashed the Royal Challengers Bangalore. Pollard and Kishan did superb batting, but in the Super Over, Navdeep Saini did such tight bowling that he restricted Pollard and Hardik Pandya to just seven runs. It positively boosted the Royal Challengers Bangalore. Kohli praised Saini for his outstanding skill. He used Yorkers and wide balls to good effect. AB de Villiers was worthy of winning all the appreciation. He was able to tackle Jasprit Bumrah brilliantly. Despite being a superb batsman, Kohli wished he was like de Villiers. Kohli admitted that Villiers, such a brilliant batsman, made his entry in IPL after a long break and batted very confidently. Some of his shots were outstanding. He can only tackle when the batsmen get stuck into the bowlers.

The Royal Challengers Bangalore had to deal with challenging tasks in the last three overs. Pawan Negi and Gurkeerat Singh dropped two crucial catches of Kishan and Pollard. Kohli realized that fielding is the area where his team needs to improve with the tournament’s progress.

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