DUBAI : An ABD special, Pollard smacking ’em in the stands, Kishan’s blitzkrieg, RCB winning and A SUPER OVER battle between Bumrah and Virat!

A game of cricket that kept you on the edge of your seat right till the last ball was bowled. 4 hours of entertaining sport which went down to the super over as if the 40 overs weren’t enough.

This is what cricket is all about. This is what the IPL is all about!

This resulted in Royal Challengers Bangalore emerging victorious when Virat flicked an attempted yorker by Bumrah to the leg-side off the last delivery in the super over.

Let’s have a lot at the top performers in this match : –

Bangalore would have wished for some solidity at the top from Finch and Padikkal and the opening pair didn’t disappoint as they added 81 for the first wicket. In the beginning, when Finch timed an incoming delivery from Boult for six over long-on you knew it was his day. He was playing with the field so well when Chahar was bowling by making room intially and slog sweeping it on the leg-side when the bowler followed him and later on exposed all three of his stumps to clear the off-side boundary.

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Trivia : Finch leg side runs behind Square vs leg Spinners in T20s : –

2019 – 1%

2020 – 16%

A mature batsman always knows that every day cannot be his day and Padikkal was aware of the fact that Finch was seeing the ball well and needs to be given strike. He also knew he did not need to take the risk when Finch was playing so well at the other end. As soon as the Aussie was dismissed he took off like a rocket during Pattinson’s over knowing the new man will take his time to settle and that the run rate should be maintained.

One thing about Ab Devilliers is that he is a complete team man who will do everything if you ask him to. Smash the best T20 bowler in the world? Yes. Keep wickets? Yes. Open in the super over? For sure. He really has turned on the heat this season.

It was Saini’s super over that won RCB the match where he conceded just 6 runs.He really has a brave heart to try those yorkers against Pollard and Hardik knowing that if it’s a tad fuller they can punish you. So to attempt that delivery and execute it to perfection was outstanding by him.

Sundar was economical in his 4 overs giving away just 12 runs and picking up the crucial wicket of Rohit Sharma. Most captains avoid bowling a spinner in the powerplay but Sundar here was given 3 overs from the first six and he showed us why he is such an economical bowler.

Trivia : This was only the 10th instance that a spinner has bowled three overs in the first 6 overs and not conceded a boundary.

He also has most number of wickets (22) for an Indin spinner from overs 1-6 since 2017.

For Mumbai they can gain frkm the partnership between Ishan Kishan and Keiron Pollard which took them unbelievably close to the target. Both of them were dropped thrice overall by the RCB fielders but you cannot take the performance away from them. The character and the attitude that they showed in the middle was fantastic. It never not look at all like Kishan was playing his first game in the tournament. He was hitting some monstrous sixes to Chahal, clearing a fairly big boundary on numerous occasions. While Pollard once again proved that he is always there when the team needs him. Those huge blows from his willow were an indication that he has still got it.

A crazy week in the IPL with the Rajasthan vs Punjab game yesterday which was also a carnage. A lot of young Indian players making their mark in the league. Samson, Shaw, Gill, Tewatia, Bishnoi, Padikkal and now Kishan showcasing his talent. The best T20 league in the world for a reason.

Stats credit @cricvizanalyst

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