Royal Challengers Bangalore’s captain Virat Kohli hailed young pacer Navdeep Saini’s brilliant Super Over that helped RCB win a mouth-watering contest against Mumbai Indians on Monday. Saini bowled the Super Over for RCB and gave only 7 runs and Kohli finished the game with a last-ball boundary off Jasprit Bumrah.
“Outstanding Super Over from him (Saini), bowling against Hardik (Pandya) and (Kieron Pollard). I think the longer boundary helped him gain some confidence with his yorker because he has got the pace and then he was using the wide yorker well too,” Kohli said at the post-match presentation ceremony.
“The guys showed real good composure to get these two points in the bag and very crucial points at early stages of the tournament,” he added.
He also appreciated Kieron Pollard and Ishan Kishan to bring Mumbai back into the game by playing wonderful innings.
“It was such a roller-coaster of a game. We batted well in the first innings to get us past 200 and then the start of bowling was outstanding. They played well in the middle overs, waited for the dew to kick in…….Pollard and Ishan to bat the way they did was outstanding to keep them in the game,” he added
Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma admitted that Royal Challengers held better nerves than his team.
“Nothing to take away from RCB. They stuck to their plans, although we put them under pressure, they held their nerve more than us. It was a great game of cricket, we were not in the game at all when we started with the bat.
“But great innings by Ishan (Kishan) there to get us back in the game and then Polly (Kieron Pollard) was brilliant as usual,” Rohit said.
Rohit said that Ishan Kishan was tired and was not feeling fresh and hence did not bat in the Super Over.
“He was drained out and was not comfortable. We thought we could send him in but he was not feeling fresh and Hardik is somebody we trust hitting the long-balls but it is not coming off.”
Rohit said that they did get the momentum in the first 6-7 overs and did not start well and hence could not get back from there.
“It is just that we couldn’t start well. I thought we could get that 200 with the batting power we had but we could not get the momentum in the first 6-7 overs.”
Rohit said that they were confident that the match is on till Pollard was on the field.
“We lost a few wickets there and could not get back. With Polly (Pollard) being there, anything can happen and with ISHAN hitting the ball really well, we had that belief that we could get it,” he said.