Chahal (3/18) dismissed in-form Englishman Jonny Bairstow (61) and Vijay Shankar in successive balls within the 16th over to tilt the sport decisively in RCB’s favour. He had earlier gotten rid of Manish Pandey (34) within the 12th over.
“It’s amazing, to be honest. Last year, we were on the other side of the result, 6-nil to start. It is nice to be 1-nil. We kept our composure tonight,” Kohli stated on the post-match presentation. “Yuzi (Chahal) comes in and completely changed the game for us. Not many spinners got much out of the pitch, but tonight he showed that you can turn it if you have it in your wrists. He showed he can get purchase on any wicket. The way he came in and bowled attacking lines, he changed the game.”
Talking about his crew’s batting effort within the sport, Kohli stated, “We started really well. Devdutt (Padikkal) was really good on debut, Finchy as well. AB (de Villiers) batting in the last three overs helped us push it past 160.”
Asked if he thought 163 was a adequate whole to defend, he stated, “When you lose two in two, you have to consolidate. If not for two in two, you were looking at maybe 10-20 runs more. In the past, if we had 43 off 5, you’d see the shoulders dropping but the guys kept believing, kept attacking. Someone like Washy not bowling enough and a part-timer doing it are good signs. The fact that we didn’t let negativity slip into the bowling group was a great sign.”
Chahal – who was adjudged the participant of the match – stated, “When I bowled my first over, I realised I need to bowl stump-to-stump line and backed myself. “At one level they have been batting nicely and I used to be making an attempt to bowl crazy ones and huge of the attain which helped in constructing stress.”
Sunrisers captain David Warner stated his aspect had the run chase in management initially however later knew they needed to go after the bowlers ultimately.
“Probably the final over of Chahal was the turning level on the market. We have to return to the drafting board; we clearly cannot repair what occurred right now however we have now to return and work exhausting earlier than our subsequent sport in Abu Dhabi.”
Talking about all-rounder Mitchell Marsh who twisted his ankle whereas bowling, Warner stated, “Plenty of braveness for Mitchell (Marsh) to go on the market and check out. It does not look nice for him, cannot put any weight on his leg. “Hopefully it isn’t too bad, it was quite painful for him, so fingers crossed.”
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