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Pep talk with Kohli about bowling attacking lines helped: Chahal


Royal Challengers Bangalore spinner Yuzvendra Chahal played a big part in team’s victory over Sunrisers Hyderabad. RCB beat SRH by ten runs at Dubai International Cricket Stadium in Dubai. The likes of Devdutt Padikkal and AB de Villiers scored a fifty apiece and helped RCB post a challenging total of 163 on the board.

Pep talk with Kohli about bowling attacking lines helped: Chahal
Yuzvendra Chahal celebrates with his teammates.

In reply, SRH struggled to get going in the initial overs after David Warner was run out by Umesh Yadav. While Manish Pandey and Jonny Bairstow restored normalcy in the game, both were removed by Chahal. Vijay Shankar was clean bowled by Yuzvendra Chahal. The wrist-spinner was the game-changer for RCB as he picked three wickets to his name.

SRH tried hard but couldn’t manage to chase down the target and eventually fell short of 10 runs. Chahal’s impressive bowling figures read 4-0-18-3. He was adjudged as the Player of the Match. In the 16th over, he got rid of Jonny Bairstow and Vijay Shankar in successive deliveries.

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Chat with Kohli helped me: Chahal

The leg-spinner opined that a chat with RCB captain Virat Kohli helped him get the best out of himself in the gameplay. Chahal said that he started bowling attacking lines after a talk with Kohli.

Chahal also said that he started bowling attacking lines after having a chat with Virat Kohli, the RCB skipper. “I felt very good, it was a very important over. I was thinking, this over could either go for runs or go in our favour,” Chahal was quoted as saying to iplt20.com.

“My aim was to go for wickets, there was a defensive field but the chat with Kohli was about bowling attacking…as only if we took wickets, the complexion of the match would change. With the ball turning (first ball), I kept the line on leg-stump because it is difficult to hit from there.

“When Vijay Shankar came, the chat with AB and Virat was about bowling the googly… something that I was practising in the nets. It is difficult for a new batsman to read,” he added. Shankar couldn’t even open his account after misreading Chahal’s googly.

In fact, RCB captain was impressed with Chahal’s bowling and he heaped praises on the leg-spinner “Yuzi came in and changed the game for us. Tonight he showed that if you have skill, you can get purchase on any wicket. The way he came in and bowled attacking lines, he was the one in my opinion who changed the game,” Kohli said in the post-match presentation.

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