Former England captain Kevin Pietersen on Tuesday praised Royal Challengers Bangalore wicket-keeper-batsman AB de Villiers for giving a match-winning performance against Mumbai Indians. His comment came when RCB beat the Mumbai Indians in the Super Over at Dubai International Stadium on Monday. In the Super Over, Mumbai Indians managed to score only seven points, while Navdeep Saini threw a brilliant over and Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers chased it with ease. In normal match action, both Mumbai and Bangalore posted 201 runs on the board. Mumbai Indians didn’t send Ishan Kishan out to play the Super Over because it was empty and as a result, Kieron Pollard and Hardik Pandya got down to work.
Pietersen was not impressed with Mumbai’s choice of hitters, and cited De Villiers’ example of how the top hitter on the team should play the Super Over.
“2 super overs and both times the 2 batters who got their team there didn’t hit because of what. Look at AB last night. He smashed it, he held wicket and then hit again. Couldn’t do media because he got picked up. – no problem. Winner! That’s what the best do, “Pietersen tweeted.
After the game, Rohit Sharma, Mumbai Indian skipper, explained why Ishan Kishan had not been sent to play the Super Over.
“Kishan was drained and he was uncomfortable for the Super Over. He didn’t feel fresh and Hardik is someone we trust when we hit the long balls,” Sharma said after the game to host Star Sports.
So far, only 10 games have been played in the IPL 2020 and there have already been two games that have come down to the Super Over.
In the 202 chase, Mumbai was on 78/4, but that’s when Ishan Kishan and Kieron Pollard came together at the crease and formed a grandstand of 119 runs to get the side closer to the goal. Ishan Kishan played a knock of 99, scattered with two fours and nine sixes. On the other hand, Pollard registered an unbeaten inning of 60 of just 24 balls using three fours and five sixes.
For RCB, pacemaker Navdeep Saini finished with numbers 0-43 in his four overs. The pacemaker also bowled the Super Over, in which he gave up only seven runs, even though Pollard and Hardik Pandya were in the middle.
RCB has played three games in the tournament so far and the team has won two of these three. The Virat Kohli-led team then plays against Rajasthan Royals on October 3.
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