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January 17 2018, 11:37 | Van Peters
This will be a very important game for them as winning this will put them in a good position for the qualification to the play-offs.
All-rounder Ravindra Jadeja is yet to fire, having taken only one wicket in the five matches so far, while veteran Praveen Kumar's lack of pace and swing has meant he has been hit at an economy rate of 10.32 over five games. "Glad we got the result tonight", Tye, the Man of the Match, said. Guys are fearful of getting out and failing and that's never a good feeling. "I can't really pinpoint something - could be hesitation to get out, to get runs", he said. "So, that's all it boils down to". This was because they had to deal with a dry pitch and a set of RCB players swearing by their slower balls. They could only get four runs or less in 11 of those 15 overs.
"After the kind of half that we had, we thought we could capitalise and chase it down".
Looking at the positives, Vettori praised the bowlers.
"The bowling performance has been exceptional". But Travis Head couldn't take his chance at the top of the order, falling for just two as RCB's batting order collapsed. However, the last five overs cost only 46 runs against Tiwary (44 n.o.) and Dhoni (21 n.o.). I could create some pressure. "Virat has led us exceptionally well, not only with the captaincy but with his batting".
"Definitely. We know our strengths and what we have to do".
Steve Smith comes in and decides to play the anchor role as Tripathi continues to attack the RCB bowlers.
This is one of the rarest occasions when a team has been bundled out below 100 runs twice in the Indian Premier League. Medium pacer Jaydev Unadkat started the downfall for the visitors with the wicket of Head, who chopped one to the stumps before New Zealand quick Lockie Ferguson packed back the unsafe AB de Villiers (3) after the South African added RCB's highest partnership of 21 runs for the second wicket with Kohli. "We didn't know what was enough at the halfway point, to be fair". But I thought the way we've fought back with (Adam) Milne and (Pawan) Negi who has been fantastic for us throughout the year.