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IPL 2018: Yuzvendra Chahal confident dry pitch will boost Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kolkata Knight Riders

Royal Challengers Bangalore might be in a spot of bother after four losses from six games but Yuzvendra Chahal is hopeful his team will bounce back just like it did in the previous editions of the Indian Premier League (IPL).

cricket Updated: Apr 28, 2018 21:10 IST
Khurram Habib
Khurram Habib
Hindustan Times, Bangalore
Royal Challengers Bangalore’s Yuzvendra Chahal has taken seven wickets so far in IPL 2018.
Royal Challengers Bangalore’s Yuzvendra Chahal has taken seven wickets so far in IPL 2018. (AP)

Among the things that have let down Royal Challengers Bangalore this Indian Premier League (IPL) season, bowling is one. (IPL 2018 FULL COVERAGE)

Barring leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal and pacer Umesh Yadav, who have managed to rein in the opposition to an extent, everyone has leaked runs, leaving skipper Virat Kohli in a quandary.

Chahal, who has been Kohli’s trumpcard over the years in this team, hinted that rains have played a role in hampering their performance.

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“This wicket is a bit dry and helpful for spinners. We are told it is a batting surface. (However), it (wicket) is not fully prepared as it has been raining regularly. It is good that we scored 200 here, (although) CSK chased,” said Chahal ahead of Sunday’s match against Kolkata Knight Riders at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium.

Death over wobbles

The leggie admitted bowling death overs is the primary concern for RCB after what happened in the previous game against Chennai Super Kings. MS Dhoni and Co tore into pacers Corey Anderson and Mohammed Siraj towards the end after RCB had CSK on the mat.

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“Washington Sundar (off-spinner has conceded around 9.5 runs/over) is bowling well. Sometimes you do get hit. The wicket is a bit slow. We have been bowling well but have been giving away too many runs in the death overs, so we need to focus on that a bit,” he said. “In the death, batsmen like Mahi bhai (Dhoni) and (Ambati) Rayudu bhai played very well.”

Among the battles within the battle between KKR and RCB will be the one between spinners. While RCB’s main strength has been spinners, like last year, KKR too have a good spin attack led by Sunil Narine with Chinaman bowler Kuldeep Yadav also in the ranks.

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Chahal, however, feels it is too early to write off RCB. “In the past seasons too, in 2015 and 2016, we began badly but managed pull back in the later part. It has been just six matches. We still have eight games to play.”

While RCB were miserable last year, losing 10 of their 14 matches (one was abandoned) to finish last, they made the final in 2016 after losing five of their first seven matches.

First Published: Apr 28, 2018 19:47 IST

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