IPL 2020: Captain Virat Kohli clarifies about sending de Villiers to number-6

Sharjah: RCB’s decision to field AB de Villiers down the batting order proved to be wrong but captain Virat Kohli said it was a well thought out strategy against Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) in the IPL 2020. (IPL 2020). RCB, batting first, scored 171 runs for 6 wickets in 20 overs. Punjab responded by scoring 177 runs for two wickets.

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De Villiers, who scored 73 off 33 balls against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), was sent to number six instead of number 4. Washington Sundar and Shivam Dubey were fielded to bat before them. Kohli said that this strategy did not prove effective but the bowlers should have defended 171 runs.

Kohli said, ‘We had talked about this, we wanted the combination of right and left handed batsmen to be there during the batting as the 2 leg spinners were bowling. Many times things are not according to you. We wanted Shivam Dubey and Washington Sundar to get a chance to bat.

He also expressed surprise that Punjab won the match on the last ball of the match, which should have ended in the 18th over. Kohli said in the award ceremony after the match, ‘It was quite surprising. We thought that the match could end in the 18th over. In the last over, a little pressure can confuse you and in such a situation anything is possible.

Kohli however praised the good performance of Kings XI Punjab and said that his team was not in a better position in the match. The batsman, who scored 48 off 39 balls in the match, said, ‘Kings XI Punjab performed well. We were not in a better position than this.
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