Updated: September 30, 2020 10:36:36 AM
At the end of the exciting Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Mumbai Indians IPL game in Super Over, Ishaan Kishan’s missed hundred and AB de Villiers’ improvisational talent was talked about.
However, an excellent bowling effort caught the attention of fans and pundits. In a match that took 402 runs, 23 fours and 26 sixes, RCB all-rounder Washington Sundar’s 4–0–12–1 effort was a masterclass in effective spin bowling in the power-play.
He won without a boundary, threw 13 dot balls, and created unbearable pressure. In a rare praise for Washington on social media, India coach Ravi Shastri tweeted: “The best performance ever in the IPL.”
Here’s how it went.
Historically, the spinners have troubled Rohit Sharma in the first six overs. In the last three editions of the IPL, they have dismissed him six times. Perhaps this was what prompted Virat Kohli to bring Washington in the second over.
Washington’s first over (second of innings): Rohit pulls
Washington knew what Rohit likes in the spinner and what he does not. He likes flight and width. Washington gave him neither. Rohit likes to get on track, but Washington’s high pace kept the MI captain away from the crease, touching the highs of the 90s. And he also knew that nothing disappoints Rohit more than a spinner being tied, which he managed to do super efficiently.
Returned to the first ball – it is a misconception that successful T20 spinners do not turn the ball over. Rohit looked at the pitch suspiciously. Then Washington began to increase the length.
The next ball landed on a reasonably good area of a spinner. But as the ball went from the first ball, Rohit waited for the ball and played it on the back foot. The third was short, for which he came forward and proceeded with confidence.
The next ball will be in Rohit’s senses. He felt an outlet for the pressure of the pile. After all, his percentage is stroke. The ball was actually short in length, only that it was not short enough to pull him, he came faster than expected, and landed on the center and middle, denying him the width that facilitated the free swing of the bat. .
Rohit failed to time the ball; It did not clear the boundary, and he was caught at deep mid-wicket.
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Washington statistics: 1-0-2-1
Washington’s second over (fourth of the innings): Struggle’s job
For Ishan Kishan, he went flat and placed the ball on the stumps. The leg side was adequately cushioned with the fielder inside the ring, which meant that the single was also found difficult. It was not until the fourth ball, when the middle field fielder was pushed back, that Kishan managed to smuggle a single.
Washington’s move was different against De Cock, in which he shed his defensiveness and went on the attack. Knowing the South African opener for cutting, he pulled back a trifle his length, allowing him to go deep into the crease and cut late. He was implicated in the trap nearly twice while trying to apply the cut.
Bowling figures: 2-0-3-1
Washington’s third over (sixth of the innings): Simple unbeaten
The last over of the powerplay is that of the batsmen, especially when the batsmen chase a strong target. But they ran away with ideas against Washington. When he tried to make a shot, Washington regularly dismissed him.
On the second ball of the over, De Kock tried to make room and went inside one of his trusty release strokes, but Washington pushed it into the middle stump so fast that the shot had to end at the last moment.
Bowling figures: 3-0-7-1
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Washington’s 4th over: (10th of innings): Pandya locked up
Hardik Pandya kicks off spinners at the corner of the cow. He goes deep into the crease, goes under the ball and piles it at mid-wicket. But as he raised suspicion in Rohit’s mind, he leapt up, Washington bouncing the second ball to the surface.
Here, he was spinning the ball over, and straight away Pandya was alert and happy to rotate the strike. This was the best strategy against Washington – tip and run single. It was the most expensive over that day. Five runs!
Bowling figures: 4-0-12-1
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