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IPL 2020: I Think I Executed My Plans Really Well – Axar Patel

The Royal Challengers Bangalore have been thumped by the Delhi Capitals at Dubai as the Shreyas Iyer led side beat the Virat Kohli led side by runs. All thanks to Axar Patel for bowling exceptionally well in the powerplay. Well, this is not the first time we’ve seen the Royal Challengers stumble under pressure but for the second time in this tournament, they have disappointed their fans. With this win, Delhi Capitals go first in the points table with 8 points to their name.

It all started when RCB skipper Virat Kohli won the toss and elected to bowl first. Since the Delhi side were playing three left-handers in their playing XI, RCB brought in Englishman Moeen Ali for the Aussie leggie Adam Zampa whereas Gurkeerat Mann Singh made way for Mohammed Siraj in the side as they looked to play an extra seamer today.

Delhi, on the other hand, made just one change which was rather a forced one as Amit Mishra who picked up an injury in the last game against KKR was ruled out of IPL 2020 which is why left-arm spin bowling all-rounder Axar Patel made way for the veteran leg spinner.

Delhi Capitals Thump Royal Challengers Bangalore At Dubai

The Delhi Capitals openers Shikhar Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw gave DC a flying start as they scored 63 runs in the powerplay. At the conclusion of the powerplay, Prithvi Shaw lost his wicket to Mohammed Siraj.

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Followed by which Shreyas Iyer and Shikhar Dhawan too lost their wickets early on. It was all on the duo of Marcus Stoinis and Rishabh Pant as they notched up an 89 run partnership to take Delhi to a total of 196 at the end of 20 overs which included a heavy contribution from the Aussie Marcus Stoinis as he scored his second half-century of the season with 53 not out off just 26 deliveries.

In the lead up to the chase, the Royal Challengers Bangalore never looked like they were in it as they lost 3 crucial wickets in the powerplay and managed to score just 43 runs. After the fall of Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers, it all looked tipsy for RCB as they were restricted by the Delhi Capitals bowlers for a mere 137 runs after some serious valuable contributions from the left-arm spinner Axar Patel.

I Think I Executed My Plans Really Well: Axar Patel

The man of the match of today’s game between Delhi Capitals and Royal Challengers Bangalore is Axar Patel for his spell of 4 overs 18 runs and picking up important wickets of Aaron Finch and Moeen Ali.

During the post-match presentation, Axar Patel said that he knew the wicket was slower he was bowling it on the stump to stump line. Since he knew he would be bowling in the PowerPlay, he was better prepared to bowl.

He further went on to say how he was looking to bowl defensive but as soon as he realised the ball is turning he switched gears to attack mode.

“I knew it was stopping on the wicket. I knew I would bowl in the powerplay and I had practised for it as well. I think I executed my plans really well. My plan after speaking to batsmen was that since the wicket was slow, I wanted to bowl at the stumps and vary the pace. In the powerplay I was in a mood to defend at first, but when the third ball spun I changed gears and got into an attack mode,” Axar Patel said. 

Amey Pethkar

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