Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Virat Kohli has credited wrist-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal for swinging the game in his team's favour after Sunrisers Hyderabad appeared to have a dominant hold over proceedings.
Chahal engineered a tremendous collapse for Sunrisers by sniffling the crucial scalps of Jonny Bairstow, Manish Pandey and Vijay Shankar to give RCB a tight 10-run victory.
Chahal ended up with figures of three for 18 in four overs and was duly awarded the player of the match prize for his incredible effort.
While conditions were deemed to be unfavourable for bowlers given the heavy dew factor, Chahal combated issues relating to gripping the ball and found sharp turn along with subtle variations.
"Yuzi [Chahal] comes in and completely changed the game for us," Kohli said at the post-match presentation ceremony on Monday.
"Not many spinners got much out of the pitch, but tonight he showed that you can turn it if you have it in your wrists. He showed he can get purchase on any wicket. The way he came in and bowled attacking lines, he changed the game."
Chahal delivered the game-changing over when Hyderabad required 43 runs off the final 30 balls by inducing an ugly hoick from Bairstow and bamboozled Shankar with an exquisite googly.
In the past, RCB have always been troubled by bowling woes in the death overs but this time Chahal inspired them to a courageous comeback.
"In the past, if we had 43 off 5 [overs], you'd see the shoulders dropping but the guys kept believing, kept attacking. Someone like Washy [Washington Sundar] not bowling enough and a part-timer doing it are good signs. The fact that we didn't let negativity slip into the bowling group was a great sign," Kohli said.
Detailing his attacking method, Chahal claimed he gradually applied pressure on the batsmen by drying up the flow of boundaries.
"When I bowled my first over, I realized I need to bowl stump-to-stump line and backed myself. At one point they were batting well and I was trying to bowl loopy ones and wide of the reach which helped in building pressure," he stated.
Kohli was satisfied with his team's winning start and looked forward to averting a form slump over the course of the competition.
"It's amazing, to be honest. Last year, we were on the other side of the result, 6-nil to start. It is nice to be 1-nil. We kept our composure tonight," he said.