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Virat Kohli commends Navdeep Saini for "outstanding" Super Over
IPL 2020

Virat Kohli commends Navdeep Saini for "outstanding" Super Over

Royal Challengers Bangalore Virat Kohli hailed the superb effort from Navdeep Saini during the decisive Super Over against Mumbai Indians as the right-arm paceman conceded only seven runs in the six-ball shootout.

Facing the intimidating duo of Kieron Pollard and Hardik Pandya, Saini stuck to his basics and darted full-length thunderbolts to deprive the batsmen any room or elevation to nail their slogs.

Just when Pollard was threatening to tee off with a boundary on the fourth ball, Saini held things back with a rapid low full toss that the West Indies great ended up skying to deep midwicket.

"Outstanding Super Over from him [Saini], bowling against Hardik [Pandya] and Kieron Pollard," Kohli said in the aftermath of RCB's thrilling win.

"I think the longer boundary helped him gain some confidence with his yorker, because he has got the pace and then he was using the wide yorker well too."

Saini's excellence was also noticed amid the unbelievable boundary barrage spearheaded by Pollard and Ishan Kishan in the regular contest.

The 27-year-old was reintroduced into the attack to bowl the crucial 19th over and leaked 12 runs – a massive improvement from the preceding two overs which had cost 49 runs.

"The guys showed real good composure to get these two points in the bag and very crucial points at early stages of the tournament," Kohli said.

"It was such a roller-coaster of a game. We batted well in the first innings to get us past 200 and then the start of bowling was outstanding. They played well in the middle overs, waited for the dew to kick in. Pollard and Ishan to bat the way they did was outstanding to keep them in the game," he added.

RCB's win by the narrowest of margins was marred by fielding blemishes since Kohli's men put down three chances. Kohli thus admitted the need to uplift the fielding standards of the team.

Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma acknowledged RCB were the victors owing to their ability to handle pressure situations better.

"Nothing to take away from RCB. They stuck to their plans, although we put them under pressure, they held their nerve more than us. It was a great game of cricket, we were not in the game at all when we started with the bat," he said.

"But great innings by Ishan [Kishan] there to get us back in the game and then Polly [Kieron Pollard] was brilliant as usual."