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Updated: September 30, 2020 10:36:36
At the end of the exciting match between the Royal Challengers Bangalore and Mumbai Indians IPL which was decided in the super over, there was talk of the one hundred misses of Ishan Kishan and the genius of improvisation of AB de Villiers.
However, one exceptional bowling effort has escaped the attention of fans and experts alike. In a game that featured 402 runs, 23 fours and 26 sixes, RCB handyman Washington Sundar̵
He did not allow any limits, threw 13 pellets and created unbearable pressure. In rare praise for Washington on social media, Indian coach Ravi Shastri tweeted: “Best performance so far at the IPL.”
Here’s how it went.
Historically, spinners have troubled Rohit Sharma in the first six overs. In the last three editions of the IPL, they have eliminated him six times. Perhaps this was what prompted Virat Kohli to bring Washington into the second over.
1st over from Washington (2nd inning): Rohit misses the pull
Washington knew exactly what Rohit likes in a spinner and what he doesn’t. Love flight and breadth. Washington gave him neither. Rohit likes to run away on the track, but Washington’s brisk pace, hitting the high 90s, kept the MI captain glued to the fold. And he also knew that nothing frustrates Rohit more than being tied up by a spinner, which he managed to do super efficiently.
The first ball came back on him – it’s a misconception that successful T20 rotators don’t spin the ball. Rohit stared at the field suspiciously. Then Washington started mixing lengths.
The next ball landed on the good length area of a spinner. But since the first ball was turned, Rohit waited for the ball and played it on the back foot. The third was short of good length, to which he stepped forward and drove confidently.
Rohit sensed that the next ball would be shorter. He felt a release from the built-up pressure. The shot, after all, is his hit percentage. The ball was actually shorter in length, only it wasn’t short enough to be thrown, it came faster than he expected and landed in the middle and in the middle, denying him the width that facilitates the free movement of the club.
Rohit failed to time the ball; he did not clear the boundary and was caught in the middle of the deep wicket.
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Washington’s numbers: 1-0-2-1
Washington’s 2nd over (4th of inings): The strangle job
For Ishan Kishan, he went flat and kept the ball on the stumps. The side of the leg was sufficiently padded with the fielders inside the ring which meant singles were also hard to get. It wasn’t until the fourth ball, when the center-back was rejected, that Kishan managed to smuggle one.
Washington’s ploy was different against de Kock, as he shed his defense and went on the attack. Knowing the South African’s penchant for cutting, he pulled back his length a bit, tempting him to go deep into the crease and cut late. He was nearly sucked into the trap, cutting twice when he tried to force the cut.
Bowling figures: 2-0-3-1
3rd over of Washington (6th inning): simply unreliable
The ultimate end of powerplay is when hitters, especially when chasing a steep target, get furious. But they ran out of ideas against Washington. When they tried to make a shot, Washington systematically outdid them.
On the second ball of the over, de Kock tried to create space and go backhand, one of his trusted release shots, but Washington threw him so quickly into the center stump that the shot had to be stopped at the last moment.
Bowling figures: 3-0-7-1
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4th over of Washington: (10th inning): Pandya locked up
Hardik Pandya enjoys hitting the spins on the corner of the cow. He goes deep into the crease, slips under the ball and lifts it in the middle of the wicket. But just as Washington caused doubts in Rohit’s mind with the one he swung back, Washington caused the second ball to grab the surface and bounce.
Here, the ball was turning too much, and Pandya immediately turned cautiously and was happy to twist the shot. That was the best strategy against Washington: point and run singles. It happened to be the most expensive time of the day. Five runs!
Bowling Figures: 4-0-12-1
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