Bhuvneshwar Kumar names the difficult batsman he has faced
While bowling to Royal Challengers Bangalore's AB De Villiers in the last over of RCB's game against Sunrisers Hyderabad on Wednesday, Bhuvneshwar Kumar said that he was anxious. Sunrisers Abu Dhabi won by four runs thanks to Bhuvneshwar Kumar's 13-run innings of defence.
After winning the toss, Virat Kohli of the Bangalore Royals decided to bat first and gave the order to Kane Williamson of the Sunrisers Hyderabad. Despite a second-wicket stand of 70 runs between Jason Roy and Kane Williamson, Sunrisers managed just 141/7. When the scoreboard read 84/2, SRH's batsmen couldn't take advantage of Kane Williamson being clean bowled by Purple Cap holder Harshal Patel. A score of 141 was all they could muster as wickets fell regularly. I'm on the hunt for 142. After losing Virat Kohli, Dan Christian, and Srikar Bharat in the first seven overs, RCB was reduced to 38/3.
For the fourth wicket, Glenn Maxwell and Devdutt Padikkal put on 54 runs without losing a wicket until Maxwell was run out by Kane Williamson's straight shot. Rashid Khan shortly after defeated Padikkal. AB During the last over, De Villiers and Shahbaz Ahmed made a valiant effort to chase down the goal. De Villiers and George Garton had RCB needing 13 runs at the end of their innings.
When they required 12 runs, De Villiers stopped them from getting a single off the third ball of the over. It was down to the last two balls for the Protean after the fourth ball was smashed for a six by Bhuvneshwar Kumar. On another occasion, Bhuvneshwar delivered De Villiers a full ball outside off stump, and he prevented another single. At six runs down, Kumar delivered a full toss outside off stump to seal the victory for SRH with the last ball.
Even after Kumar's heroics, he admits that bowling to the great guy was nerve-wracking for him.
"If I say there were no nerves, I would be lying. For AB - I was just trying to be full, and nothing else. That was the only plan - I went for six and then I went with wide yorkers. We were thinking 10-15 runs short but the way everyone bowled was tremendous," said Bhuvneshwar after the match.
Glenn Maxwell struck him three times throughout the game, and when he was questioned about his fitness, he claimed he was OK.
"It's fine, I got hit thrice, but it's okay."
Now, RCB's prospects of finishing in the top two places before the playoffs are dwindling because of this defeat. In order to finish in the top two, they need Punjab Kings to win their final league game against Chennai Super Kings on Thursday and then Delhi Capitals to win on Friday.