IPL 2017: Because of grass on the pitch we decided to bat first, says Stuart Binny

Stuart Binny has blamed dew on the field for Royal Challenger Bangalore's low total against Kings XI Punjab.

By: PTI | Indore | Published: April 11, 2017 4:37 pm
ipl 2017, ipl, ipl 10, kxip vs rcb, rcb vs kxip, punjab vs bangalore, kings xi punjab vs royal challengers bangalore, ipl news, cricket news, cricket, indian express Stuart Binny made unbeaten 18 for Royal Challengers Bangalore. (Source: BCCI)

Royal Challenger Bangalore (RCB) has blamed the dew on the field for not being able to make a high score in the match against Kings XI Punjab. Kings XI Punjab defeating RCB by 8 wickets in the Indian Premier League (IPL) match at the Holkar Cricket Stadium in Indore on Tuesday.

“Our team’s score of 148 was not sufficient. Because of grass on the pitch we decided to bat first after winning the toss with a hope that the ball will come straight to the bat and we would be able to make a big score,” RBC’s Stuart Binny, who scored an unbeaten 18, told reporters.

“But the dew prevented the balls from coming onto the bat properly,” he said. “At the time of batting, the dew started falling on the pitch and the wicket was behaving such that we were being forced to play 18-20 balls at ease to firm up our position on the ground before playing big strokes.”

On RCB’s explosive batsman Chris Gayle not being included in the playing eleven and replaced with AB de Villiers, Binny said, “We had no option as de Villiers was found fit for playing the match and as per the IPL rules no more foreign player could be included in the final eleven.”

He said RCB was planning to take two wickets of Kings XI Punjab, which was chasing the target of 149 runs, in the first five-six overs to bring them under pressure but it didn’t work.

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    KRavindra Ballal
    Apr 12, 2017 at 9:06 am
    All rounders like Binny are supposed to carry the team to victory by their performance with the bat or ball.However in Binnys case his very presence in the team is questionable if one goes by his performance in the entire domestic cricket season or the concluded matches in the present IPL .He was a good all rounder no doubt but his contribution to teams cause are becoming rarer by the day and RCB have look for another all rounder to fill his slot.Age is also not on Binnys side.
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