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IPL 2020: Saini shines in Super Over for RCB vs MI

Navdeep Saini stuck to his length and conceded just one boundary and dismissed Kieron Pollard in the Super Over.

By: Sports Desk | Updated: September 29, 2020 9:10:01 am
ipl, ipl 2020, rcb vs mi, rcb vs mi super over, Navdeep Saini, Navdeep Saini super overNavdeep Saini of Royal Challengers Bangalore bowling during the match between The Royal Challengers Bangalore and Mumbai Indians. (BCCI/IPL)

Here is how the indianexpress.com covered the Super Over between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Mumbai Indians-

Ball 1: Saini steams in with a brilliant yorker outside the off stump and all that Kieron Pollard manages to do is squeeze it out towards the point region for a single. Score: MI- 1/0

Ball 2: This time Hardik Pandya was on strike to Saini who did not get it right and came up with a low full toss. All Pandya could do was get some bat on it and maneuver it towards the long-on. Score: MI- 2/0

Ball 3: Saini to Pollard and it was full and outside off stump. The batsman went for the big heave over mid-wicket and missed it completely. Dot ball worth a gold mine. Score: MI- 2/0

Ball 4: Another low full toss from Saini to which Pollard smashes a boundary over the bowler’s head. Score: MI- 6/0

Ball 5: Saini gets his hits the timber! Once again he gets the length right and its a low full toss and Pollard tried to flat-bat it over deep mid-wicket and Gurkeerat Mann took it comfortably. Score: MI- 6/1

Ball 6: In the final delivery of the over, Saini kept it full and wide on the off-stump to Pandya who flung at it and missed it completely. A quick presence of mind ensured a single, courtesy from a bye to end a brilliant Super Over where just seven runs where conceded.

RCB chased down eight runs in the Super Over to win the contest after which , RCB skipper Virat Kohli hailed young Saini and said, “Outstanding Super Over from him (Saini), bowling against Hardik (Pandya) and (Kieron Pollard).”

“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,” Kohli said at the post-match presentation ceremony.

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