Shahrukh Khan: “We don’t know why we are taking games to the last ball. We have just focused on now finishing games in the 19th over if we are batting second. The last game has hopefully broken the jinx of going to the last ball. (On his role) I play according to the situation. It’s the same plan here. When a number six comes in to bat, the situation varies, and I just look to play accordingly. (Between the first leg and second leg) I was still practicing well. I got a chance in the last match. My plan was to look for boundaries as and when I could. We have to take it one game at a time. This is our first-afternoon game, and we have to execute what we have planned in our meetings.”
Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Punjab Kings Highlights today, Sunday 3-10-2021 – 48th Match, Indian Premier League season 14th from Sharjah Cricket Stadium.
Virat Kohli win the toss and will bat first.
Kohli expects the pitch to slow down as the match progresses. No changes to the RCB XI. KL Rahul says he would have wanted to bowl. Three changes – Fabian Allen, Deepak Hooda, Nathan Ellis are out. In place of them, we will have Harpreet Brar, Sarfaraz Khan, and Moises Henriques.
Royal Challengers Bangalore team: 1 Virat Kohli (capt), 2 Devdutt Padikkal, 3 Srikar Bharat (wk), 4 Glenn Maxwell, 5 AB de Villiers, 6 Dan Christian, 7 Shahbaz Ahmed, 8 George Garton, 9 Harshal Patel, 10 Mohammed Siraj, 11 Yuzvendra Chahal.
Punjab Kings team: 1 KL Rahul (capt & wk), 2 Mayank Agarwal, 3 Aiden Markram, 4 Nicholas Pooran, 5 Sarfaraz Khan, 6 Shahrukh Khan, 7 Moises Henriques, 8 Harpreet Brar, 9 Ravi Bishnoi, 10 Mohammed Shami, 11 Arshdeep Singh.
Match Timings: 10:00 GMT | 14:00 Local
Umpires – KN Ananthapadmanabhan, Richard Illingworth
TV Umpires – Krishnamachari Srinivasan
Match Referee – Prakash Bhatt
Reserve Umpire – Yeshwant Barde
Match number – Indian Premier League 2021 Match No 48th
Post match presentation
KL Rahul speaks: “I wouldn’t say I haven’t enjoyed wearing it (the Orange Cap) but I would have been happier if we had qualified. It was a score that was par. Maybe 10-15 runs extra. When a guy like Maxwell comes in with that sort of form, it makes it difficult. But with the bat, the last couple of years have been disappointing. If I have to be honest, our batting has let us down. I’ll be lying if I say it doesn’t play on my mind that I play a role that the team demands.
It’s not something that I enjoy, but when you lead the team, you have to accept the responsibility. In T20, the top two or three do score a bulk of the runs. You won’t have people in the middle order scoring 500-600 runs. But we have missed someone in the middle who scores those 30-40 quick runs. Shahrukh and some of the other Indian young guys have been going well.”
Yuzvendra Chahal: “(What he has done in UAE) I just believe in me. That’s what I was missing in the first half. I have just backed my strength and just varied my line today. On this wicket, 160 is a very good score. We knew if we got early wickets, we could get them.
In the middle overs, we decided to go more for dot balls. (On Mayank) He’s a great batsman and it’s always challenging to bowl to him. I didn’t want to give him loose balls. Wanted him to hit boundaries if he could. We had good momentum. After the first two games, we have bounced back well. Batting, bowling, and fielding. We are just focused on taking it game by game.”
Virat Kohli: “Feels amazing. After 2011, we haven’t done it with games to spare. Eight wins out of 12 games is a great campaign. We have two more opportunities to finish in the top two. Should give us the motivation to play even more fearlessly. When you don’t have any wickets on the scoreboard, you can take more risks. Which myself and Dev [Padikkal] have to. 15-20 runs on this ground can be crucial. We have to plug those areas.
As a side, we have had an endeavor to improve, whether in losses or wins. We knew the wicket would get slower and slower. KL and Mayank batted really well, but we knew we were just two wickets from coming back into the game. (On the bowlers) The resurgence of Siraj, ever since he has done well in Test cricket. Harshal’s inclusion has been outstanding. Yuzi has chipped in, as has Shahbaz. Garton has come in. If the players don’t step up, then the campaign goes off track.”
Glenn Maxwell is the player of the match: “Came in at a nice time to bat. Lucky to hit the first couple of risks out of the middle. I feel like in the last two years of IPL I have batted nicely. To have it set up by the openers today gave us some time to get an idea of the wicket. Coming into RCB they wanted me to do the exact same role (as with Australia). This (Sharjah) is probably the most difficult to adjust to. The spinners get it to skid on which means you have to be sharper at the start of your innings.”