Undoubtedly, the T20 format is a batsmen’s game but there are bowlers who are extremely difficult to score off in this format. From the first game between defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad and the runners-up Royal Challengers Bangalore, we look at some of the noticeable spells from the bowlers of both the teams.
Tymal Mills: One of the most expensive buys of IPL, Tymal Mills made an impressive start to the season with a fine bowling spell. In a game where most of the bowlers conceded no less than 10 an over, Mills bowled an economical first spell on a wicket where other bowlers failed to restrict the batsmen from scoring fluently. Mills bowled with sheer pace and energy. He conceded just 12 runs in the first two overs and did not allow the batsmen to score from both the ends. In his final spell at the death, Mills clean bowled the well settled Yuvraj Singh for 62. He ended with figures of 1 for 31 in 4 overs.
Bhuvaneshwar Kumar: The purple cap holder and one of the best swing bowlers Bhuvaneshwar Kumar bowled an excellent over first up to the dangerous Chris Gayle. He conceded just one run after the experienced Nehra was hit for 11 runs in the first over. Kumar moved the ball either ways which made the batsmen reluctant to take undue risk. However, he was hit for 15 runs in the 2nd over and later came back for a spell at the death. Bhuvaneshwar Kumar dismissed Stuart Binny and ended the spell with 1 for 27. It will be interesting to see how he performs in the upcoming matches.
Yuzvendra Chahal: The young leg spinner who was amongst wickets last season and is one of the most economical bowlers in this format started well in the first game against a strong batting side and conceded just 22 in 4 overs. In his first spell of 3 overs, Chahal conceded 6 runs an over and did not allow the free flowing Dhawan and Henriques to score easy runs off him. Chahal dismissed the dangerous Moises Henriques with a smart delivery and bowled a stubborn line and length with precise variations. The batsmen who scored fluently against other bowlers struggled to rotate strike against Chahal.
Rashid Khan:The 20 year old leg spinner from Afghanistan was bought for 42 million rupees by Sunrisers Hyderabad. Rashid Khan doesn’t turn the ball much but bowls quicker through the air which doesn’t allow the batsmen to score fluently. He keeps the batsmen guessing with subtle variations. Rashid looked nervous at the start but seemed settled after a few deliveries. In his first over, he clean bowled Mandeep Singh for 24 and conceded just 6 runs. He went on to concede 13 runs in the second spell and dismissed the in-form Travis Head who was playing a good knock. Rashid conceded 36 runs at the cost of two wickets but was extremely impressive on a wicket that did not assist bowlers.
(Article by MKM Faiyaz Ahmed)
Photos courtesy: www.royalchallengers.com, sunrisershyderabad
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