RCB had been looking for that balance all through the tournament, and when the team sheets were announced tonight, Moeen Ali’s inclusion seemed to be a step towards finding that balance.
And it was important to get him in tonight, as the Hyderabad track has been on the slower side this season.
The track was gripping a bit more than expected today, as Yuzi Chahal got the important wicket of Manish Pandey thanks to the grip that he received from the surface.
The ball turned away from Manish, held a little in the pitch and forced the batsman to check his shot and hit it straight to short cover.
Virat Kohli, who was fielding at short cover accepted that dolly gleefully, and then dished out a small little dance for Chahal.
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After winning the toss, Kohli put in SRH into bat, as he felt that his bowlers could take advantage of the conditions on offer in the first innings and the batsmen could then chase down any total on the board.
RCB seemed to be under control after the first half of the innings having pegged back the SRH top order, but the ever so consistent Kane Williamson has notched up yet another half century to ensure that SRH get a respectable total on the board.
With Williamson teeing off in the last few overs, Kohli would be expecting to get a total of not more than 150, because the SRH bowling does have the required ammunition to bowl over the RCB batting unit.
ABD and Kohli both will have to take a lot of responsibility and take RCB home tonight.