Reverse-shots: On a night where both innings were spinning, the efficiency of hitting the spinners really mattered. The eight overs faced by Royal Challengers Bangalore were only 60 runs, but with only one wicket. In response, Mumbai lost five wickets for 34 runs to eight spin overs. At first glance and in the view of the contestants, there didn’t seem to be much grip on the surface, but the spinners and Harshal Patel, who relies heavily on slower balls, thrived.
The two teams’ approach to playing for purposes was interesting and ultimately crucial.
Reverse-shots: The Royal Challengers only attacked seven spinning balls. Virat Kohli, who got off to a fast start and hit three sixes in the first five overs, hit a ball against the spin in a run and only attacked one ball from them. At the time, it seemed like a truce that restored the advantage to Mumbai.
“I have not seen him play those shots in training,” Harshal said in the post-match press conference. “He is one of the most gifted batters I have seen in current cricket. He’s can do that out of the blue right into the game. He and AB [de Villiers] are two guys who can bring that sort of skill level into the game without even practising those shots. So no I have not seen him practice those shots, but he does execute them really well under pressure.”
Maxwell also played the reverse shots against the pace, beating Adam Milne on the third short man by two fours and six. In all, Maxwell scored 28 of his 56 runs on the reverse or switch shots. The reason Maxwell took so many of these shots was because of the brief limitation on one side and strangely enough, the slowness of the surface, which gave him time to better line up the deliveries.
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