Team India's bowling line-up handed the team an easy victory in the Indore T20I on Tuesday and helped the hosts take a 1-0 lead over the visitors Sri Lanka in the 3-match T20I series. The Player of the Match was Navdeep Saini, who also happens to play under Virat Kohli at the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the Indian Premier League (IPL). Saini took 2 wickets for 18 runs at a very effective economy of 4.50.
I'm a little surprised India have gone into this match with THREE @RCBTweets bowling options plus Y Chahal in reserve when theyve been consistently the worst @IPL bowling side over the last couple of seasons 🤔— Scott Styris (@scottbstyris) January 7, 2020
Before the match started, former Kiwi all-rounder Scott Styris took to Twitter and questioned why the Indian team's line-up featured four RCB bowlers. RCB have had a very tough time at the IPL since they made the final in 2016. The team consistently finishes at the bottom of the IPL table and has been one of the earliest exits in the past two seasons. One of the biggest reasons behind RCB's IPL woes has been their bowlers who have failed to contain the opposition batsmen. Yesterday's India playing XI featured three RCB bowlers in the playing XI - Shivam Dube, Washington Sundar and Navdeep Saini. RCB spinner Yuzvendra Chahal was also present in the Team India squad although he did not play the match.
While it is very improbable that Navdeep Saini or any of the others got to know about Scott Styris' tweet while they were on the ground, the young bowlers proved the Kiwi wrong and single-handedly helped India get a grip on the game in the first innings itself. Navdeep Saini was the leader of the pack as he took two wickets with a very impressive economy of 4.50. Spinner Washington Sundar also got the important wicket of opening batsman Avishka Fernando. Shivam Dube was not a part of the match's action much as he was not used a bowler and the team did not need to bat deep enough for Dube to come out to bat. Indian fans were quick to point these facts out to Styris.
And both the RCB bowlers took wickets— why_so_single_? (@Vinivinci3) January 7, 2020
Especially saini who bowled 3-16-1 pic.twitter.com/vMitLR1MXp
Dear scottty, hope u gets the reply from saini's Yorker .— Deep Dhaliwal (@deep_dhaliwall) January 7, 2020