Bangalore, Apr 5: Royal Challengers Bangalore's bowling hero R Vinay Kumar said that he stuck to his normal bowling plan and aimed for yorkers at Kieron Pollard when delivering the final over of the match against Mumbai Indians at M Chinnaswamy Stadium on Thursday night (April 4).
In a thrilling finish to RCB's IPL 6 opening match, Vinay bowled superbly to give the home team a two-run win in front of a full house. RCB had made 156/5 in 20 overs and kept Mumbai to 154/5.
A day after that exciting finish, ThatsCricket caught up with Vinay for an exclusive chat. The 29-year-old mentioned that the experience of bowling final overs helped and he was not under pressure when compared to 2-3 years back.
"This was not the first time I was entrusted with the responsibility of bowling the final over. I had bowled three times before. The plan was to stick to my normal bowling and it paid off," Vinay said on Friday.
"For any match, there is pressure and it was no different. However, compared to last two to three years, I am confident of handling pressure now," he added.
When Vinay came to bowl the 20th over, Dinesh Karthik and Ambati Rayudu had turned the match towards Mumbai with a half century partnership. They needed 10 off 6 balls. But both batsmen were dismissed by the Davangere speedster in successive balls.
Vinay stated that he wanted to bowl yorkers to big-hitting Pollard and it worked. Pollared faced the final two balls of the match.
"I wanted to bowl yorkers to Pollard. I felt I had more chance with yorkers against him. Even though the fifth ball turned into a low full toss and he hit me for a four, I wanted to bowl same for the final delivery which I did and we won," Vinay said.
The final ball where four was needed, Pollard managed just a single and Vinay had won the game for RCB. He finished with figures of 3/27 in four overs.
When queried which was the most satisfying dismissal, Vinay said Rayudu's wicket was more crucial but was quick to add that all three made him happy.
"Rayudu's wicket was crucial. He is a dangerous batsman. Last year Rayudu and Pollard had taken the game away from us But I would say all three were good wickets for me (Rohit Sharma, Karthik and Rayudu)," he recalled.
Vinay said that he was not thinking of taking a hat-trick and wanted to just contain the batsman. Harbhajan Singh faced the hat-trick ball and played it out for a single. "I was not thinking of a hat-trick. My aim was to contain the batsman," he said.
Vinay said the players believed in each other and were confident of defending 156.
He praised Chris Gayle for the way he bats. "Gayle is a superb batsman. It is a big advantage for us to have in the team. Most bowlers don't want to bowl to him."
Vinay said that the Chinnaswamy Stadium pitch helped the bowlers initially. "It was a dicey wicket initially. Our aim at the innings break was to taken early wickets," he said.
Even when Karthik hit Daniel Christian for three successive sixes in the 17th over, Vinay and his team-mates did not panic as they had the belief that game could change in the space of few deliveries.
"In Twenty20 matches, batsmen often take chances and about 70% of the time they succeed. The same happened in Christian's over. He bowled well. We had the belief and we won," he concluded.