IPL 2020: Opener AB de Villiers shines as Team Chahal defeats Team Kohli in ‘extremely hot’ conditions (Video)
Team Yuzvendra Chahal tasted success over Team Virat Kohli in RCB's intra-squad practice match in Dubai ahead of IPL 2020. Watch the video of the match and what the players said
Dubai: Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) played an intra-squad match in the UAE ahead of their opening match of IPL 2020. Team Yuzvendra Chahal faced Team Virat Kohli in hot and humid conditions.
The official Twitter handle of RCB shared the video of the match and the franchise’s director of cricket Mike Hesson described the conditions as “challenging”.
The match was won by Chahal’s team which included AB de Villiers, who opened the batting and scored 43 runs off 33. He was the top-scorer for his side.
Team Kohli faltered in the run chase of 126 as left-arm spinner Shahbaz Ahmed took three wickets for Team Chahal.
With this, Chahal has maintained 100% captaincy record for RCB, in practice games. According to the players, the wicket was not easy to bat on. De Villiers said the pitch was “slow and difficult” and conditions were “extremely hot”.
Hesson said Chahal will be part of RCB’s leadership group. Head coach Simon Katich said Chahal was pumped up when he heard the news of him being the captain of one of the teams.
In the video, Chahal said, “I love this job. I have done this in the past too. My captaincy record is 100%.”
Before he went into open the batting with De Villiers, Devdutt Padikkal said, “I am very excited to open the batting (with De Villiers). He is such an experienced player. There is so much to learn from him.
Paceman Umesh Yadav, when asked about playing under new captain Chahal, he joked, “Who is he?” as the leg-spinner watched and replied, “He is bowling first three overs.”
IPL 2020 will be played from September 19 to November 10. The opening game is between defending champions Mumbai Indians (MI) and Chennai Super Kings (CSK). RCB open campaign against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) on September 21.