After a 13-run win over Chennai Super Kings (RCB) in Match 49 of IPL 2022 at Pune, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) all-rounder Glenn Maxwell lauded his team's bowling unit.
Harshal Patel (3/35) and Glenn Maxwell (2/22) bowled brilliantly to help Royal Challengers Bangalore beat Chennai Super Kings at MCA stadium in Pune.
Devon Conway (56), Moeen Ali (34) and Ruturaj Gaikwad (28) batted bravely to keep CSK's dreams alive, but they were not enough to beat Bangalore as a unit, as their bowlers stepped up under pressure. RCB also had contributions from Shahbaz Ahmed (1/27), Josh Hazlewood (1/19), and Wanindu Hasaranga (1/31).
"Over the moon. Really good bowling effort. We felt there is enough tackiness in the wicket that we were able to exploit with the spinners and for the pacers to hold their nerve against some powerful death hitters to finish off the game was good. The way Moeen and Jadeja bowled, it showed the finger spinners were getting a bit of hold and grip," Glenn Maxwell told Star Sports in a post-match presentation.
Maxwell also stated that he was bowling a decent length ball around the stumps with a seam angle, which resulted in the wicket of Robin Uthappa.
"For me, it was about bowling within the stumps and changing the seam angle to try and get that variable spin. It helps that they had two lefties and I was able to spin the ball away. Just gives us another option with the ball at the back end as well. Shuts down one side of the ground [on bowling from round the wicket to the right-hander]. The Robin one if I do that from over the stumps, would have been more of a pull shot, which is his strength. To cramp him and not give room was key I guess," he added.
The all-rounder is hoping to see RCB reach break into the top four, and he believes they are on the right track.
"Hopefully, we can ride this momentum and winning momentum is hard to stop. Our bowling group are starting to gel and I feel we are going in the right direction. Hopefully, we haven't left it too late and we can peak right towards the finals and find a way into the top four and do some damage in the finals”, said Maxwell.
With the win, RCB are now in fourth place in the points table with 12 points, while CSK are in ninth place with six points. RCB will face Sunrisers Hyderabad at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Sunday after defeating MS Dhoni's CSK.