Tim Southee, the right-arm Royal Challengers Bangalore fast bowler, has come out and stated that RCB's win and their performance against the Mumbai Indians last night was very crucial for his side. Languishing in the bottom half of the Indian Premier League points table, with just 2 wins in 7 games, RCB were playing a virtual knock-out against MI, and they won.
Southee who was warming the bench, for quite a long time, finally got his opportunity and he did really well. He along with Umesh Yadav broke the back of Mumbai's top order, in the run chase of 168, very early in the powerplay itself.
Southee was quoted saying after the game that, “First and foremost, we went to our strongest skill-set and that’s trying to swing the ball,"
“There was a little bit of assistance there with the swing and we were able to take those early wickets. And once it stopped swinging, we adapted to that, to the cross-seam deliveries which were holding on the surface and moving a little bit off the surface as well. We were reasonably smart as a bowling unit and we were able to assess the conditions obviously, as we got the advantage of watching our batters play on it and talking to our batters about what they found tough and the lengths and the variations"
“The way we started with the ball… Mumbai have got a dangerous top order and we were able to not even give them a sniff and take those early wickets,”
RCB eventually won the game by 14 runs and has given themselves a new reign of life in the competition possibly.