Needing just nine off the last over, Royal Challengers Bangalore could manage only seven, thanks largely to Vinay Kumar's superb bowling, besides a breathtaking catch by Chris Lynn that enabled the Knight Riders stage a dramatic fightback to pull off a two-run win in a thrilling last-ball finish on Thursday night.
"This performance will help me become a more matured bowler and keep me high on confidence going into the remaining games. Hopefully, I can turn up for my team every time and put up a good show," said Vinay Kumar.
Vinay, who had earlier been a part of the RCB outfit, said he had faced such tense situations in the past also and had successfully defended totals in the last over.
"I had successfully defended quite a few games in the last over last year. I am used to being under such tense situations and I try to get better with every outing. Even while practising, I try to put myself into such situations during practise, which has helped me perform when needed," he said.
Elaborating on what was going through his mind when he was asked to bowl the final over, Vinay explained: "I just backed myself to bowl in the areas that were my strengths. At the start of my run-up, I told myself that I had to stick to my plans and bowl at the right length.
"I knew if I bowled in those areas – close to a hundred percent – then it would be very difficult for the batsmen to score runs. I backed my abilities and it paid off."


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