Royal Challengers Bangalore 134/9
Run Rate: 6.70
Rising Pune Supergiant 161/8
Run Rate: 8.05
“I was just trying to read the mind of the bowler,” Tiwary said. “I was observing what he [Shane Watson] was trying to do to MS Dhoni. He set a field and bowled differently. He got a wicket in the form of MS. For the kind of field set, I knew he’ll bowl similarly to me. Once the bouncer went for a wide, I knew he wouldn’t bowl another one. He bowled in my areas, he missed his execution and I was up for it. Pretty happy to contributed in the last phase.”
One of the most important aspects of Tiwary’s batting this season has been his fluency at the crease, which he admits hasn’t always been the case in T20 cricket. Before the start of the IPL, his strike rate across 132 T20 matches stood at 114.75. This season, he has blasted 98 runs at a strike rate of 160.65. Rising Pune may have erred by sending Tiwary at No. 7 on Sunday, below Dan Christian, but he made sure his contribution counted.
His enterprising knock helped the team cover up for a middle-overs’ passage when Steven Smith and Dhoni shared a partnership of 58 of 46 deliveries. “It was difficult for the batsmen but I felt that over of Watson obviously, he didn’t apply his brain to be honest, changed it,” Tiwary said. “The wicket was difficult to bat on. If there is moisture underneath, it makes shot-making difficult.”