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IPL 2017: Daniel Vettori Defends Dropping Chris Gayle Against Rising Pune Supergiant

PTI |April 17, 2017, 1:09 PM IST
IPL 2017: Daniel Vettori Defends Dropping Chris Gayle Against Rising Pune Supergiant

Bengaluru: Royal Challengers Bangalore head coach Daniel Vettori has defended the dropping of Chris Gayle to bring in Shane Watson in his side's IPL match against Rising Pune Supergiant, saying he felt his team was a bowler short in the earlier matches.

"After the Mumbai Indians game, we thought we had a bowler short and Watson gives us the opportunity as he is a proven performer with both bat and ball. He has been a wonderful Twenty20 all-rounder and we decided to back Watson for his all-round skills, Vettori said after RCB lost to RPS by 27 runs on Sunday.

Watson failed miserably both with the bat and ball. He conceded 44 runs in his four overs and made 14 while batting as he fell to Ben Stokes at a crucial stage of the match.

Vettori said conceding far too many runs in the final couple of overs after bowling tightly in the earlier 18 overs brought a lot of pressure on the team.

"We bowled tightly in the first 18 overs but went away with the plan in the last two overs which cost us 30 runs. It was 15 runs too many and that put us under immense pressure," Vettori said.

On low-scoring nature of Chinnaswamy wicket so far, Vettori said it, however, made for entertaining cricket.

"The Chinnaswamy wicket has not been a bad one for T20s.

It has been exciting for the bowlers. All the matches here have been entertaining. It is different and we need to adapt.

We have not been able to mirror the performance we had against Delhi Daredevils," Vettori said.

Cricket World Cup Points Table

Pos Team P W L T/NR PTS NRR
1
IND
9 7 1 1 15 +0.80
2
AUS
9 7 2 0 14 +0.86
3
ENG
9 6 3 0 12 +1.15
4
NZ
9 5 3 1 11 +0.17
5
PAK
9 5 3 1 11 -0.43
6
SL
9 3 4 2 8 -0.91
7
SA
9 3 5 1 7 -0.03
8
BAN
9 3 5 1 7 -0.41
9
WI
9 2 6 1 5 -0.22
10
AFG
9 0 9 0 0 -1.32

Team Rankings

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 6420 123
2 India 6807 122
3 New Zealand 4763 113
4 Australia 5470 112
5 South Africa 5193 110
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
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