Daniel Vettori has conceded the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) are still looking to find the right balance, after the team suffered a 27-run defeat at the hands of Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) on Sunday night, in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL). Chasing 162 to win, RCB could manage a mere 134 for 9 and suffered fourth loss in the IPL 10 out of five matches played so far. RCB made a tactical change by bringing in Shane Watson in place of Chris Gayle, who was dropped from their previous clash against Mumbai Indians. Vettori also defended the wicket at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru, saying his team needs to adapt. FULL SCORECARD: RCB vs RPS – Match 17
“The thing in the IPL is that you are constantly searching for the right balance and we thought after the Mumbai game we were down by a bowler and Shane (Watson) offers both bowling and batting and he has been such a successful all-rounder in T20 cricket for a long period of time so we made this decision to back Shane because of his all-round contribution,” Vettori said during the press meet post RCB’s IPL 2017 clash against RPS at Bengaluru.
On the question about RCB’s struggles on the pitch at their home venue, Vettori was quoted as saying by iplt20.com, “That does not mean it is not a good T20 wicket. It has been exciting for the bowlers. All three games that have been here have been really entertaining and I think we have shown that we can compete on this wicket. There is no point getting caught up around the old Chinnaswamy wicket, this is different and we just need to adapt like we did in the Delhi game. But we have not been able to mirror that performance in the last two games.
Vettori defended RCB’s call to drop Gayle in favour of Watson, who had an ordinary game. “It is not just Chris (Gayle), there are a lot of overseas players, local players who have to step up and perform after missing a few games or not being in their best form. We know Chris is a proven performer and we know if we can get on a roll then we can utilise Chris in a positive manner. But at this stage we are just trying to find the right balance because we have not been able to find it,” he said.
The RCB head coach also rued the fact that his side gave away too many runs to their opponents in the ending stages of the first half of the contest. “Look we set the example for ourselves in the first 18 overs, we hit the back of the length, we took 4 wickets for 7 runs bowling at the stumps and then we went away from that plan in the last 2 overs and it cost us I think 30 runs, probably say 15-18 too many when you look at the end of the game and the pressure we put on ourselves, trying to get those extra runs probably was the difference to me,” Vettori explained.