New Delhi | Jagran Sports Desk: Netizens were left baffled over Royal Challengers Bangalore’s decision to send youngsters Washington Sundar and Shivam Dube to bat ahead of AB de Villiers at critical junctures of match 31 of the Indian Premier League 2020 against Kings XI Punjab on Thursday.

Bangalore had lost its openers Devdutt Padikkal and Aaron Finch in the first seven overs. To the surprise of fans and pandits alike, the team decided to send first Washington Sundar and then Shivam Dube, even though skipper Virat Kohli was batting on the other end. 

De Villiers did not come out to bat until the end of sixteenth over, when Royal Challengers Bangalore had lost half their side for just 134. The move backfired as de Villiers was dismissed for just 2 by Mohammed Shami in the eighteenth over of the match.

Here are some of the reactions on Twitter:

Bangalore managed to score 171 even after successive dismissals of Kohli and de Villiers, owing to a flurry of boundaries by Chris Morris in the final overs. Chasing the total, Punjab got off to a good start, briefly lost its way in the final overs, but managed to reach the target on the last delivery. 

Posted By: Lakshay Raja