Fatigue won't be a factor, says RCB skipper Vettori

Should Royal Challengers Bangalore put it past Mumbai Indians and make it to Saturday’s final, they would be playing thrice in five days. “If we play three games, that means we have won tomorrow, so I don’t feel the players will feel tired,” the Challengers’ skipper said on Thursday evening. “Especially in a final, the guys will be ready and up for it. I have always maintained that it’s the travel that is harder than playing matches. Here, both matches are in the same venue, so there is no travel which is good.”Vettori said the team had put behind it the shattering loss to Chennai Super Kings in Mumbai on Tuesday. “The team is in pretty good stead,” he insisted. “We realised the small things that went wrong in the last five overs. Prior to that, everything went as per plan. We are looking forward to this game. We are happy with the way we are batting, we will go in looking for a slight improvement in the bowling.”

The Challengers have been heavily dependent at the top of the batting order but on Tuesday, despite the West Indian falling cheaply, the team amassed 175. “We know Chris has played well and he has been the main scorer for us this season, winning so many games for us,” Vettori said. “But we are still confident that we can win games even if he doesn’t perform. “Virat (Kohli) batted superbly, he has played well in the whole tournament and continued to maintain his good form. I think his last innings was the best of his knocks so far. Our batting has been pretty good in the whole tournament and sooner or later, we will do it with our bowling also.”

The return to wicket-taking ways of Zaheer Khan has left Vettori delighted. “In the last two games, Zaheer has been at his best and has picked up wickets up front, which is massive in T20 games. I have been really pleased with the way he has bowled.”

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