Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) skipper Virat Kohli displayed plenty of emotions on the field after Srikar Bharat hit a six off the final ball to help RCB beat Delhi Capitals (DC) by 7 wickets. Five runs were needed off the last ball when Bharat nailed a full toss from Avesh Khan over long to score the winning runs.
“Unbelievable game. We had nothing to lose, but it was a competitive game which is always the case in the IPL. We have beaten them twice now. The way AB batted in the beginning and then with KS and Maxwell, in the end, was unbelievable.“
“The reality was that we had to win by 160 runs, and we thought that there could be a collapse or something. We thought of it the other way around. This gives us the confidence that we can pull off a game from any situation. We haven’t chased much in this tournament,” Kohli said at the post-match presentation ceremony.
“A win like this gives you confidence” – Virat Kohli
The match seemed to be slipping away from RCB during the run chase after AB de Villiers fell to Axar Patel. The score read 55/3 in the 10th over and it was only going to get tougher. Srikar Bharat teamed up with Glenn Maxwell to apply the finishing touches in a dramatic fashion.
“Number three hasn’t been an issue. We wanted to give Christian some time, he was batting really well in the middle. We took that chance and it didn’t come off. We knew KS was a guy who could come in at three at any stage. I think we need to sharpen up in the field.“
“A win like this gives you the confidence. We have played well in Sharjah. We have been able to handle the conditions and keep the opposition in check if things have gotten away from us. We have the experience already and we need to utilize it as much as possible to keep moving on in this tournament,” Kohli added.
RCB will play against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the Eliminator on October 11 in Sharjah.
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