After registering a close seven-wicket win over the Delhi Capitals (DC), Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) skipper, Virat Kohli said that pulling off a chase will give his team a morale boost ahead of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 playoffs. A last-ball six by KS Bharat helped RCB get over the line river DC in a thrilling finish to their last league match.
Bharat played a match-winning unbeaten knock of 78 runs while Glenn Maxwell amassed 51 runs in 33 deliveries as RCB chased down the 165-run target in Dubai. Kohli pointed out that RCB had nothing to lose and despite losing early wickets, his team managed to complete the season double over the table-toppers DC on Friday.
Talking about the win, during the post-match presentation, Virat Kohli said, “Unbelievable. It was a game we had nothing to lose but still to lose early wickets and do well against a team at the top of the table is good. We’ve beaten them twice this season. We knew bowlers had the potential to keep things under control. The way AB and KS first batted was good.”
Virat Kohli was full of praise for Bharat and Maxwell who made a brilliant 4th wicket partnership of 111 runs which helped RCB to over the line against Delhi Capitals, who finished on top of the league standings despite the loss in the final game.
Talking about the partnership, the RCB skipper explained, “And then the partnership between Maxi and KS was amazing. We knew the reality of getting second was a 163-run win, so we chose to field first. Pulling off a chase gives you a different kind of confidence going into a playoff. And we haven’t chased much in the tournament, so it’s also important to do well batting second. You should be able to pull out anything you need on the day of the game.”
Virat Kohli concluded, “We wanted to give Christian some time with the bat. We took that chance. It didn’t come off, but we had no issues. Bharat has given some good knocks and we knew he can step in at No. 3, bat well against spin too. I definitely think we need to be sharper in the field. We need to take the 50-50 opportunities in our way. Those runs are crucial in big games. When it comes to the playoffs, no team will give you a second chance.”