Royal Challengers Bangalore won their 5th match out of 7 played in IPL 2020 on Monday against KKR by a huge margin. They have leaped to the 3rd position in the points table replacing Kolkata Knight Riders.
RCB won the toss and elected to bat first. RCB players Devdutt Padikkal, Aaron Finch, Virat Kohli, and AB de Villiers contributed to putting up the mammoth score of 194 runs. For the first wicket partnership, Padikkal and Finch added 67 runs. Kohli and de Villiers partnered to add another 100 runs. De Villiers made 73 off just 33 deliveries.
During their chase, the batting line-up of Dinesh Karthik-led side went feeble. KKR kept losing wickets on by one and finished their innings at 112/9. Only Shubman Gill (34 runs) scored the top for KKR. The other batsmen like Tom Banton, Eoin Morgan, Nitish Rana, Andre Russell, and the skipper himself, Dinesh Karthik failed to deliver with the bat.
Virat Kohli’s reaction
RCB is the team that has not won its maiden IPL trophy yet. With the steady performance of the team, fans and critics are getting their hopes high for this IPL season. Virat Kohli conveyed his happiness at the manner his team is performing and executing the plans in IPL 2020. He was interacting with the media after the match on Monday. Kohli was also quick to praise AB de Villiers, especially for his wonderful performance. He further added that as they were camping for three weeks before the start of the tournament, their preparation went well and he is very happy with the outcome.
“They’ve played good cricket in this IPL. Coming here, it was important to get the right start. Great to see individuals step up when the team requires. The Bowling unit, with Morris coming in, looks all the more potent. Very happy. At the toss, the pitch didn’t have the usual Sharjah sheen. Knew the wicket was going to get slower and slower. Barring one super-human, everyone struggled on that pitch. The talk was around 165-170.“
“Preparation was really good. Three-week camp helped us. Have clarity of plans. Know exactly what we want to do on the field. It all depends on the mindset. It’s very positive. If your bowling unit is strong, you have a great chance of going deep in the tournament,” said Kohli.
Kohli praised AB de Villiers exclusively
Praising de Villiers, Kohli said that the knock of his wonderful teammate was special. Kohli added that his team could score the huge runs just of de Villiers. In his concluding lines, he said that he does want to be satisfied after the decent start in the IPL.
“Was unbelievable. I thought I had a few balls under my belt so I’ll start striking. But he came in and hit his third ball nicely. On a pitch like that, only AB can do that. It was a special knock. We got 195 purely because of the genius of that man. Always things you can reflect on and say you can improve on these things. All about taking this momentum forward. Don’t want to be complacent,” he said.