IPL 2021: RCB vs SRH ©BCCI/IPL
Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) captain Virat Kohli said that he considered the 150-run target for SRH a victory. RCB batsmen struggled on a slow pitch, scoring 149/8 in their 20 overs, and SRH knew that they were on track to win by 96/1 runs after a 13-over set with captain David Warner. But Shahbaz Ahmed kept the game on his head by throwing three wickets in the 17th over as SRH suffered an incredible defeat and RCB got a resounding win.
Speaking in the post-match presser, Kohli said that he told his team that it would not be easy for the opposition if they struggle to reach 149.
“I told him that if we argue from 149 then it is tough for the opposition. I really believe we can win by 150.”
“The wicket was never a belter and we were under pressure tonight,” he said.
“It was a top game for us and it’s probably going to be more and more difficult. You’ve seen it in KKR vs. MI – you’ve never really been out of the game. Recalling the fall,” he said.
He said, “The wicket kept getting harder and harder with the old ball. The RCB captain, reflecting the batting performance of the team, said, “It should have got in the first six overs, but for us Maxi gave us that momentum and brought us closer to 150.”
Glenn Maxwell scored 59 off 41 balls with the bowlers being attacked at the end of SRH.
Kohli also praised Harshal Patel, who did better at the time of his death, which he had in mind for RCB management while trading in the Delhi capitals.
“We have a clear plan and the support of our players. Herschel left Delhi for a role, ”said Kohli.
Herschel conceded just 25 runs from his four overs and two wickets helped RCB get out prematurely.
The win pushed RCB to the top of the points table, winning both of their opening matches.