Virat Kohli was quick to affirm that he is a ‘Bangalore boy’ as far as the Indian Premier League is concerned when he was asked about a potential knockout fixture between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Delhi Capitals on Monday in Abu Dhabi.
With Mumbai Indians handing a 9-wicket thrashing to Delhi Capitals in the 1st match of Saturday’s double-header and Royal Challengers Bangalore suffering a huge 5-wicket defeat to Sunrisers Hyderabad, DC and RCB are now in a spot of bother as the race for IPL 2020 play-offs is getting spicier with every passing day.
Virat Kohli said he expects a cracker of a contest against Delhi Capitals on Monday. Both RCB and DC have lost momentum at the wrong time in the tournament. While Shreyas Iyer’s men have lost 4 on the trot, Bangalore have faced 3 successive defeats.
The winning team on Monday will not just reach the play-offs but will also be assured of a top 2 finish. But a defeat might be the end of the campaign for one of the two teams, considering their Net Run Rates took massive hits after Saturday’s results at IPL 2020.
“The situation is straightforward: win the last game and finish in the top two. It is going to be a cracker of a game with two teams locked at 14. I have always been a Bangalore boy when it comes to the IPL, and never drifted towards Delhi,” Virat Kohli said.
We were not brave enough: Virat Kohli points fingers at batting display
It was a horror show with the bat by Royal Challengers Bangalore who lacked the application on a difficult wicket in Sharjah. After being sent into bat, RCB lost Devdutt Padikkal and Virat Kohli in the powerplay, thanks to Sandeep Sharma’s fine efffort with the new ball.
Virat Kohli said at the toss that he would have batted had he won it but RCB batsmen came up with an insipid approach. Opener Josh Philippe showed some spark but it was not enough as SRH bowlers kept taking wickets at regular intervals.
“It (the total) was never enough. We thought 140 might be a good total to get into the game, but things changed drastically, which we didn’t predict. It is strange. We thought the weather became pleasant, and there won’t be much dew. I thought we were not brave enough with the bat throughout the innings,” Kohli said.
In 20 overs, RCB managed just 120 for 7 with the only contribution in the middle order coming from AB De Villiers and Washington Sundar. De Villiers was batting with a lot of intent but the pressure put by Rashid Khan meant he had to attack Shahbaz Nadeem, the other spinner who took the big man’s wicket for 24.
Rashid Khan finished with figures of 1 for 24 while Jason Holder and Sandeep Sharma picked up 4 wickets and conceded only 47 runs between them. Left-arm pacer T Natarajan continues to impress as he choked the RCB batting unit with figures of 1/11 in 4 overs.