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RCB's 'execution under pressure was spot on'

April 15, 2021 00:30 IST
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Shahbaz Ahmed and Virat Kohli celebrate after Royal Challengers Bangalore clinch victory over SunRisers Hyderabd in the IPL match, in Chennai on Wednesday

IMAGE: Shahbaz Ahmed and Virat Kohli celebrate after Royal Challengers Bangalore clinch victory over SunRisers Hyderabad in the IPL match, in Chennai on Wednesday. Photograph: BCCI

Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Virat Kohli refused to get carried away after pulling off a stunning victory over SunRisers Hyderabad in the IPL match in Chennai on Wednesday, insisting his players are ‘not over-excited’.

 

Royal Challengers Bangalore defeated Sunrisers Hyderabad by six runs to register their second straight victory in as many games in the Twenty20 tournament.

Put in to bat, they put up a modest 149 for 8, but defended the total splendidly, restricting David Warner’s SunRisers to 143 for nine.

"To be very honest, we are not over-excited with wins this season. We have plans. We traded Harshal (Patel) from Delhi, gave him a specific role and he's doing a great job," Kohli said, at the post-match presentation.

Kohli, who used seven bowlers against Mumbai Indians last week and Sunrisers on Wednesday, said the luxury of having extra options has helped the team.

"Not as exhausted as I am proud (of the team). You are never really out of the game in these conditions. The extra bowling options made those impact performances in the middle overs.

"I told the guys don't think that we struggled to get to 149. If it was tough for us, it will be tough for them as well. Our execution under pressure was spot on.

“It kept getting tougher and tougher with the old ball. I think Maxi's (Glenn Maxwell) innings was the difference for us," he added.

Losing captain Warner commended his bowlers, but rued the missed chances with the bat.

"Our bowlers were fantastic to restrict them. Maxwell batted well and set the platform. We needed two set batsmen at the end, but we failed to do that. We needed to build a partnership and play proper cricket shots.

"We played cross-batted shots, and that's not the way to play here.

“This hurts! We know how to approach in the upcoming games. We have another three games here and I think the wickets are going to get better," he added. 

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