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Why RCB will have confidence going into IPL play-offs

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October 09, 2021 10:03 IST
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'To lose wickets and to still beat the team at the top of the table feels good. We have beaten them twice now.'

Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli celebrates with AB de Villiers after victory over Delhi Capitals in the Indian Premier League match, in Dubai, on Friday.

IMAGE: Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli celebrates with AB de Villiers after victory over Delhi Capitals in the Indian Premier League match, in Dubai, on Friday. Photograph: BCCI

Skipper Virat Kohli said the manner in which his side beat Delhi Capitals will give Royal Challengers Bangalore "the confidence to pull off a game from any situation" in the IPL play-offs.

A last-ball six by K S Bharat (78 not out) gave the Royal Challengers a thrilling seven-wicket victory after they needed 15 from the last over.

 

"Unbelievable game. We had nothing to lose, but it was a competitive game which is always the case in the IPL. This gives us the confidence that we can pull off a game from any situation," Kohli said after the match.

Table-toppers Delhi Capitals had set third-placed RCB a target of 165 after they were sent in to bat.

"To lose wickets and to still beat the team at the top of the table feels good. We have beaten them twice now. The way A B (de Villiers) batted in the beginning and then with K S (Bharat) and (Glenn) Maxwell in the end was unbelievable."

Wicketkeeper Bharat was promoted to number three and he delivered in style.

"We thought that there could be a collapse or something. We thought of it the other way around. We haven't chased much in this tournament. Number three hasn't been an issue.

"We wanted to give (Dan) Christian some time; he was batting really well in the middle. We took that chance and it didn't come off.

"We knew KS was a guy who could come in at three at any stage. I think we need to sharpen up in the field. Sometimes the boundaries that go at crucial stages, could be critical. You need to be switched on always."

"A win like this gives you the confidence. We have played well in Sharjah. We have been able to handle the conditions and keep the opposition in check if things have gotten away from us."

Delhi dropped a few catches on the day, including giving Maxwell (51) a life, and those misses cost them in the end.

"See, in T20s, you talk a lot about fielding and if you field like we did tonight, the other team deserves to win," DC skipper Rishabh Pant said.

"We lost too many wickets in the middle, but I think the total was decent enough on this kind of a wicket, but we need to do better in the field next time. We were trying to keep it simple most of the time, but it was difficult for the bowler to grip the ball due to the dew.

"Not feeling great at the moment, these are the kind of games you'd need to win, but we did put in our 100 percent."

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