Chasing 150, SunRisers Hyderabad were cruising at 1/96 after 13.1 overs but the wicket of David Warner proved to be the turning point as they managed a mere 47 runs and lost seven wickets in the process to hand RCB their second successive defeat of the season.
Kohli hailed Glenn Maxwell’s half-century as the difference between the two sides and revealed that he wasn’t too perturbed at the halfway mark, given that RCB had only managed 149.
Virat Kohli added that he told his team the wicket wasn’t easy to bat on and that if they had struggled, the opposition will also find it difficult.
And, that is exactly what happened after David Warner got out as Shahbaz Ahmed claimed three wickets in one over to break the back of SRH’s batting and Harshal Patel backed it up with brilliant death bowling.
The RCB skipper said his teams’ execution of plans was spot on and the fact that he had so many bowling options at his disposal made it easier for him.
RCB has won the first two games of the season for the first time in their history but Virat Kohli said that the team isn’t over-excited about the results as they are more focused on the execution of their plans this season.
‘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 innings was the difference for us. To be very honest, we are not over excited with wins this season. We have plans. We traded Harshal from Delhi, gave him a specific role and he’s doing a great job,” said Virat Kohli at the post-match presentation.
With two wins in as many games, the Virat Kohli-led RCB is on the top of the table. They will now face Kolkata Knight Riders in Chennai on April 18.