It’s all over for the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) as the finish the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) at the bottom of the table. However, they have spoiled the party of Sunrisers Hyderabad beating them in the last league game to make their qualification tough. As Bangalore end their journey on a winning note, skipper Virat Kohli thanked their fans labelling them as the best in IPL.
Batting first, Hyderabad managed to post 175 runs banking on skipper Kane Williamson half-century. Williamson chipped in with an unbeaten 70 off 43 deliveries, and significant contributions from Martin Guptill and Vijay Shankar helped them cross 150-run mark despite a collapse in the lower middle order. Washington Sundar who came in the playing XI in later stages returned with three wickets to contain Sunrisers Hyderabad to below par target.
Chinnaswamy fans are the best
Meanwhile, in reply, Royal Challengers Bangalore got off to a worst possible start as they were 20 for three within three overs. Parthiv Patel, Virat Kohli, and AB de Villiers were already back in the hut and they were striving for another defeat. But Shimron Hetmyer and Gurkeerat Singh Mann shared a match-winning stand 114 runs to seal the victory. Although Hetmyer and Gurkeerat both got out, Umesh Yadav ensured they go home safely to finish the campaign on a high.
Although Royal Challengers Bangalore have had a tough time in the league, the Bangalore fans have turned out in huge numbers to support their players. Virat acknowledged the fans and admitted that the support have grown bigger and stated that they are thankful and grateful for the fans. He also added that he is emotionally attached to this team.
The Bangalore skipper vouched to improve their performance in the next years and give the fans what they deserve. In conclusion, Virat Kohli termed the Chinnaswamy fans as the best in the IPL.
“I just want to tell all the people in the stadium that it has been such a long time playing in this stadium and every year we come, the support is better. Hats-off to you guys for turning up in numbers. We are so thankful and so grateful to have fans like you all. I can certainly feel your pain. I am emotionally attached to this team like all of you.
And next year we will definitely improve our performance. And give you guys what you deserve in return. Thanks again for coming out in huge numbers. You are the best fans in the IPL,” Virat Kohli said after the end of the game.