Simon Katich, Head coach of Royal Challengers Bangalore, has talked about the positives which he will take from the defeat suffered by the hands of Mumbai Indians.
RCB were blown away by a Surya Kumar Yadav havoc as the MI batsman 79 from 43 balls and completed the chase of 165. Earlier RCB posted a modest total of 164 with the help of openers Devdutt Padikkal as Josh Philippe as the team collapsed from 131/2 to 138/6.
We did many things really well today: Simon Katich
Simon Katich, after the match, pointed out the performances of their openers as big positive takeaways for his side. RCB dropped their regular opener, Aaron Finch, after several mediocre scores and replaced him with compatriot Josh Philippe. Philippe and Padikkal gave a strong start to RCB with a partnership of 71 runs in 7.5 overs. Padikkal registered another half-century, his fourth of the season.
Katich said that the openers got them to a great start; however, the middle-order couldn’t capitalize on it. He believes 164 was never good enough and is disappointed with the result, but feels that the team will bounce back from this loss.
During the post-match press conference, Simon Katich said, “I think Mumbai outplayed us. But we did many things really well today. The big positive was the two youngsters at the top of the order, Paddikal and Philippe. They got us off to a great start… but 164 was not enough and Mumbai deserve the result… Disappointing result. But I am sure we will bounce back positively.”
The Australians knew that they needed early wickets. But Surya Kumar Yadav held one end of the inning and RCB was never really on top of MI. He praised Surya Kumar for his magnificent inning as the right-hander kept the momentum in MI’s favour with timely boundaries.
“We knew that we had to take some early wickets as it was not a huge score. But felt that we could defend it if we get wickets at the right time. But that did not happen. Suryakumar played magnificent innings and got the momentum back in their favor,” he added.
Mumbai moves to 16 points and has strengthened their hold for a top-two spot. RCB is still at the second spot and tied with Delhi Capitals at 14 points, and both teams have two games each. Bangalore will meet Sunrisers Hyderabad on Saturday in Sharjah.