IPL 2019: RCB beat KKR by 10 runs

Tanya Simon
April 22, 2019

Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) skipper Virat Kohli slammed his first century of IPL 2019 against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) at the Eden Gardens on Friday.

"You know when you lose cricket games like these; its a sweet and sour feeling". The guys tried very hard tonight.

Also, once the toss takes place, we might modify the teams as per the playing XIs. "If we do the right things we will be back on track", he said.

"I'm disappointed to be honest. I just think that a four and six could've got us over the line", Russell said. Honestly, you have to sometimes be flexible as a team.

Russell justified his thought by saying that when he comes in to bat, Kohli would go to his best bowlers. Looking at the make-up of our team, I would not mind going to bat at No 4. Kohli sprang a surprise by asking Moeen Ali to bowl. In the end, death overs will be hard. He returned after scoring 66 off 28 balls (5x4s, 6x6s). Chasing a victory target of 162 runs, the visitors could manage 160 for eight in the stipulated 20 overs with the help of MS Dhoni's 84 off 48 balls.

Talking about last night's game, Mumbai Indians throttled the Delhi Capitals with a convincing win of 40 runs sending themselves up in the points table. "The momentum that we have in the last partnership between myself and Nitish, I hope that we can actually learn from this and how we can give the guys the belief that it doesn't matter if we are chasing 220, we still can do it".

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Bangalore, still rooted to the bottom of the IPL table after recording just their second win in nine matches, then added 64 from their last four overs as Kohli opened up.

An identical scenario was seen in their opening match against Sunrisers Hyderabad where too Russell's blitzkrieg had sealed the issue for KKR.

"I'm not afraid to get out".

RCB could also take a cue from a similar situation in 2016 when they had lost five of their first seven games, but ended up in the playoffs after winning six of their last seven matches.

"The confidence of doing well in IPL will give me a big boost".

RCB's playoff aspirations are hanging by a thread; they now only have a mathematical chance of progressing beyond the league season, and that too will vanish if they suffer one more loss.

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