Chris Lynn scored a fifty as Kolkata Knight Riders beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by six wickets in an IPL 2018 match in Bangalore on Sunday.
Chris Lynn, MoM: Sort of been that type of season for me. Hasn’t been freeflowing. Not easy on those kind of wickets. Had to find a way, and bit of luck on my side tonight. Too hard to hit down the ground, those boys had it on a string there. Sweeping was the method which I found to work for me. Got to play every situation. Kolkata doesn’t turn as much, gets through quicker. Might be easier to score boundaries there. Whatever the team needs, I’ll do the job. Body is getting there. Support staff have been very good. Schedule’s tight, but I’m keeping the body intact. Got to keep the moustache now. Was going to get rid of it yesterday. Now we’ve got to get it trending in Kolkata. It’s all about having fun here in the IPL.
Karthik, KKR captain: There’s nothing special, nothing too bad about it, we’re right in the middle. Important we use some momentum that we got here Thought it was a par score. With AB not being there, we knew Virat was the big wicket. But he’s Virat, he came out all guns blazing. I’m somebody who believes in trusting the eleven players, not making too many changes. I have a lot of time for them in life (U-19 players). They’re great kids. They’re learning. After winning a World Cup you generally have a bit of a chip on the shoulder, but not these guys. Credit to Rahul Dravid too. They always have to say good things about him. When somebody like that is a coach at the U-19 level, it’s going to help you. Always trying to make sure to win the game. It’s always the path I’m trying to take when I go into bat.
Virat Kohli, RCB captain: The pitch is bringing out surprises everytime we bat. Looked better than it played. 175 was a really good score I felt. If we field like that, we don’t deserve to win. We need to be hard on ourselves and be more brave with the ball and in the field, we need to correct those things going forward. We didn’t deserve to win with the way we fielded. We weren’t just good enough tonight. I can’t pin-point anything at this point. We got to win 6 out of 7 to qualify from here. We need to be in that mindset to take every match as a virtual semi-final from here and there’s no room for complacency. Need guys stepping up their game at the right time. Hopefully, they understand that moving forward.