Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) clinched a humdinger of a match to keep themselves alive in the Indian Premier League (IPL 2018) with a 14-run win over Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in their final home game at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on Thursday.
ABD: It is an amazing feeling. Crazy game of cricket. The crowd got behind us and we managed to pull it through. I felt I was in a bit of a puddle when I got out there. At times we were average. I was very happy that I pulled off that nice catch off. I look to put a bit of pressure on the bowlers and I am human after all. I am either going to falter under pressure or they are. So, I always try to put them under pressure. If I get one or two away and take it forward.I made it look better than actually it was. Got into a bad position, the ball had a bit of a curve on it. The minute I took the jump, I realized a little bit of my body was outside. I just had to put that right and luckily it stuck. It would be great to make the knock-outs. Hopefully we do get through. Lots got to happen. First of all, the most important thing is we need to win the next game. Then it comes down to the run rate and who knows.
Virat Kohli (2/2): Tonight ABD and Moeen were superb with the bat with Colin chipping in. We are pretty comfortable with the side. Moeen has come in and done very well for us. Tonight his knock was superb and hats off to him for grabbing his opportunity. He is providing us the balance that we require. Teams don’t want us to win. That is a great position to be in. We sense fear and pounce. That has been the case. That was Spiderman stuff (about ABD’s catch). You don’t do that as normal human beings. I thought it was going for a six but he pulled it off. I though it was going for a six, but he pulls it out, then the jump and then the balance. I mean he can do freakish things but I am used to it now. His shots still leave me in awe but his fielding I am pretty used to now. Need to thank the crowd as it is our last home game. They have been brilliant and the support is something that we are grateful for.
Virat Kohli (1/2): I have seen many of these games before. Just had to stay calm at the end of it. After a point of time, you need to understand that the bowlers are in control of what they want to do. We have two games like this. The one against Mumbai was something similar. The wicket was very good and in the second innings, there was a lot of dew. Hats off to the bowlers for maintaining the composure and giving us two points. The last three games have been like this with our backs against the wall. We head to Rajasthan with momentum on our side. The team is feeling great. Someone stepping up every time and that is what you expect in a team game.
ABD getting an award for taking the catch of the match. Did I hear it right? Might have been the catch of the season. Scroll through the game just to check how on earth, an alien type effort got ABD taking the catch.
Williamson: I think if we are honest, we missed the trick a little bit with the ball. RCB were fantastic in batting, put us under pressure from ball one and got a good total. When you’re chasing, a lot needs to go your way and you need to make very good decisions. At key times towards the end, the runs didn’t come. The boys fought hard, and we’ll move forward from this. (Thoughts during the innings break) The surface here is tough generally; today was a good wicket obviously. It was important for us to not get carried away early on. The ball flies at this ground, so you can make up. We were close but not close enough. (On what he’s done about his consistency) It’s about playing your role for the team, as well as you can. We played on a number of tough wickets. We have to find that balance and get some momentum. Credit to RCB again; they deserve to win. They bowled nicely towards the end.