Virat Kohli expressed his disappointment together with his batsmen not having the partnerships to lead Royal Challengers Bangalore in the chase against Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede Stadium on Tuesday. Chasing 214 for a gain, RCB lost regular wickets and lost the overall game by 46 runs to Mumbai. Only Virat Kohli fought hard and remained unbeaten on 92.
“We only threw it away, and have to reflect on our dismissals. One or two good partnerships would’ve used it for us. Not the 40-45 scores but 80-85 one. But credit to Mumbai who bowled very well,” Kohli said after the match.
He took his run tally to 201 runs in this IPL and was handed the orange cap. He also went past Suresh Raina as the leading run-scorer of Indian Premier League.
“I don’t actually want to wear this (orange cap) right now. Mumbai played well, we didn’t get any chances, and when you have your back contrary to the wall – like they did – they may play fearlessly. We tried our hardest but couldn’t get the breakthroughs in after the two early wickets,” he added.
Winning captain Rohit Sharma was very happy to win their first game this year and said so it was a perfect game for us and it had been great to recuperate from 0 for 2.
“It wasn’t the ideal situation and I believed Umesh bowled in the best areas. There’s always something for the seamers in the very first six overs, however the wicket was still soft when I came in, so just wished to assess the specific situation and pace my innings. Always easier once you take some time in the crease. This is a perfect game for us,” Rohit said.
The Mumbai Indians captain said that they may take lots of confidence from this game going forward and said that he is likely to bat at number four for Mumbai to provide support to middle order.
“We can take lot of confidence from this game and move ahead. Yes, we lost the last three games, but we’ve played good quality cricket. It was exactly about putting a collective performance. The idea behind me at No. 4 is to provide the team some support towards the middle. This is exactly why it’s important with an experienced player in the middle. Whatever I have to do for the team,” he said.
He also praised West Indian opener Evin Lewis who scored a fifty against Bangalore.
“Lewis is very hard to bowl at once he gets in. The other day he played a crucial knock as well, but we did a blunder of not finishing off against Delhi Daredevils. If he continues to bat in this manner, then life is likely to be easier for the other batsmen,” he said.