Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) marked their seventh victory on Wednesday as they won the match by eight wickets against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR).
Kolkata Knight Riders won the toss and elected to bat first. Batting first, KKR managed to score only 84 runs for 8 in the allotted 20 overs. It was the lowest score made by any team in the ongoing season of the IPL.
Except for Eoin Morgan and Lockie Ferguson, no one in the team contributed much for their side. While Rahul Tripathi (1) and Nitish Rana (0) were dismissed in the second over, Shubman Gill departed in the third over for 1. The fourth wicket of KKR fell in the form of Tom Banton (10) in the fourth over.
Dinesh Karthik, once again failed in making an impact as he managed to score only 4 runs. Skipper Eoin Morgan has performed well and contributed 30 runs for his side and got dismissed in the 16th over.
In reply, Royal Challengers Bangalore won the match in just 13.3 over. Devdutt Padikkal (25) and Aaron Finch (16) played well for their side but got dismissed by Lockie Ferguson in the seventh over. After this, Gurkeerat Mann Singh (21) and Virat Kohli (18) led the team and won the match by 8 wickets in the 14th over.
Speaking in the post-match conference, Virat Kohli said that he was happy that they lose the toss as the pitch looked drier to him. He also said that he was thinking to send Washington Sundar for the first over and bring Morris for the second but then he thought to go with Siraj.
“It was a late call to be honest (to give Siraj the new ball). Was thinking of giving Washy. When we got here, we saw the surface, it looked drier. At the toss, I said that it was a good toss to lose. We would have batted first but the pitch just seemed to look much better under lights. We had the option of the plan to start with Washi and bring Morris in the second over, then we thought let’s give Siraj the new ball with Morris. Let him set the tone and then let Siraj try and swing the ball,” said Kohli.
“We have a plan A, we have a plan B, and people are executing it that’s why it’s looking good. Contrary to the public belief, I don’t think a lot of people have belief in RCB. I do, guys in the changeroom do and that’s all that matters. We are just here to execute our plans in place. We do have the skills. You can have the best players in the world but if you don’t have the belief then you won’t have results on the field.”
Further, he hailed Chris Morris and Mohammed Siraj for their sensational performance in the match.
Mohammed Siraj took three wickets and also bowled two maiden overs in the match. He became the only player to achieve this feat in the IPL
“Morris is loving the responsibility. He likes to be in a leadership role within the team. Even against Kings, he tried to york Gayle, that showed heart. He never loses belief and that’s contagious. His energy is amazing. A great, great addition to our squad. (On Siraj’s performance) Last year he had a tough year. A lot of people went quite hard at him. This time around he worked hard, he was really determined. He’s seeing the result now and we want him to continue,” he concluded.
With this win, Royal Challengers Bangalore moved to the second spot of the points table with 14 points, meanwhile, KKR remains on fourth.