On Monday, Virat Kohli, the captain of Royal Challengers Bangalore describes AB de
Villiers, his team mate’s knock of 73 not out of 33 balls, as a superhuman effort that went on to fetch them a comprehensive victory against the Kolkata Knight Riders as all other batsmen struggled in the Sharjah pitch that was dry.
A massive 82-run win was registered by RCB as they rode on the back of batting pyrotechnics by de Villiers along with the guile of the spin duo Washington Sundar (2/20) and Yuzvendra Chahal (1/12) as they were instrumental in stifling the score of KKR to a paltry 112 for 9 as they were chasing a target of 195.
In the post-match presentation, Kohli said that the pitch was dry and it was a pleasant day so dew was unexpected. All other batsmen struggled on the pitch despite one superhuman. All of them spoke of getting around 165 but RCB managed to get 194 and it was an unbelievable effort.
Kohli further added that he had a few balls under his belt and thought of starting to strike. De Villiers came in and felt good by striking just the third ball. It has been a fabulous knock by AB de Villiers as he stole the show with his brilliant batting.
Virat Kohli remained unbeaten at the score of 33 from just 28 balls and thanked AB de Villiers for his genius batting that led the side to the score of 194 for the loss of two wickets.
He said that he was very happy to string a partnership of 100 runs together as he was in the best possible seat to watch the knock.
Kohli spoke about the win and said that it was a tremendous victory against strong opposition as the team heads for a busy week and it was very important for them to be back on a winning streak. The bowling also looked formidable with the comeback of Chris Morris.
De Villiers, who played the stupendous knock was awarded the man of the match.
He also added that he got out for a terrible duck in the last match. He also felt happy with his contribution. He honestly said that he surprised himself as they were headed for something like 140-150 and thought of trying 160-165 but quite surprisingly reached 194.
He also added that the margins were very small as Russell and Cummins were running in and to keep the momentum going, every bit of energy is needed.
He also said that keeping is a different skill and he has been working hard to be up to the mark and be the best.
Dinesh Karthik, the skipper of KKR said that the knock by de Villiers made all the difference. He made the difference between both the teams. RCB could not be restricted to 175 as some things did not fell in place.