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Virat Kohli hails DC as “tough team to beat”

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Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) skipper Virat Kohli praised the Delhi Capitals (DC) squad lead by Shreyas Iyer and hailed it as a tough team to beat in IPL 2020. The appreciation comes minutes after facing a 59-run defeat at the hands of Delhi Capitals.

Virat Kohli, during the post-match presentation, said: “DC are playing some really good cricket. Their batting is fearless. They have got pace, they have got good spinners. I won’t say they are unbeatable, but they will be hard to beat. Against this side, you have to bring your ‘A’ game. We didn’t tonight.”

“It didn’t go our way. They got off to a great start, in the next eight we pulled them back, but the chase got away from us,” Kohli said.

The RCB skipper said: “As I said, we need to grab important chances. It is not like we are dropping half chances, but sitters. Again the execution at the end was not spot on.”

Virat Kohli confident that RCB will bounce back

Despite the loss, Virat Kohli is confident that his team can bounce back, and said that they are playing good cricket. They next play three-time champions Chennai Super Kings on Saturday at the same venue.

“We have four days before the next game so hopefully we will be ready. The good thing is we have won three out of five. We know we are playing good cricket. We just need to be professional in those big moments,” he added.

Delhi Capitals scored 196 runs

Virat Kohli won the toss and opted to bowl first at Dubai International Cricket Stadium. However, his decision backfired as Delhi openers Prithvi Shaw and Shikhar Dhawan raced to 68 runs in just 6.4 overs.

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RCB managed to stall the flow of runs for a while. Then an onslaught from Marcus Stoinis and Rishabh Pant meant that Kohli & Co needed to chase more than 20 runs above the average score of 170 in Dubai. Delhi Capitals put up a total of 196 runs on the scoreboard for the RCB to chase.

RCB’s batsmen failed to impress

With Devdutt Padikkal failing to fire, RCB needed their superstars Kohli and AB de Villiers to bat till the end.  But their second-highest score, 17 off 11, came from Washington Sundar. De Villiers just managed nine runs, while Moeen Ali, who was playing his first match scored 11.

Delhi Capitals on top of points table

The victory helped Delhi to go top of the IPL 2020 points table with eight points from four wins and a defeat. On the other hand, Bangalore is third with six points from three wins and a couple of defeats from an equal number of outings.

 

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