The Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) finally signed off the proceedings of their Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 campaign on a jubilant note. In their last game of the season, the Virat Kohli-led team recorded an amazing four-wicket victory over the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) at the M.Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on Saturday. SRH skipper Kane Williamson finally came back in form with a splendid knock which in turn helped his team put forward an imposing first innings total on the scoreboard.
While in the second innings, the RCB batsmen pair of Shimron Hetmyer and Gurkeerat Singh Mann stole the show with a staggering century partnership to take the matters towards an enthralling finish.
However, after their wickets, the match did become a little bit tensed for the home team, but then fast bowler Umesh Yadav held his calm to finish off the matters and in turn propelled RCB to an emphatic win. With this victory, the Bengaluru-based franchisee has also ended its home season on a positive note.
We have a lot to learn
After the game, RCB skipper Virat Kohli revealed that how things panned out for them in the second half, had they shown focus, it may have happened in the first half as well. RCB lost six games on the trot which brought them in the firing lines, but they then made an excellent comeback in the tournament by winning five games in the next eight games. Kohli mentioned that they have a lot to learn from this season. He stated that he is very much satisfied with how his team has played in the second half.
“If we focus on the second half, it is exactly what we wanted in the first half. After losing your first six matches, it is very difficult to come back in a tournament like IPL. We have a lot to learn from this season. The first couple of things matters a lot in setting the intensity. We are happy with the way guys have turned things around and the kind of cricket that we have played in the second half,” said Virat Kohli.
Kohli further went on to mention that a lot of credit should go to the team management for getting the team back in the right frame of mind after what happened in the first half. With a tally of 11 points, RCB are currently placed at the bottom lines of the points table. The skipper stated that the team should be proud of their efforts in the final few games.
“A lot of credit goes to the team management for getting us back in the right frame of mind. We haven’t finished in the position that we wanted to. But because the second half has been so good it doesn’t feel like a bad season.”
“We won last 5 off our 7 matches and with one no-result, it is something that we can be proud of. It is such a short format that often 5 or 7 minutes decide the outcome. We can be proud of the boys effort in the final few matches,” Kohli added.