Virat Kohli admits Royal Challengers Bangalore’s thrilling super-over victory over Mumbai Indians at the Indian Premier League was a ‘rollercoaster’.
Fifties from AB de Villiers, Devdutt Padikkal and Aaron Finch saw RCB post 201-3 in Dubai on Monday.
Mumbai lost quick wickets in their chase and fell well behind the required run-rate, only for Ishan Kishan (99) and Kieron Pollard (60*) to take the game into a super over.
Rohit’s side only scored seven off Navdeep Saini, however, and RCB clinched a dramatic victory when Kohli hit a boundary off the final ball of Jasprit Bumrah’s over.
India and Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Kohli said: ‘I don’t have words because it was such a rollercoaster.
‘We batted really well to get past 200 and the start with the ball was outstanding as well. They played well in the middle overs, patiently, waiting for the dew to kick in.
‘I hope we didn’t think we’d done the job [when Mumbai were struggling]. Fielding is something we have to keep working on. If we’d taken out chances again it wouldn’t have been so close.
‘As I said, these little things we’re not capitalising on, we need to work on.
‘It was an outstanding super over from Saini against Hardik and Pollard. I think the long boundary gave him confidence.
‘We need to plug in those gaps in those performances and keep accumulating those points now.’
Mumbai Indians captain Rohit, meanwhile, said: ‘It was a great game.
‘We were not in the game at the start but Ishan was brilliant and Polly was amazing as usual.
‘We didn’t start well, there was no momentum in the powerplay and we just couldn’t get back.
‘Ishan and Polly were hitting it well so we still believed but RCB stuck to their plans and just held their nerve better than us.’
Asked why Ishan Kishan did not bat in the super over despite his earlier heroics, Rohit added: ‘Obviously he was drained out. He was not comfortable.
‘We thought we could send him in but he was not feeling fresh. Hardik is somebody we trust to hit long balls. It didn’t come off.’
Royal Challengers Bangalore return to action on Saturday against Rajasthan Royals, while Mumbai Indians will hope to bounce back on Thursday when they face Kings XI Punjab.
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