Royal Challengers Bangalore’s ace, Virat Kohli, and his team have acquired their grand-slam, defeating the Mumbai Indians by a petty 14 runs in the IPL-2018 match which was held on 1st May 2018 at the Chinnaswamy Stadium.
Fending off the 167 score on a knotty ground covering, Bangaluru had the ball in their court when it’s bowlers gave a tough time to the opponents, Mumbai Indians. Acclaiming the credit to Tim Southee, it’s bowlers hitched the opponents with their astonishing game and thus, ended up giving a score of just 20 in the final last three overs which resulted in hitting the bull’s eye. This triumph of RCB resulted in the addition of two very crucial points and thus, motioning them towards the fifth position in the table.
Upholding their triumph over one of the strongest teams of the IPL-2018 , skipper Virat Kohli was ecstatic while sharing his victory by crediting his bowlers and was really high-spirited to have won on his wife’s birthday, Anushka Sharma, who turned 30 and was also present in the stadium.
“My wife (Anushka Sharma) is here, it’s her birthday & it’s a little birthday gift for her. I’m glad she could enjoy the win watching from here & it’s very special to achieve 2 points in front of her,” Kohli expressed during his after-match appearance.
Thrusting upon his mandatory victory, he also cited that “Jeez, we needed that win. Such an important stage of the tournament. We all believe in the changing room that this was the push we needed. Important two points. Just told the bowlers, to back their gut. Take ownership of your field, your plans, and own it. Siraj, Colin, Southee were excellent. Umesh, Chahal everyone bowled well. The one over that JP Duminy bowled and Manan targeted (for 22 runs) took the game away from them. We needed impact performances and that’s what happened.”
On the contrary, expressing his apprehension over their defeat, Mumbai Indian’s skipper Rohit Sharma said, “It is disappointing to be on the losing side. We got ourselves to blame though. Didn’t play smart cricket which was required, losing wickets in the power play didn’t help, that’s where we lost the game.”
Sharma also added that they desired to clack on the scorecard constantly and also pressed that the partnership tie-up would have been the key. He also appreciated the bowlers of RCB, exclaiming that they have given them a really tough time, by hanging them in the postulation for the entire inning which resulted in the great hindrance for their laurelled victory.
However, It must be a big day for the couple to have acquired the victory on such a special day!