A top win for RCB and they go atop the points table. People were questioning Shahbaz’s selection and he’s won them the game with a three-wicket over. Elation in the red camp, while Laxman looks down in the SRH dugout. Warner wanted one or two to bat deep. He did lead from the front but he opened the gate himself trying to take Jamieson on and RCB tightened the grip on the door. Then Shahbaz ripped it open in just one over. The most disappointing thing for SRH would be not to learn the lessons from the KKR loss yesterday. All they had to do was knock it around for 7-8 more balls, keep wickets and the pressure plays on the bowlers too. Bairstow, Pandey, Samad – did the cardinal sin of playing cross-batted shots to away-spinning balls and let their team down. RCB were just smart from there on to bowl cutters into the wicket and make life hell for batters. Well RCB’s bowlers almost made a huge mistake trying the glorious yorker than sticking to what was working but they were quick to do damage control after a couple of journeys to the fence.
David Warner: A very bitter pill to swallow. Our bowlers were fantastic to restrict them. Maxwell batted well and set the platform. We needed two set batsmen at the end, but we failed to do that. We needed to build a partnership and play proper cricket shots. We played cross batted shots, and that’s not the way to play here. This hurts. We know how to approach in the upcoming games. We have another three games here and I think the wickets are going to get better. We need minimum damage in the first six overs and play simple cricket. The team batting second (at Chepauk) should have won all the four games. This is exactly what happened last night.
Virat Kohli: Not as exhausted as I am proud (of the team). It was a top game for us, the wicket is going to get challenging, we saw that yesterday. You are never really out of the game in these conditions. We have more bowling options and those extra bowling options made those impact performances in the middle overs. I told the guys don’t think that we struggled to get to 149. I believed we could win with 150. If it was tough for us, it will be tough for them as well. Chasing under pressure and you lose wickets, the game can swing anywhere. The wicket was never a belter and our execution under pressure was spot on. It kept getting tougher and tougher with the old ball. I tried to build the momentum with few boundaries in the powerplay. I think Maxi’s innings was the difference for us. To be very honest, we are not over excited with wins this season. We have clarity of plans. We traded Harshal from Delhi, gave him a specific role and he’s doing an outstanding job for us. We are taking one game at a time, we are enjoying playing with each other. Need to be professional and do the job on the field.
Glen Maxwell is the player of the match