The difference couldn’t be more clinical. Delhi’s bowlers are a rare breed — the kind where fast bowlers still bowl fast and where spinners still keeping looping the ball and drawing the edge and the miscue off the air. And when their batting sets up a mountain of 196 runs for them to play around with, they actually make oppositions look small. It’s a pretty clear fact that if RCB were to chase this, it would be through Kohli or AB batting long till the end. AB didn’t. Kohli tried, set up a platform of sorts as well, but with wickets falling around him, a rash shot was always coming. And Rabada made sure it did. With serious pace and seriously dreamy accuracy, he kept at the batsmen, refused to let them score, and kept blowing away stumps. Nortje was just as impressive. And the Ashwin-Axar combo made sure Mishra wasn’t missed. But again, however much you’d want to blame Bangalore’s chasing abilities tonight, remember, it’s their bowling that leaked 20 runs more than the average score at this ground, on a used pitch.
Virat Kohli (Losing Captain): I think they got off to a great start in the first six then we pulled it back in the next 8 overs and the last phase again got away from us. Those important chances in between, we need to grab when the opportunity comes our way, it is not like we are dropping half chances, we are dropping sitters and those things hurt you. The execution with the ball towards the end could have been better and with the bat as well. Not a complete performance in any regard today. We were quite aggressive with the new ball, Prithvi and Shkihar batted really well. I think Prithvi took the game on and we expected that, we kept a catching position and even tried to pick a wicket with the spinner. We got into the game after the first six and then Stoinis batted really well in the end, we gave him a life, he took the game away from us.Chris (Morris) was really close to playing today as well but couldn’t make it. We have four days before the next game, once he comes back into the squad it is a different balance altogether. The good thing is we have won three out of five, we have lost two where we haven’t played good cricket, so I think it is about rectifying those small mistakes. The conversation around chasing is always to have a big partnership, with the dew setting in had we kept 7-8 wickets at the end of 10 overs, the game would have been on. Same thing happened against Kings XI. I am pretty sure once we get a big partnership in we should be able to see these important situations through. They (Delhi) are playing some good cricket. Their batting line up is fearless, they have a good balance in the side, their bowling line up is pretty good too and they will be hard to beat, I wouldn’t say unbeatable but they are a tough side to beat. Against such sides we have to bring our A game and top intensity which I don’t think we did tonight.
Shreyas Iyer | Winning captain: Getting four out of five, I will take that any day. Kudos to the boys and the temperament shown in pressure situations. Our strategy was to be fearless and play with full freedom. We have got good youngsters in our side, so we just need to go out and execute our talent and skills. I am very happy with the way things are going so far, and we need to keep up the momentum. When we come on to the ground we talk about comprehensive victories. The boys have been working really hard and we have maintained our temperament really well. It is important for us to get a good recovery. It isn’t easy going back into the bio bubble, so we try to spend time with each other and that is working really well for us. It is saddening when a senior player (Mishra) who was doing amazingly well gets injured but we have got good replacements as well. Chopping and changing spoils the atmosphere in the team so we’re trying to keep it really simple. I am feeling really good (about myself).
Axar Patel is the man of the match.