Virat Kohli struck his 37th Indian Premier League (IPL) half century when Royal Challengers Bangalore defeated Rajasthan Royals by eight wickets at Sheikh Zayed Stadium on Saturday. After the win, Kohli stressed the importance of maintaining winning momentum in a tournament like IPL as once the team starts losing matches it becomes difficult to return to winning ways. “This tournament can get rid of you very quickly. When you start to lose at first, the games start to move quickly and suddenly you realize that 8 games are over and you have no points. We have to keep the momentum,” said Kohli on the presentation after the game.
The RCB skipper also praised the young Devdutt Padikkal who scored his third half century in the current tournament.
“There was not much to reveal (to Devdutt) and I told Simon that this man has some serious talent – reach and a great eye. And a left-handed, very clean shots. You hardly feel he is taking any chances, you rarely get that feeling. this level, ”Kohli added.
“Today he wore from 40 to 65, so he’s a smart kid and he understands the game well,” Kohli said.
With the victory, RCB is now at the top of the points table with six points from four games.
Losing captain Steve Smith regretted his team not putting enough points on the board on a good wicket.
“We could have done a lot better. Didn’t get enough runs on the board, it was a good wicket. We couldn’t partner up. Jofra bowling exceptional, our legs bowling good, but we didn’t have enough on the board,” Smith said .
Smith praised Mahipal Lomror, who played a crucial knockout in his first game of the season.
“Lomror played well under pressure and to get 155, we didn’t look that much; he played adult innings,” Smith concluded.
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