Virat Kohli 90* runs lead RCB to win over the CSK in Indian Premier League 2020 at The Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai.

Skipper Virat Kohli was the highest run-scorer for RCB, cracking 90 runs off 52 balls in an innings including four boundaries and as many sixes. Opener Devdutt Padikkal was the second-highest run-scorer, scoring 33 runs.

RCB were trailing in the game, having scored 95 in the first 15 overs. However, on the back of 48 runs added by Kohli in the next 19 balls helped RCB score 74 runs in the last five overs and end on a respectable total of 169/4.

A lack of attack followed the loss of quick wickets in the Powerplay. In the first six overs after the Powerplay, CSK added 37 runs, as the asking rate escalated to above 13.

Due to pressure good partnership could not be built as Shane Watson 14(18), Faf du Plessis 8(10), MS Dhoni 10(6) maximum 42 runs made by Ambati Rayudu in 40 balls did not work to achieve the target.

Virat Kohli | Winning captain | Man of the Match: It was one of our most complete performances. We got into a bit of a tricky position in the first half. From there on, we pushed forward. We spoke during the second timeout (with the bat) that 140-150 would be good. Ended up getting more than that. It was a tricky pitch. Really pleased to get two points. We have back-to-back games coming up, so important to build momentum. It’s about understanding the conditions and respecting the game. Instead of trying to hit every ball into the second tier of the stadium. Having played so much cricket, especially T20 cricket, I have learnt that if you are set at the death, you can capitalize. (Whether the Super Over vs MI helped him) Before that, I was trying to do too much. If you think too much about responsibility, you get burdened. That Super Over where I had to strike, else we would have lost, freed me up. Training all these days also helped. Yes, he’s (Morris) been really good, gun on the field and three wickets on debut. With him and Gurkeerat, the batting also gets deep.

MS Dhoni | Losing captain: (1/2) I think the last 4 overs when we were bowling (didn’t go to plan), before that the bowlers had done a good job, we needed to close in nicely. Batting has been bit of a worry and today also it was evident. We need to do something about it. We can’t keep turning up and it is almost the same thing that is happening maybe the individuals are different but I think we are better off playing the other way round – play the big shots and even if you get out it is fine because we can’t leave too many after the 15th or 16th over that just puts too much pressure on the lower order batsmen. Our batting has lacked a bit of you can say power more from the 6th over onwards, individuals get tentative and no matter how much confidence you are giving them, ultimately they have to have their own plan as to how to play. We have not been able to adapt and plan for bowlers bowling from 6-14 overs.


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