Kohli calls Mumbai win very important

- AGENCIES, Bangalore

May 3, 2018-

Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Virat Kohli said the win against Mumbai Indians was very important as the team desperately wanted a victory at this stage of the Indian Premier League (IPL).

Bangalore put in an excellent bowling performance to defeat Mumbai Indians by 14 runs on Tuesday. Bangalore are now at the fifth spot in the IPL standings with six points from their eight matches. “We needed the victory. (It was) a very important win at such an important stage. In the last couple of games, we were picking up. Tonight was an occasion we needed that two points. This is the push we needed,” Kohli said.

Kohli said the team needed an impactful performance to get the points in order to qualify for the next stage. “We had good intent, results are around the corner. The result went our way. We should take this confidence forward,” Kohli said. Chasing 168 runs, Mumbai lost wickets at regular intervals and only managed 153-7 in 20 overs. Except for Hardik Pandya, who scored a patient 50 off 42 balls, the rest of the Mumbai batsmen were unable to stand up to the Bangalore bowlers.

Earlier, Bangalore missed aggressive batsman AB de Villiers for the second successive match due to illness. Manan Vohra top scored with 45 off 31 balls and smashed four sixes and two fours, but Brendon McCullum (37) and Kohli (32) couldn’t capitalize on good starts.

Published: 03-05-2018 08:29

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