Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) skipper Virat Kohli admitted that Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) let them come back into the match in the dramatic last two overs on Thursday at the Sharjah International Stadium. KXIP struggled to take two runs off the last over, with the equation coming down to them needing one run off the last ball.
Nicholas Pooran took them over the line with a six. “There was no conversation between Yuzi and me to be honest,” said Kohli after the game when asked what conversation he had with Yuzvendra Chahal who bowled the last over. “Things became interesting to be honest. They kind of let us come back in the game, because I think it should have ended by the 18th over.
“It was quite surprising, because it went down to the wire. A bit of pressure can confuse you, it was a good performance by Kings XI in the end,” he said.
RCB scored 171/6 batting first with AB de Villiers, who scored an unbeaten 73 off 33 balls in their previous game, being demoted to no.6.
“We had a chat, it was a message about the left-hand, right-hand combination. Sometimes these decisions you take, don’t come off. But I think 170 was a decent score. That’s the idea, get your eye in and start hitting. But we were not able to put them under pressure,” he said.