At this stage, better to chase totals says Kohli after RCB beats DD

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Virat Kohli’s love for targets is well-known and it’s a no-brainer that Royal Challengers Bangalore captain would ideally like to chase down totals in the remaining games of the Indian Premier League.

Kohli scored a polished 70 off 40 balls as RCB chased down a target of 182 against DD in 19 overs. Still with an outside chance of qualification, Kohli wants to make the most of it as he feels that the table is wide open.

“We were not clinical with the ball, but these guys played well. The chase, however, was ideal. Bowling first is better at this stage, because it’s easier for batsmen to take responsibility. You can almost set up the game how you like. That’s what works for our boys,” Kohli said at the post-match presentation ceremony.

AB de Villiers was also in great touch scoring 72 off 37 balls and Kohli said that there is nothing easier than playing alongside Proteas legend.

“It is lovely batting with AB. We have done this many times in the past. It was a stiff chase, but in the mid-innings break, AB told me ‘don’t worry, we’ll get this’, and that helped me get in the zone. I don’t need to say much. It has been an honour for me to bat with him.”

Kohli said that he got out in his bid to up the net run-rate.

“I was disappointed getting out since we had the run-rate in control. Wanted to finish it with three overs to spare and get the net run-rate up. It cost us 10-12 balls to get the victory.

Kohli, de Villiers take RCB to victory:

Chasing a challenging target of 182 runs, RCB lost openers Parthiv Patel and Moeen Ali within the first three overs.
But the jubilant Delhi crowd soon fell silent as Kohli and de Villiers took over. The duo needed just 64 deliveries to put together a partnership of 118 runs as RCB wrested the upper hand.

Kohli amassed 70 runs in a 40-ball hurricane knock which included seven boundaries and three massive hits into the stands.

Experienced leg-spinner Amit Mishra finally got rid of Kohli with a delivery that turned away sharply after spinning. The RCB captain was fooled by the extra bit of turn as Delhi wicket-keeper Rishabh Pant latched onto the outside edge.

But the visitors were well on their way to victory by that point with 45 runs needed off 40 balls.

De Villiers went on to remain unbeaten with a 72-run blitzkrieg which came off a mere 37 balls. The South African star, who brought up the winning runs in style with a six off pacer Trent Boult, hit four boundaries and six sixes during his stay in the middle.

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