Srikar Bharat reveled in the joy of winning the Royal Challengers Bangalore in an exciting match against the Delhi Capitals in Dubai on Friday 8th October. Bharat hit 78 * in 52, which concluded with a final six-ball off Avesh Khan with five needed, to guide RCB to their ninth win of the season.
Srikar Bharat entered Devdutt Padikkal’s wicket knockdown in the first over, and Virat Kohli fell shortly after during the Royal Challengers Bangalore chase of 165. He anchored innings for a significant portion alongside AB de Villiers (26) and Glenn Maxwell (51 *), with timely limits at all times, before sealing the game with a long-standing imposing blow.
The wicket-keeper’s batsman reflected on a game-defining inning.
“It was great to win on the last ball. It was an incredible feeling to finish it off,” said Bharat upon receiving the Man of the Match award. “Maxwell and I were communicating well in center. At any point, I wasn’t. I’m not nervous at all. I tried to stay in the present and was looking for the opportunity on the last ball after width. I work on my hitting against the spinners. I don’t believe in anything that comes for free, so I work hard for that. “
Previously, RCB bowlers held DC in the second half of their innings, after Prithvi Shaw and Shikhar Dhawan added 88 in 10.1 overs for the first wicket. Kohli recognized the brilliance of his players and praised Maxwell and Bharat for their exploits during the chase.
“Unbelievable. It was a game that we had nothing to lose, but still losing early ground and doing well against a team at the top of the table is good. We have beaten them twice this season,” Kohli said.
“We knew that bowlers had the potential to keep things under control. The way AB and KS hit for the first time was good. And then the partnership between Maxi and KS was amazing. We knew the reality of coming second was a 163 race win, so we decided to go first.
“Doing a chase gives you a different kind of confidence heading into the playoffs. And we haven’t chased much in the tournament, so hitting well in second place is also important. You should be able to get everything you need on game day.
“No. 3 has not been a problem at all. We wanted to give Christian some time with the bat. He was hitting very well in the nets, but that’s how T20 cricket works. We took that opportunity, it didn’t work out, but it didn’t. We had problems, Bharat hit good shots and we knew he could take third place, hit well against spin as well.
“I definitely think we need to be sharper on the pitch. We need to seize the 50-50 opportunities on our way. Those races are crucial in the big games. When it comes to the playoffs, no team will give you a second chance. “
RCB will play Kolkata Knight Riders in the Eliminator in Sharjah on Monday, October 11.
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