Bangalore: A hurricane knock of 93 runs in 47 balls by Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) captain Virat Kohli in the Indian Premier League match took away the game from Sunrises Hyderabad at the Chinnaswamy stadium here late on Tuesday.
"Virat batted really well. He is the best batsman in RCB. He took away the game from us and that's why we lost," admitted Hyderabad's' allrounder Thisara Perera at a post-match press conference here.
Chasing a 162-run target, Man of the Match Kholi carried the RCB's innings from sixth over when he came to bat after the fall of opener Mayank Agarwal (29) to finish off the match on a winning note in the 18th over with 1.2 overs to spare. "We planned to first get Gayle out and we got him luckily. But Virat batted so well and was in good touch. That's why we couldn't get him out," Perara recalled.
Playing back-to-back games, RCB won by seven wickets by scoring 162 for 3 in response to 161 for 6 by Hyderabad and avenged their defeat in Hyderabad late on Sunday in a super over after both the teams were tied at 130 runs in an exciting contest.
Besides being involved in two partnerships - 49 runs with AB de Villiers for the third wicket and 66-run with Moises Henriques for the fourth wicket - Kohli hit four mighty sixes and smashed 11 boundaries in his breezy knock. Noting that his team was short of 20-25 runs to put up a defendable target, Perera said 162 was a gettable total on a good batting wicket like here.
"We should have done better than that (161). I think we were short of 20-25 runs and 180 would have been a good score to defend. We had a target of 180 but when I got out in 18th over, we couldn't get to that figure," Perera lamented.
Asked why speedster Dale Steyn was brought in midway to bowl than in slog overs, the Sri Lankan player said the plan was to get Virat's wicket early though they couldn't succeed.
"As we needed Virat's wicket, Dale was asked to bowl early but we couldn't get him out as he was in full flow, although Dale bowled very well and conceded only 16 runs in four overs. It is disappointing to lose the game as a team," Perera added.