Royal Challengers Bangalore have defeated Kolkata Knight Riders by 38 runs in Chennai. Glenn Maxwell and AB de Villiers were the heroes as the duo scored well compiled fifties.
After struggling at 9/2, Glenn Maxwell took on the rival bowlers and slammed 78 runs off just 49 balls. Apart from him, AB de Villiers also slammed the bowlers and accumulated an unbeaten 76 runs off 34 balls.
In response, KKR were always behind and managed just 166 runs for the loss of eight wickets in 20 overs.
Virat Kohli expressed his satisfaction after crossing the line. “Especially Siraj’s over to Russell [was good] – he has had some history against Russell. He’s a different bowler after the Australia tour and he shut the game out.
Harshal has so much clarity in the end and I think Jamieson also bowled well. That’s the reason why we have three out of three. To be fair, on a pitch like Chennai, you probably have a bit more space to make an error on the longer boundary. It has to be on the off side and not on side.
Siraj did miss on the full-toss, but he has two men on the boundary. The execution was spot-on. We played in Wankhede, Kolkata and Ahmedabad where the margin of error keeps getting smaller.
Well, I said at the halfway mark we have 200 because of two genius innings back-to-back. Maxwell was outstanding and AB to follow. When he gets in with that kind of form and flow, it’s impossible to stop him.
We got 40 extra runs on that pitch which slowed down. Maxi has taken to this team like duck to water. AB loves the team and they were the difference today. There are areas we can work on. We’re not getting ahead of ourselves and not getting over-excited,” he said.