With 7 runs needed off the last ball, Lasith Malinga fired one in the block-hole as Shivam Dube managed to take a single. However, camera showed Malinga had overstepped, which was not spotted by the umpire, and this was enough to shoot up Virat Kohli’s temper. The skipper blasted umpire in the post-match presentation.
“We playing at the IPL level and not playing club cricket. The umpires should have had their eyes open. That is a ridiculous call at the last ball. If it is a game of margins, I don’t know what is happening. They should have been more sharp and careful out there. When they were 145 for 7, we should have done better. The last few overs were brutal for us,” Kohli said after the post-match presser.
He lauded AB de Villiers for his aggressive knock that almost won the game for Royal Challengers Bangalore.
“A few more strikes apart from AB could have done the job for us. We need to be smarter at death bowling. Sure they guys will take a lot of learnings from the game. I think the way they bowled, we can learn from their game. The onus is always on each and every member of the team. I got out at a wrong point of time. Shivam was good as well. I mean Jassi is a top-class bowler. A bit of a mistake from me to take him on at that stage. Mumbai is lucky to have him. And also Malinga. And if Jassi is in good form, it is good for India,” Kohli added.