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IPL 2020 | If Williamson’s catch was taken, it would have been a different ball game: Kohli


Williamson was dropped by Devdutt Padikkal on the boundary in a tough try when SRH wanted 28 from 2.4 overs

Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli on Friday rued the dropped catch of Sunrisers Hyderabad batsman Kane Willaimson on the fag finish of their IPL Eliminator, saying the match may have gone in his aspect’s favour had the “difficult” likelihood been taken.

Williamson was dropped by Devdutt Padikkal on the boundary in a tough try when SRH wanted 28 from 2.4 overs. The reprieve value RCB dearly because the New Zealand captain went on to score an unbeaten 50 to assist SRH chase down the modest goal of 132 with two balls to spare.

SRH will now play Delhi Capitals within the Qualifier 2 on Sunday for a spot within the ultimate whereas the RCB have been knocked out.

“It is a game of margins and if Kane (Williamson) was taken there then it is a different ball game,” Kohli stated on the post-match presentation.

“If you talk about the first innings I don’t think we had enough runs on the board. We made one helluva game in the second half, the positions we got ourselves into in the second half,” he added.

A batting heavy aspect, the RCB may solely put up 131 for 7 after being invited to bat and Kohli stated his aspect simply allowed SRH bowlers to bowl to the areas they wished.

“Altogether they put us under a lot of pressure in the first innings. Few soft dismissals, few fortunate ones for them as well and we just didn’t have enough runs on the board.

“Maybe a bit of nerves, maybe a bit of hesitation, we need to be more expressive with the bat. We didn’t put enough pressure on their bowlers. We didn’t have any phases in the game where we got away from the opposition.”

Kohli admitted that it has been “a strange kind of phase in the last 4-5 games” of the league section.

“In the last 2-3 games we have hit it straight to the fielders, lot of good shots going to the fielders,” he stated.

Talking in regards to the positives from the event, he stated, “Couple of people have stood up, Devdutt (Padikkal) is one of them, he stepped up nicely and getting 400+ runs is not easy. He has played with a lot of class and efficiency for the team. Very happy for him.

“(Mohammed) Siraj has had a good comeback. Yuzi (Chahal) has been solid as ever, AB (de Villiers) has been solid as ever. The others contributed but just not enough.”

Kohli stated not having dwelling and away matches has made this IPL one of the crucial aggressive ever.

“That also tells you the strength of the teams in the IPL, no team is run away favourites as such and every team has strong players. One of the other reasons is playing in only three venues and there’s no home and away advantage.

“Similar conditions for everyone and that’s the reason this has been one of the competitive IPL this year,” he stated.

“It was amazing to have had this opportunity to come out and play. There’s a bigger picture going around here and we are all contributing to that. To all our fans who have supported us like every year, we just want to thank them.”

Sunrisers captain David Warner stated his aspect knew they should beat high three groups to make it to the play-offs.

“My nails are okay for the moment. They (Natarajan and Rashid) have been of great impact for us. We like to bowl Sandy (Sandeep Sharma) and (Jason) Holder five overs at the top. Then we try to bowl Rashid and Natarajan in the middle overs.

“Rashid has a lot of pressure on him to perform. Congratulations to Natarajan. Kane is our banker. He manages to stick in there and plays the pressure innings. I am running out of superlatives for these two blokes (Rashid and Kane),” he stated.

Noting that RCB have world-class batsmen of their line-up, Warner stated, “You knew that wicket had something in it. The boys bowled fantastically well in the middle overs.

“It is too early to say. We obviously have Delhi to play. We have been talking about their world class bowling side. But I am excited.”

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