Royal challengers Bangalore (RCB) held their nerve to clinch a one-run win over Delhi Capitals (DC) to go top of the Indian Premier League (IPL) table. RCB skipper Virat Kohli credited that to the depth the team has in the bowling department, which bodes well for the team as the team from Bangalore over the years have only boasted about its depth in batting.
"For the most part, I think we were top in this game with our bowlers. We felt 160-165 was par. It was a bit two-paced," Kohli said at the post-match presentation.
"There wasn't any dew tonight thanks to that little sandstorm in the middle and we ended up bowling with a dry ball. If you look at our bowling line-up, Maxi's (Glenn Maxwell) still not bowling, he's the 7th option. As a captain I can bowl guys at different stages, take the load off one another.
"And Maxi is yet to bowl. We've always had batting but now bowling as well," Kohli added.
Shimron Hetmyer came good for DC, slamming an unbeaten 25-ball 53, while skipper Rishabh Pant too played a vital knock finishing with 58 not out of 48 deliveries. Pant was all praise for Hetmyer, who nearly took DC home after coming into bat under tricky circumstances. "Obviously feeling disappointed, especially when you are on the losing side. They got 10-15 runs extra on this wicket. Hetty (Hetmyer) played a brilliant innings, because of him we got close to the target," Pant said.
Marcus Stoinis was handed the 20th over of the innings, having not bowled a single ball before that. Asked behind that logic, Pant explained, "In the last over, we were thinking whoever gets the ball has to finish the job for the team."
"That's what we were planning, in the end, we were one run short. We counted the overs really well, in the end, the spinners weren't getting the help which we thought they might get. In the end, I had to give the ball to Stoinis."
Delhi will look for a swift turnaround as they take on Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in their next match on Thursday (April 29). Bangalore, on the other hand, take on Punjab Kings (PBKS) on April 30.