Kohli hands RCB first win of IPL 2019

Florence Fletcher
April 15, 2019

De Villiers also spoke about his former South African teammate Dale Steyn who has joined the RCB ranks after Nathan Coulter-Nile's participation in the IPL was curtailed due to worldwide commitments and personal reasons. Even after the run rate eased, South African veteran AB de Villiers (59) and Australian Marcus Stoinis (28) reached the target in the final over to provide a morale-boosting eight-wicket win. That's one word we spoke about.

As you can figure out it happened when Kohli was batting with AB De Villiers and he was at the non-striker's end. "I won't say we've been unlucky in every game, but in a couple of games we should've closed out before this", Kohli said. First, they restricted Punjab to 173 which was below the par total on this ground. "To pick up four wickets in eight overs in the middle for 60 runs was a great effort".

"I am pretty familiar with this ground, I have played here for three years", said Stoinis at the post-match press conference here.

"I think it was a fantastic move to get Dale involved", he said. One thing for sure is he'll give 200% with every ball. The next step is Mumbai, and we love playing at the Wankhede. Meanwhile South Africa cricket will be in dilemma and concern about Dale playing in IPL as his fitness matters for the upcoming cricket World Cup.

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"We needed it, it's good get to two points and get ourselves started", he said. The Royal Challengers were at times sloppy in the field and with the ball, but in pursuit of 174, they came out all guns and got past the finish line. But Kings XI Punjab skipper Ravichandran Ashwin got the better of Parthiv to have Bangalore for 43 for one.

He was dropped on 83 by Kohli against his former side, which he scored five hundreds for from 2011-17, but he missed out on becoming the IPL's fifth centurion this season after David Warner, Jonny Bairstow (both Sunrisers Hyderabad), Sanju Samson (Rajasthan Royals) and KL Rahul (Kings XI).

Ajinkya Rahane and Rohit Sharma were too handed a Rs 12 lakh fine for slow over-rate earlier in the competition.

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