Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli credited his bowlers for Thursday’s win (Image courtesy: IANS)

With Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) keeping their play-off chances alive, skipper Virat Kohli has credited the bowlers for a handing vital two points to his side in a must-win game against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH).

After putting up a massive 218-run total, the Kohli-led side managed a nail-biting 14-run win over Hyderabad, thanks to Mohammed Siraj who held his nerve to bowl a fine last over, conceding just five runs besides packing off a well-settled Hyderabad skipper Kane Williamson (81 off 42).

While the defeat wouldn t have bothered Hyderabad much as they have already made to the play-offs, the win has definitely rejuvenated Kohli s men with the road to the final still not closed for Bangalore.

I have seen many of these games before. Just had to stay calm at the end of it. After a point of time, you need to understand that the bowlers are in control of what they want to do, Kohli said after the match.

The wicket was very good and in the second innings, there was a lot of dew. Hats off to the bowlers for maintaining the composure and giving us two points, the 29-year-old added.

Kohli also heaped praise on AB de Villers (69 off 39) and Moeen Ali (65 off 34), who together forged a 104-run partnership for the third wicket, putting Bangalore back on track after some early jolts.

Tonight ABD and Moeen were superb with the bat with Colin chipping in. We are pretty comfortable with the side. Moeen has come in and done very well for us, the Bangalore skipper said.

“Tonight his (Ali) knock was superb and hats off to him for grabbing his opportunity. He is providing us the balance that we require,” Kohli added.

He also said that the win will boost his side’s morale for their another do-or-die game against Rajasthan Royals.

We head to Rajasthan with momentum on our side. The team is feeling great. Someone stepping up every time and that is what you expect in a team game, he opined.