Royal Challengers Bangalore overcame Kings XI Punjab by 17 runs at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium on Wednesday. There were a lot of moments in the match which generated a lot of interest. However, there was one moment on the field which also grabbed everyone's attention. This moment involved the captains of both sides Virat Kohli and Ravichandran Ashwin.
Virat Kohli gave a weird send-off to Ashwin after he had taken his counterpart's catch in the final over of the innings. Nonetheless, Ashwin seemed to look cool while heading back but the Punjab skipper was seen showing his gloves in frustration on reaching the dugout.
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However, there was a twist in the tale as Ravichandran Ashwin had something else to say in the post-match press conference. He went on to say that both of them play with passion.
"I just played with passion. So does he. That's it. As simple as that", said Ashwin.
This is what the veteran off-spinner had to say about handling the pressure in crunch situations.
“Three overs for 60 odd runs wasn’t desirable, but we were in the chase all along and I thought we couldn’t finish it off in crunch situations. The teams that play well in crunch situations and probably the crunch couple of balls end up winning the game in T20. So that is what you back the senior players to do. It didn't quite turn out the way we wanted. That is exactly how that is gone for us the entire tournament. Whenever we played those crucial moments, we won, and whenever we haven’t, we have lost it, because the games are really really tight for us", he added.
AB de Villiers played an entertaining knock of an unbeaten 44-ball 82 at a strike rate of 186.36 which included three boundaries and seven maximums. He added 101 runs along with Marcus Stoinis for the fifth wicket. Stoinis played an important cameo of an unbeaten 34-ball 46. This partnership helped RCB get to a mammoth total of 202/4 in their 20 overs.
In reply, Kings XI Punjab got off to a good start as openers Chris Gayle and Mayank Agarwal added 42 runs for the opening wicket. Rahul then stitched a 59-run second wicket stand with Mayank Agarwal and kept KXIP in the hunt. Post their dismissals, David Miller and Nicholas Pooran also made a vital contribution but Punjab's run chase lost its momentum as they lost wickets in the death overs.