IPL 2020: 'Ruthless' RCB pleases coach Simon Katich


ABU DHABI: Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) humbled Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the Indian Premier League (IPL) on Wednesday and the nature of team’s ruthless performance against the former champions pleased head coach Simon Katich.
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With their emphatic eight-wicket win, RCB have gone up to the second position in the points table with 14 points from 10 matches, while KKR are at the fourth spot with 10 points.
Katich said the bowlers backed each other and made sure that RCB was right on top of KKR as it was a “big game” for them.

“Yeah! I am very happy. I think the boys deserved a lot of credit for the execution and we were all on the money right from the word go. Our bowlers set up the game in the first couple of overs. (Chris) Morris started off well and then (Mohammed) Siraj backed him up.
Siraj’s two wickets in the second over put the opposition on the back foot and then another couple in the Powerplay. There was no coming back then. It was a ruthless performance,” said Katich in a video posted on RCB’s Twitter handle.
“This was a big game. We had a little break before and given the way the table is, if this game would have gone the other way, then we are both equal. So we made sure to focus just on the process and the result took care of itself. The players deserved a lot of credit because I couldn’t have asked for a better job with the ball,” the coach added.

Batting first, KKR failed to recover from the early blows to end on 84/8 in their 20 overs. The Eoin Morgan led side lost four wickets inside the first five overs.
Mohammed Siraj was the star of the show as he not only became the first bowler to bowl two maiden overs in the same match in IPL but also took three wickets, giving away just eight runs.

“The way we went about it, especially with the ball, obviously Morris and then Siraj with the new ball, the way we won speaks volumes about the team’s talent. The other thing which stood out was the intensity in the field. In terms of how we fielded was spot on,” said Katich.
RCB will next take on Chennai Super Kings on Sunday.





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