Royal Challengers Bangalore have qualified for IPL 2020 playoffs despite a 6-wicket defeat against Delhi Capitals on Monday and skipper Virat Kohli feels his team has played good enough cricket throughout the tournament to earn a qualification spot.
RCB sailed into the playoffs after DC took more than 17.3 overs to complete the task, helping Virat Kohli's side to finish the league stage engagements with a better net run rate than Kolkata Knight Riders.
"It's a mixed bag. As I said at the toss, you come to games to try and get the result your way. Through the 11th over, the 17.3 mark was informed by the management," Virat Kohli said in the post-match presentation ceremony.
A mixed bag of emotions. Not the way we wanted to qualify but now that we’re here, it’s a great opportunity to play some fearless cricket. #PlayBold #IPL2020 #WeAreChallengers #Dream11IPL #DCvRCB pic.twitter.com/ve5QjqpMbT— Royal Challengers Bangalore (@RCBTweets) November 2, 2020
Delhi Capitals chased down a target of 153 with six balls to spare. Shikhar Dhawan (54) and Ajinkya Rahane (64) struck fine half-centuries to power DC to their target after their bowlers dished out a clinical performance and restricted RCB to 152 for seven.
"I think we controlled the middle phase really well and they could've taken the game away from us. We are happy that we've qualified. The top two would've been very really nice.
Two games to reach the IPL 2020 final: Kohli
"But I think we've played good enough cricket to earn a qualification spot. You could say just before the qualification, the mindset was a little bit tentative. We've got two games to reach the final," Kohli added.
"We have a shot, an opportunity and that's all we want as a team. I'm sure the guys will be excited about what's ahead for us. We can be braver with the bat in pockets.
"With the ball, we were decent, probably we could have a strong Powerplay which is our strength. If we implement those things, we'll be at the right end of the result. It's important to stay positive.
"There are going to be learnings along the way, but we are glad that we are through. We'll have to assess what's happening, hopefully, they'll (Morris and Saini) be fine by the time we play our next game. And see how they go in the next few days," Kohli signed off.
Now, the winner of the match between Mumbai Indians (MI) and Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) will decide the 4th team to enter the next stage. An SRH loss would see KKR get over the line and vice-versa.