Bangalore: After two close losses - one in a Super Over and one off the last ball - Royal Challengers Bangalore would have had reason to believe that they were hit with a jinx that was tough to shake off. Virat Kohli, the Bangalore captain, appeared relieved more than anything else after sealing the Super Over win over Delhi Daredevils on Tuesday (April 16) night, saying, "we crossed the line this time" with a smile.
"To be honest, we have not been defeated in the tournament till now. We lost due to our own mistakes. I'm really happy with the way we won the Super Over but we didn't deserve to be in that position. We lacked common sense in the death overs, which cost us the last game as well," pointed out Kohli. "We have to pull up our socks if we want to go all the way in this tournament. It gets tougher and tougher as we go ahead."
Kohli harped on the theme of 'common sense' and 'smart cricket' repeatedly, saying that the team had a great chance of making the knockout stages, but to do that mistakes must be eliminated. "The games where we played well in the 18th and 19th overs, we have gone on to win convincingly, and when we didn't, we lost in a Super Over and a last-ball finish," said Kohli, adding that 'smart cricket' could have helped the team beat Delhi in regulation time on Tuesday. "Even after I got out, two edges for fours to third man would have done it. Ravi Rampaul hit that six over cover, so we could have still won." (Also see pics: The energetic, enigmatic fans of RCB)