Glenn Maxwell has taken no time in adjusting to Royal Challengers Bangalore, mentioned captain Virat Kohli. Maxwell scored his second consecutive half century of the 2021 Indian Premier League (IPL) on Sunday and, together with AB de Villiers, helped RCB beat Kolkata Knight Riders by 38 runs.
Maxwell scored 78 off 49 balls whereas de Villiers smashed 76 off 34 to assist RCB, who have been 9/2 at first of the third over, to 204/4.
“Well, I said at the halfway mark we have 200 because of two genius innings back-to-back. Maxwell was outstanding and AB to follow,” mentioned Kohli within the publish-match presentation ceremony.
“When he gets in with that kind of form and flow, it’s impossible to stop him. We got 40 extra runs on that pitch which slowed down. Maxi has taken to this team like duck to water. AB loves the team and they were the difference today. There are areas we can work on. We’re not getting ahead of ourselves and not getting over-excited,” mentioned Kohli.
Kohli additionally hailed quick bowler Mohammed Siraj, who gave away only one run within the penultimate over of the KKR innings. KKR wanted 44 to win at first of that over with Andre Russell wanting harmful.
“Siraj’s over to Russell (was good) — he has had some history against Russell. He’s a different bowler after the Australia tour and he shut the game out. Harshal has so much clarity in the end and I think Jamieson also bowled well. That’s the reason why we have three out of three. To be fair, on a pitch like Chennai, you probably have a bit more space to make an error on the longer boundary. It has to be on the off side and not on side. Siraj did miss on the full-toss, but he had two men on the boundary. The execution was spot-on,” mentioned Kohli.