Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli previews crucial Delhi Capitals clash after Sunrisers Hyderabad defeat

Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli

Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli after the Sunrisers Hyderabad defeat (Picture: IPL)

Virat Kohli says Royal Challengers Bangalore’s upcoming Indian Premier League clash against Delhi Capitals will be a ‘cracker’.

Six teams are battling for the final three play-off spots ahead of the final round of group matches at the IPL.

Defending champions Mumbai Indians have already secured their place in the semi-finals and Chennai Super Kings are out, but every other team are still in contention ahead of the final group games, which take place on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday.

Kohli’s Bangalore are currently second but were beaten by Sunrisers Hyderabad on Saturday to ensure they could still fall outside of the top-four.

RCB, who have never won the Indian Premier League, finish their group campaign on Monday against Delhi Capitals, who topped the table after six matches but have lost four successive games to slip to third.

Kohli said: ‘The situation is straightforward: win the last game and finish in the top two. It is going to be a cracker of a game with two teams locked 14 points.

‘I have always been a Bangalore boy when it comes to the IPL and never drifted towards Delhi.’

Bangalore stuttered to 120-7 against Sunrisers on Saturday, with only Josh Philippe and AB de Villiers passing 20.

Wriddhiman Saha then made 39 and Jason Holder smashed 26 from ten balls as Hyderabad knocked off the runs with 35 balls and five wickets to spare.

On RCB’s defeat, Kohli added: ‘It was never enough runs. We thought 140 might be a good total to get into the game, but things changed drastically.

‘I didn’t think we were brave enough with the bat throughout the innings. But to be fair to them, they bowled in the right areas and used the pitch well.’

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