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IPL 2018: AB de Villiers' motivation during the match got me in my zone, says Virat Kohli

Kohli scored a polished 70 off 40 balls as RCB chased down a target of 182 against DD in 19 overs. 

Edited by: India TV Sports Desk, New Delhi [ Published on: May 13, 2018 14:17 IST ]
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AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli's knock helped RCB beat DD by five wickets.

Virat Kohli's love for targets is well-known and it's a no-brainer that Royal Challengers Bangalore captain would ideally like to chase down totals in the remaining games of the Indian Premier League. However, the skipper does enjoy the company of the South Africa batsman AB de Villiers and feels that as long as ABD is by his side, RCB can chase totals. (IPL 2018 FULL COVERAGE)

There's no surprise that even in International games with Team India, the skipper loves to chase down targets as RCB did against Delhi Daredevils at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium in New Delhi.

Kohli scored a polished 70 off 40 balls as RCB chased down a target of 182 against DD in 19 overs. Still, with an outside chance of qualification, Kohli wants to make the most of it as he feels that the table is wide open.

"We were not clinical with the ball, but these guys played well. The chase, however, was ideal. Bowling first is better at this stage, because it's easier for batsmen to take responsibility. You can almost set up the game how you like. That's what works for our boys," Kohli said at the post-match presentation ceremony.

AB de Villiers was also in great touch scoring 72 off 37 balls and Kohli said that there is nothing easier than playing alongside Proteas legend.

"It is lovely batting with AB. We have done this many times in the past. It was a stiff chase, but in the mid-innings break, AB told me 'don't worry, we'll get this', and that helped me get in the zone. I don't need to say much. It has been an honour for me to bat with him." 

The skipper also took to Instagram to laud the swashbuckler with the caption, "Have always loved batting with this guy. Makes things simpler for the person at the other end. Today was yet another special partnership. Glad to finish on a winning note." 

Kohli said that he got out in his bid to up the net run-rate.

"I was disappointed getting out since we had the run-rate in control. Wanted to finish it with three overs to spare and get the net run-rate up. It cost us 10-12 balls to get the victory." 

Royal Challengers Bangalore will next face Kings XI Punjab as both teams aim for a win at this stage of time when as the cash-rich league reaches its business end. The Virat Kohli side have defeated the R Ashwin led team before and will plan to make it two on two when they clash at the Holkar Cricket Stadium in Indore on May 14.

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