Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) have managed to open their account in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) with an impressive eight-wicket win against Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) in Mohali on Saturday. Having lost six out of six of their opening matches of the tournament, the Virat Kohli-led side finally tasted some success riding on fighting half-centuries from the captain and the talismanic AB de Villiers who seems to have regained his touch with the bat.
Relief would be an understatement if one were to consider the emotions which the RCB players must have gone through after the victory. The star duo of Kohli and AB said the same after the match ended.
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In an Instagram post by the franchise, the duo is seen leaving a special message for the fans of the team who have stayed with them through thick and thin.
Having come under criticism for failing to win a single match till yesterday, Kohli seemed visibly relieved in the footage and dedicated the victory tothe die-hard lovers of the side.
"Thank you to our loyal fans, who have been with the team, standing behind the team for six games. I think this goes out to them, more than the players because of the support over so many years and this season's been so tough. So, we are more happy for the fans and we want to dedicate this victory to you," said Kohli before passing on the baton to AB.
De Villiers while thanking the fans hoped that the team could continue the good work in the remaining matches and hope for 'miracles' but for now they need to take 'one step at a time'.
"To all the RCBians out there, around the world, we're exceptionally relieved with a win finally and we crossed the line and hopefully that's a sign of things to come. We know it's gonna be a lot of hard work, but the way we set up this game tonight, hopefully, we'll do the same thing against Mumbai at the Wankhede stadium and who knows what can happen. Miracles have happened before but we all are definitely committed to doing something special but one step at a time. Thank you for being there for us," signed off AB.
RCB are next scheduled to play Mumbai Indians (MI) on April 15 before taking on the Kolkata Knight Riders at the iconic Eden Gardens.