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Royal Challengers Bangalore can’t always rely on Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers: Moeen Ali

Moeen Ali said after Royal Challengers Bangalore’s win over Sunrisers Hyderabad that the team can’t always be relying on Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers

cricket Updated: May 18, 2018 08:41 IST
Sandip Sikdar
Sandip Sikdar
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Royal Challengers Bangalore's Moeen Ali helped set up the side’s win over Sunrisers Hyderabad in an IPL 2018 match in Bengaluru on Thursday.(PTI)

Though AB de Villiers was adjudged Man-of-the-Match in Royal Challengers Bangalore’s 14-run win over IPL 2018 table-toppers Sunrisers Hyderabad, it was Moeen Ali who provided the impetus to help his team put up a big score at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium here on Thursday. (RCB v SRH HIGHLIGHTS)

Ali said that it was important that other players also contribute as they can’t always rely on captain Virat Kohli and de Villiers to pull them through. (RCB v SRH SCORECARD)

“It is obviously very important (to contribute). It is a massive momentum kind of game. We have to contribute to go further and potentially get through (to the playoffs). You can’t always rely on two guys, two amazing players who will do their bit but we have to sort of chip in and win games for the team as well,” said the 30-year-old.

The left-handed batsman smashed a 34-ball 65 which included two boundaries and six sixes, guiding RCB to 218/6. He also shared a 105-run stand with de Villiers which eventually laid the platform for the big total.

“It was good. I feel like I have been playing well in the nets and practice. I wasn’t in great form coming here. It was nice to go out and express myself in the last game here, for the fans and team, for my own and team’s confidence in me as well so that we can keep going forward,” said Ali.

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This was the England all-rounder’s only fourth game of the tournament in which he scored his maiden Indian Premier League half-century.

“It is great to be in the team and winning and when you win you always stick with the same formula and we are doing it now for the last three games and hopefully we can keep doing that.”

Ali also credited batting coach Gary Kirsten and batting talent development coach Trent Woodhill, saying that what he learns here will also help him improve as an England ODI player.

“Gary and Trent Woodhill... I have worked the most with them on my batting. I am trying to hit the ball and be consistent in hitting boundaries. They have really opened my game and I feel going further for England, it will help me become a better ODI player and improve my game,” concluded the all-rounder.

First Published: May 18, 2018 08:32 IST