Defending a total of 175, Virat Kohli’s men needed to bowl and field well if they were to put the game beyond the KKR batting line-up, but unfortunately that was not to be the case as the visitors won with five balls to spare.
It was RCB’s dismal performance in that left captain Virat Kohli fuming after the match, as he felt that was the reason they did not do better. The poor fielding along with dropped catches saw Kohli repeatedly tell off his teammates, and he minced no words later on after the game either.
“The pitch is bringing out surprises every time we bat. Looked better than it played. 175 was a really good score I felt. If we field like that, we don’t deserve to win. We need to be hard on ourselves and be braver with the ball and in the field, we need to correct those things going forward. We didn’t deserve to win with the way we fielded. We weren’t just good enough tonight. I can’t pin-point anything at this point,” said Kohli an angry Kohli in a post-match interview.
Kohli though hopes RCB can still make it to the knockout stages as they are mathematically still in with a chance. “We got to win 6 out of 7 to qualify from here. We need to be in that mindset to take every match as a virtual semi-final from here and there’s no room for complacency. Need guys stepping up their game at the right time. Hopefully, they understand that moving forward,” he concluded by saying.
First Published: April 30, 2018, 9:38 AM IST