Indian Premier League: KXIP vs RCB: Virat Kohli fell as KXIP we got RCB
Usually athletic and fast on the field, Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli dropped his opposite number KL Rahul twice on Thursday when he was in the 80s after sending Kings XI Punjab to bat. Result of drops? Rahul remained unbeaten on 132 runs and KXIP were bowled out for 206 runs. The scoreboard pressure was too much for RCB, as they suffered an early defeat and ultimately no meaningful partnership. Lose Win. Kohli stepped in first and took the responsibility after the bullying, as he admitted that his dropped opportunities gave his opponents some significant extra runs that took the game away from them.
Kohli said after the match, “I think we were very good in the middle stage with the ball. I have to stand up and bear the brunt of it.”
KXIP was at 143 for the first time when Kohli dropped Rahul, and at 156, again dropped him in the same over.
“It cost about 30-40 runs,” he said. “If we had stopped them at 180, we would not have felt the pressure of going one off the ball.”
“There are days when you have things like this. Just have to accept them,” he said.
Kohli said that after such matches, RCB will have to move forward and work on fixing their mistakes.
Kohli said, “We have played well. Our game has been poor. It is time to move forward. We need to learn those small mistakes.”
The right-handed batsman, whose dismissal for one run from just five balls, had an overall disappointing day in office, did not let the loss out of positivity.
“We did very well, especially in the second time and immediately after that. But as I said, those two occasions should have gone forward from the front,” he said.
Young player Devaduddin Padikkal got a few eyebrows after falling in the first over and chasing such a big total, went to bat in the one-down in place of uncapped Australian Josh Phillip Kohli, who is the usual suspect at No. 3.
Kohli clarified the decision saying, “He batted at the top for Western Australia and also performed well in the Big Bash.”
“In the early days, we tried to see if we could maximize his potential. We thought that chasing a big total, we would give ourselves a bit of depth in the middle overs. The bus didn’t come. One of the things you’ll try. And couldn’t execute. “
RCB’s next match is to see them as arch rivals Mumbai Indians at Dubai International Stadium on Monday.