Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) lost their second match of the season after failing to overcome a rather clinical outing by the Punjab Kings (PBKS). Skipper Virat Kohli attributed the loss to the extra 25-runs his side conceded in the first innings.
RCB were able to get half of the PBKS unit back in the pavilion at 118, but late heroics from KL Rahul and Harpreet Brar meant that the target was 180. Harshal Patel’s overs in the death were mercilessly dispatched for boundaries, and the extra runs made RCB’s life difficult in the second innings.
The three-time finalists were never in the chase and the pressure of the climbing run-rate resulted in a massive collapse.
Following the loss, which even hampered their net run rate, Virat Kohli said that the side should have been chasing 160 instead of 180.
“They got off to a good start but we pulled things back somewhat after five down. Should have been chasing 160, when they were 116/5, but we gave away 25-odd runs in the end. Focused too much on what the batters were doing. We got away from our plans. We gave too many bad balls for boundaries,” Kohli assessed the loss
Another highlight of the chase, which was widely criticized was sending Rajat Patidar at No.3 in a nervy run chase with Glenn Maxwell and AB de Villiers in their arsenal. Patidar’s innings of 31 off 30 was filled with mistimed strokes which resulted in the required rate reaching 12 by the halfway stage, putting pressure on the middle order.
“The batting order is situational, this is a good balance for our batting lineup. Rajat is a quality player, just that tonight wasn’t his night. In the end, we gave away 25 runs too many. One wicket there and we could have squeezed them. We couldn’t execute our plans,” Kohli defended the move of sending in the youngster at No.3
RCB suffered their second loss of the campaign and are placed third in the table at the halfway stage with a marginally negative net run rate.
Virat Kohli and co. will next face KKR at the same venue on Monday.
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