With the bat we never got the momentum: Kohli after PBKS loss
Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) captain Virat Kohli has blamed their batting for their loss against Punjab Kings (PBKS) by 34 runs on Friday in Ahmedabad in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL).
He also said that they gave away 25 more runs in bowling and it would be better for their batsmen if they chased the target of around 160 runs.
“They got off to a decent start and we pulled things back decently. Probably gave away 25 too much at the end, should have been chasing 160. Had a chat around executing our plans, which we did, but at the end, we strayed away. With the bat we never got the momentum, they bowled well to be honest. Just kept the pressure going,” Kohli said after the match.
With KL Rahul’s blistering unbeaten innings of 91 –run off 57 balls PBKS threw away the target of 180 runs to RCB on Friday. But chasing the target, no batsmen were able to play freely and the required run-rate was increasing rapidly which cost them the match.
“As batsmen as well, we could have tried more things at the start. It was tough to hit through the line. It was about making a partnership and making sure you’re there to keep getting the boundaries, bat at a strike rate of at least 110. We didn’t manage to do that,” Kohli added.
RCB are currently at no. 3 in the points table with 5 wins from 7 matches. They will face Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) on May 3 at the same venue.