Virat Kohli lashed out at his bowlers after Royal Challengers Bangalore lost their fifth successive match of the 2019 Indian Premier League on Friday. Kolkata Knight Riders needed 66 runs off the last 4 overs in a chase of 206 and they won with 5 wickets and 5 balls to spare following Andre Russell’s stunning onslaught.
RCB had their hopes high at home on Friday. Virat Kohli had hammered a 49-ball 84. AB de Villiers hit 63 off 32. Pawan Negi and Yuzvendra Chahal had bowled beautifully and it looked look like the asking rate had climbed up even beyond Russell’s reach.
Andre Russell was not going down without a fight even if the asking rate in the last 4 overs looked way too high for the rest of the world. To make matters worse, Virat Kohli’s bowlers looked rattled when Russell muscled the first two of hs seven sixes in a frenetic finish.
Not surprisingly, Kohli was far, far from pleased with the way his bowlers responded under pressure. He said if this is how his men went about their business then his team deserved to be at the bottom of the table.
“There is no guessing there, the last 4 four overs that we bowled was just unacceptable. We needed to be more clever, nothing came off and we just cracked under pressure,” Kohli told the broadcasters after the match. “That’s been our story this season so far. If you bowl with not enough bravery in the crucial overs, then you will always struggle against power-hitters like Russell.”
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Virat Kohli hit his maiden fifty of the season but he said he wasn’t happy getting out when he did because he thought there were more runs to be made. KKR bounced back well after a 108-run stand between Kohli and AB de Villiers – at one stage, it looked like RCB would get many more than their eventual 205.
” I wasn’t really happy getting out at that moment, could’ve got 20-30 more.
“I thought the runs were enough on the board, we didn’t show enough composure. We can have a bit of chat about what went wrong, apart from that nothing much you can say. I don’t think talking enough helps. It’s been a disappointing season so far, but we are still optimistic about our chances. We just have to believe in ourselves,” he said.
It has been a shocking slide for RCB over the last three seasons. In 2016, Virat Kohli had led from the front as RCB made it to the final. In 2017, RCB finished last after winning only 3 out of 14 matches. In 2018, RCB won a few more games but they finished only 6th in the points table.
This season, RCB are the only team without a win.