IPL: Should have been chasing 160, says RCB skipper Kohli

Ahmedabad (Gujarat) [India], May 1 (ANI): Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) skipper Virat Kohli admitted that they allowed KL Rahul-led aspect to recover from the par rating within the closing over of Punjab Kings’ innings right here on the Narendra Modi Stadium on Friday night.

Chris Gayle and Rahul fired with the bat earlier than Harpreet Brar and Ravi Bishnoi picked three and two wickets every to assist Punjab Kings register a thumping 34-run win over RCB.

In the final 4 overs, Punjab Kings scored 53 runs with 22 coming within the closing six balls as Rahul and Harpreet Brar ensured the aspect completed the innings on a excessive.

“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,” Kohli instructed host broadcaster Star Sports after the match.

Chris Gayle had blasted 5 fours in six balls earlier than KL Rahul modified gears within the demise overs to steer Punjab Kings to 179/5. In reply, RCB was solely capable of rating 145/8, due to a superb bowling efficiency from Harpreet and Bishnoi.

“With the bat, we never got the momentum, they bowled well, to be honest. Just kept the pressure going. But as batsmen as well we could have tried more things at the start. It was tough to hit through the line,” stated Kohli.

“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,” he added.

Harpreet picked three key wickets for Punjab Kings as he dismissed Virat Kohli, Glenn Maxwell, and AB de Villiers after shining with the bat. The aspect collapsed from 62/1 to 69/4 and misplaced a flurry of wickets on the again finish of their innings.

“We understand the areas where we lost momentum. The composition of our team is such that someone like Rajat, if you see the last game, controlled the game for us. We give him that freedom and sometimes it doesn’t work out,” stated Kohli.

“Maxi and AB at 4 and 5 have worked well for us, when there’s a partnership early, one of them will come off. Didn’t work today but Rajat’s a quality player. A bit of a positive at the end, pulled things back nicely. Harshal and Jamo struck a few at the end. A loss off 60-65 would’ve hurt more,” he added.

RCB is now on the third spot with 10 factors and can subsequent lock horns with Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) on Monday. (ANI)

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