Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) skipper Virat Kohli was no hesitation in taking the blame for their loss against Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) in their second tie of the IPL 2020. RCB had a massive loss of 97 runs after KXIP went to bat first and put up a massive score of 206 runs on the board. KL Rahul went and scored a massive knock of unbeaten 132 runs off 69 balls including 14 fours and 7 sixes. Virat Kohli dropped Rahul’s catch twice and gave him a lifeline which cost RCB enough.
The RCB team had a quick breakdown against the Punjab bowlers, going all out for 109 runs in the 17th over. Kohli also failed miserably in their chase after he was sent back to pavilion for just 1 run in 5 balls by Sheldon Cottrell.
“I have to stand in front and take the brunt of it, not the best day in the office”: Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli said he has to take the brunt of the loss with his howlers costing the team. KXIP opener KL Rahul, who was dropped at 83 and 89 by Kohli, went on to score a massive knock of 132 runs. Kohli stated Rahul’s wicket cost them another 35-40 runs and the outcome would have been different if they could’ve halted KXIP for 180 runs.
“I have to stand in front and take the brunt of it, not the best day in the office, couple of important chances of KL when he was set and that cost us 35-40 runs at a later stage. Maybe if we restricted them to 180, we wouldn’t have been under pressure from ball one of the chase,” said Kohli at the post-match presentation.
Virat Kohli says “It is time to move on and learn from the mistakes we made”
The skipper is still very optimistic and feels they need to get over the defeat and learn from the mistakes they made. RCB started off their IPL 2020 campaign with an impressive victory against SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH).
“We have had a good game (against Sunrisers Hyderabad), we have had a bad game and now it is time to move on and learn from the mistakes we made,” said Kohli.
RCB won the toss and chose to field at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium against KXIP. RCB’s batsmen were quickly sent back to pavilion with each and every one of the big names failing against the bowling attack of KXIP. Washington Sundar was the highest run-getter for RCB, scoring 30 runs. They went all out for a low total of 109 runs in the 17th over.
In their next game, RCB will face the defending champions Mumbai Indians (MI) on September 28th at Dubai.