Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Virat Kohli said on Friday he couldn’t execute the plans and disclosed too many races against the Punjab Kings in the IPL here.
Batted, KL Rahul (91) and Chris Gayle (46) shared 80 points for the second wicket, but the Punjab was quickly pissed off as they were reduced to 118 for five.
However, Rahul and Harmeet Brar (25) ensured that the Punjab put on board a competitive 179 for five at the end.
“They got off to a good start, but we fell back a bit after five tries. I should have chased 160, when they were 116/5, but we gave 25 points at the end, ”Kohli said in the post-match presentation.
“Too focused on what the hitters were doing. We strayed from our plans. We gave too many bad balls for the limits, ”he said.
Chasing the total, RCB found the race difficult as they could only score 36 points from the Powerplay overs.
Brar (3/19) and Ravi Bishnoi (2/17) then smothered them with their spin as RCB finished 145 for 8.
“As drummers, we could have tried different things from the start. It was difficult to cross the line. It was about trying to get a partnership and have a hit rate over 110. We weren’t able to do that as a batting unit, ”said Kohli, who scored the first with 35.
“Just a few small adjustments that we need to take into account going forward. There are areas that we need to improve. “
Asked why Glenn Maxwell or AB de Villiers don’t beat higher in order, Kohli said: “The makeup of our team is such that we give him (Patidar) the freedom to play at number 3. C ‘is situational (batting), it’s a good balance for our batting lineup.
“Rajat is a quality player, just that tonight was not his night. In the end, we gave 25 points too much. A wicket there and we could have squeezed them. We were unable to carry out our plans.
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Winning captain Rahul praised Brar, 25.
“We were preparing Brar. On terrain like this, we felt like we needed a finger spinner that could hit hard. He did just that and hit really well at the end too, ”he said.
“I’m young myself, but I tried to talk to the boys and pass on all my experience of IPL and international cricket.
“They are fortunate to have a huge talent and we have to prepare them for the situations and the pressures they would face in the middle.”
His 57-ball hit was the cornerstone of the Punjab’s innings and Rahul said “it was important for me to lead forward”.
“… That’s what I try to do in every game. When I have the opportunity to pressure bowlers and set goals, I try to do it to the best of my ability. It went well today, ”he said.
Speaking about Gayle, Rahul said: “There is a lot of writing about Gayle, about his age and whether he should play. But I know as a captain the impact he has when he comes out is huge.
“I have been playing with him for 7-8 years and he keeps improving. He beats at three, which he has never done in his career, but he will do it for the team. This is the man that Chris is. It relieves me of the pressure at the top.