Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) skipper Virat Kohli admitted that they allowed KL Rahul-led side to receive over the par score in the last over of Punjab Kings’ innings in Ahmedabad at the Narendra Modi Stadium on Friday evening. Chris Gayle and Rahul fired with the bat before Harpreet Brar and Ravi Bishnoi picked three and two wickets each and every to help Punjab Kings register a thumping 34-run win over RCB. In the final four overs, Punjab Kings scored 53 runs with 22 coming in the last six balls as Rahul and Harpreet Brar ensured the side finished the innings on a high.
“They got off to a decent start and we pulled things back decently. Probably gave absent 25 too much at the end, will have to have been chasing 160. Had a chat around implementing our plans, which we did, but at the end we strayed absent,” Kohli told host broadcaster Star Sports after the match.
Chris Gayle had blasted five fours in six balls before KL Rahul changed gears in the death overs to steer Punjab Kings to 179/5. In reply, RCB was once only ready to score 145/8, thanks to a brilliant bowling performance from Harpreet and Bishnoi.
“With the bat, we never got the momentum, they bowled polite, to be sincere. Just kept the pressure going. But as batsmen as polite we could have tried more things at the start. It was once hard to hit through the line,” said Kohli.
“It was once approximately making a partnership and making certain you’re there to retain getting the boundaries, bat at a strike rate of a minimum of 110. We didn’t manage to try this,” 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 side collapsed from 62/1 to 69/4 and missing a flurry of wickets at the back end of their innings.
“We understand the areas where we missing momentum. The composition of our team is such that someone like Rajat, whether you see the final game, controlled the game for us. We give him that freedom and on occasion it doesn’t work out,” said Kohli.
“Maxi and AB at 4 and 5 have worked polite for us, when there is 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 (Kyle Jamieson) struck a couple of at the end. A loss off 60-65 would’ve hurt more,” he added.
RCB is now at the third spot with 10 points and will next face off against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) on Monday.
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