IPL 2023 – Virat Kohli on RCB’s loss to KKR – ‘You call it a freebie – we really made them win’

Royal Challengers Bangalore gave “freebies” to Kolkata Knight Riders on Wednesday night, and despite all their mistakes on the field, they “deserved to lose”. Virat KohliAfter standing in place of Faf du Plessis as captain, he said lost by 21 runs At home in Bengaluru.

“To be honest, we handed the game to them,” Kohli told the host broadcaster after the match. “We deserved to lose because we weren’t that professional in the field. The bowlers bowled in good areas but we didn’t take our chances. It’s what you call a freebie in T20 cricket and we really gave them the win.” Which is not ideal for me because we take pride in the way we play and tonight we were not up to standard and we are not ashamed to admit that.

“(There were) some instances where we could not capitalize in crunch moments. In the field, there were periods of four-five overs where we missed chances and in the end we had to concede around 25-30 runs.”

kkr captain Nitish Rana He got two lives in the 13th and 15th overs and scored 48 runs in just 21 balls. The first of those chances came when he was on 5, with Mohammed Siraj dropping Rana at long-off off the bowling of Vijaykumar Vishak. After one over, Rana flicked Siraj’s ball to fine leg, where Harshal Patel could not survive. Rana was then on 19 off 12.

Rana hit two sixes on Harshal in the next over and two fours and a six on Vishak in the next 17th over. RCB gave away 50 runs in the last four overs which helped KKR reach 200 runs.

Despite scoring 58 runs, RCB lost three wickets of Faf du Plessis, Shahbaz Ahmed and Glenn Maxwell in the powerplay. Kohli then scored his fifth half-century this season and kept RCB in the game with a 55-run partnership. With Mahipal Lomror. But the pair fell apart early and that derailed the target.

“With the bat, we established ourselves really well and then (there) were a lot of easy outs,” Kohli said. “Balls that are not wicket-taking balls, but we got it to the fielders about four-five times in the innings. These are some of the soft plays in cricket that you want to avoid as a team. So when you hit a six-six Have- seven of them in one night, obviously you’ll be on the losing side.

“Even after losing wickets, one partnership brought us back into the game. We were one more partnership away from getting close to chasing that (target). We just need to identify the things that didn’t go right tonight.” He played for the opposition and did not allow him to soften.”

This was RCB’s second defeat to KKR this season. as things stand, They are fifth in the tableChennai Super Kings and Gujarat Titans have just two points each from ten, but will now play five games each before returning to the M Chinnaswamy Stadium for their last league match.

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