“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.”
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.”