Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) succumbed to their third defeat in a row in IPL 2021 and their seventh loss in a row in the UAE. Skipper Virat Kohli lamented the poor batting display and also reckoned the bowling was quite under par.
CSK inflicted another defeat on RCB by cruising to a six-wicket win with over 10 balls to spare. It was lop-sided for a majority of the game, with Kohli’s men losing hold of the game after the first 10 overs of their batting. Speaking at the post-match presentation, Kohli said:
“The wicket slowed down a touch, but we were 15-20 runs short. 175 could have been a winning total on this track. Our bowlers were not consistent enough with the ball. Too many boundary balls and scoring opportunities. They bowled well at the back end. Took pace off and executed yorkers. it wasn’t easy to hit the good balls.“
“This one is a bit more disappointing than the earlier game” – Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli mentioned that their defeat to Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the previous game hurt much less than the loss to CSK. They were on top in the first ten overs but managed to fluff the lead and allow CSK a way back into the game.
“We spoke of areas where we did not want them to hit the ball but did not bowl there. The X factor was missing in the first six overs, we could not pick wickets. Those few moments are the moments you fail to capitalize on.“
“This one is a bit more disappointing than the earlier game. We were on top and then gave it away. We will bounce back in the next game and we need to bounce back quickly considering where we are in the tournament,” Kohli added.
The loss didn’t change RCB’s position on the points table. They remain in third place with five wins in nine games. As for CSK, they went back to the top of the table.