Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli on Friday lamented the failure to implement plans against the Punjab Kings in the IPL and leaked too many runs.
In batting, KL Rahul (91) and Chris Gayle (46) shared 80 runs for the second wicket, while Punjab were restricted to 118 for five.
However, Rahul and Harmeet Brar (25) put Punjab on 179 for five at the end.
“They got off to a good start but we took things back a bit after five down. They should have chased 160 when they were 116/5, but in the end we gave up 25-odd runs,” Kohli said in the post-match performance.
“The batsmen were more focused on what they were doing. We were far from our plans. We gave a lot of bad balls for the boundaries,” he said.
Chasing the total, RCB managed just 36 runs from powerplay overs.
RCB ended at 145 for 8 with Brar (3/19) and Ravi Bishnoi (2/17) smoother with their spin.
“As batsmen we can try different things in the beginning. It’s very difficult to hit through the line. It’s trying to get a partnership and have a strike rate of more than 110. We as a batting unit could not do that,” said Kohli, who top-scored with 35.
“There are some small adjustments we need to make to move forward. There are areas we need to improve.”
When asked why neither Glenn Maxwell nor AB de Villiers batted in the order, Kohli said: “According to the composition of our team we give him (the partner) the freedom to play in 3rd place. This (batting order) context is a good balance for our batting line-up.
“Rajat is a quality player, tonight is not his night. In the end we gave up a lot of 25 runs. There was one wicket and we could squeeze them in. We could not execute our plans.”
KL Rahul has now scored 284 against Royal Challengers Bangalore
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Winning Captain Rahul praised the 25-year-old Brar.
“We are preparing Brar. On a pitch like this, we felt we needed a finger spinner to hit hard lengths. He did it right and batted well in the end,” he said.
“I was young, but I was trying to talk to the boys and want to tell you what kind of experience I have in IPL and international cricket.
“They are blessed with immense talent and we need to prepare them for the situations and pressures they will face in the middle.”
His 57 balls were the mainstay of the Punjab innings and Rahul said “it is very important that I get ahead from the front”.
“… I try to do every game. When I get the chance to put pressure on the bowlers and set goals, I try to do it to the best of my ability. Today came well,” he said.
Speaking about Gayle, Rahul said, “A lot has been written about Gayle, his age and whether he plays. But I know as a captain, his impact was huge when he went out. “
“I’ve played with him for 7-8 years and he’s been improving. He’s been batting at three, he’s never done in his career, but he’s doing it for the team. It’s a guy named Chris. He takes the pressure off my top.”