Bowling at death cost us: Kohli

Bowling at death cost us: Kohli

A disappointed Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli said on Tuesday that their bowlers couldn’t execute plans in the death overs against Sunrisers Hyderabad.

“We couldn’t execute our plans well in the end. Sunrisers played well throughout the second innings. We pulled things back nicely, but it was just not good enough to cross the line. 22 in two overs, with momentum in our side -- we should have defended. If you don’t execute your yorkers well, you’re going to suffer in the end overs. And we were unable to do that,” said Kohli after RCB’s seven-wicket defeat against Sunrisers.

“T20 is a very short game. You need more than just two good overs. If you want to get back in a game, you need four in a trot. I think we bowled 50 per cent of good balls and then we just gave away momentum by bowling in the areas we didn’t want to bowl at. That cost us in the end, I think,” Kohli added.

Kohli admitted that it would be frustrating to be at other team’s mercy to reach the knockout stage.

“I said before this game that we had things in our hand if we wanted to qualify. We had to win this game to keep things under our control. Now we have to wait and watch what other teams do and hope for a right result, which is not a good situation to be in. We were in this situation last year as well, and we played good cricket to put ourselves in a position where we had control on how we want to play the last three games. But, as I said, we couldn’t hold on to the momentum and now we have to wait and watch what the other teams do,” he said.

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