Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Virat Kohli was furious with his bowlers and slammed them for their efforts after the hosts suffered fifth straight loss in the ongoing season of the Indian Premier League.
Chasing 206, KKR scored the required 66 runs of the balls to seal a sensational five-wicket win over RCB.
“There is no guessing there (about where we lost the game), the last 4 four overs that we bowled was just unacceptable. We needed to be more clever, nothing came off and we just cracked under pressure. That’s been our story this season so far,” said Kohli.
“If you bowl with not enough bravery in the crucial overs, it’s always going to be difficult against power-hitters like Russell,” he added.
Talking about his knock, Virat said: “I wasn’t really happy getting out at that moment, could’ve got 20-25 more. AB didn’t get much strike in the end. I thought the runs were enough on the board, we didn’t have enough composure. “If you can’t defend 75 in the last four overs, then I don’t know if you can defend 100. We can have a bit of chat about what went wrong, apart from that nothing much you can say. I don’t think talking enough helps all the time. You need to give the guys some space and come back stronger in the next game. It’s been a disappointing season so far, but we are still optimistic about our chances,” he said.
KL Rahul, who triggered a storm following his sexist comments on Koffee With Karan, has received words of appreciation from Kings XI Punjab's co-owner, Preity Zinta. The Indian opener had to bear the brunt of public anger and was even suspended by the BCCI. However, since his comeback to cricket, KL Rahul is making his bat do all the talking.
According to Preity Zinta, Rahul is respectful towards women and it was sad to see him landing in the middle of controversy for the comments made on the TV show. He has scored 91 runs in four innings including an unbeaten knock of 71.
"It is so good to see Rahul back in form. He is a very very nice guy. What happened is in the past. I just feel the bad the way the whole thing turned out but you live and learn," Zinta told PTI.
"Actually, he is very sweet and respectful with women, so I don't know the way it all came out. As I said, these are teachable moments," she added.
When asked whether she shares her experiences with the youngsters of the team, she said: "Yes, we do have those conversations, we have been there and done that. These are young guys and they will live and learn with time. Unless you make a mistake or falter, you will never learn."
When it looked like RCB will end up winning their first game of the ongoing season of the Indian Premier League, Andre Russell pressed the destruction button leading KKR to victory by 5 wickets. The stage was set for the West Indies all-rounder but was kept quiet for the first five deliveries of his innings. However, Siraj's beamer allowed Russell to open up his big arms and the rest is history.
He scored an unbeaten 48 runs off 13 balls, which was laced with seven sixes and one boundary. After his blistering knock, Russell said such chases doesn't happen every day but he was backing himself to lead KKR to another win.
“I was confident when I went out to bat. DK was telling me to take a few balls to see how the pitch is behaving. I was watching in the dugout on TV and had a fair idea. When you need 68 off 20-odd balls, it doesn't happen every day. Need to put your body on the line. The nature of T20 is such that one over can change the momentum. That's