It is still a very heartening fact to digest that how in the freaking world did Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) manage to lose the last night's game against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR). The Virat Kohli-led team was in the driver's seat for quite a sizable part of the game at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru. However, the home team lost all the controllers when a herculean by the name of Andre Russell came in their arena and snatched a brutally unbelievable 5-wicket victory from the jaws of defeat.
After losing the toss and being asked to bat first, RCB posted a mammoth total of 205 runs on the back of phenomenal knocks from both Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers. In the run-chase, KKR got off to a topsy-curvy type of start, but then the big West Indian all-rounder entered the crease and straightaway lit up the stadium with some monstrous strikes. At the back of Russell powerful onslaught of 48 runs off just 13 balls which included 7 gigantic sixes, KKR smashed a total of 52 runs off the final two overs and in turn out of nowhere the visitors advanced to a brilliant victory.
We needed to be more clever
After the game, RCB skipper Virat Kohli admitted that his team clearly lost the game due to the disappointing bowling effort in the last four overs. Kohli mentioned that the RCB bowlers went depleting under the immense pressure of stopping Russell's assault and that has been their poor story in the season thus far.
"There is no guessing there, 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. If you bowl with not enough bravery in the crucial overs, it's always going to be difficult against power-hitters like Russell," said Virat Kohli.
Earlier in the first innings, Virat played a stunning knock of 84 runs and stitched a magnificent stand of 108 runs along with AB de Villiers. He noted that he got out at the wrong time. "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," he added.
We are still optimistic about our chances
After conceding its fifth straight loss, Kohli stated that it is very important to give players some space in order to come back stronger in the next match. He also noted that he is still optimistic about his team’s chances in the tournament. "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. We just have to believe in ourselves that we can turn things around," concluded the RCB skipper.