- Virat Kohli said this defeat is eye opener
- Kolkata beat Kohli’s team by 9 wickets
- The entire team of Bangalore was reduced to just 92 runs
- Chakraborty and Andre Russell took three wickets each.
Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) captain Virat Kohli said the match was an eye-opener for his team after their nine-wicket loss to Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in a one-sided match against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the Indian Premier League on Monday. Now you know which departments to work in.
KKR bundled out RCB for 92 runs in 19 overs with fine bowling from Andre Russell (3 for nine) and Varun Chakraborty (3 for 13). Lockie Ferguson also took two wickets for 24 runs. Apart from opener Devdutt Padikkal (22), none of the RCB batsmen could cross the 20-run mark.
In reply, KKR registered an easy victory at 94 for one in 10 overs thanks to an 82-run opening stand between openers Shubman Gill (48) and debutant Venkatesh Iyer (41 not out).
Kohli said after the match, ‘It was important to have a good partnership. We didn’t expect so much dew so soon. Lost five wickets for around 20 runs after 42 runs for one wicket. It is like an eye opener, when it happens at the beginning of the second phase, we know which areas we have to work on.’
Kohli has to lead the Indian team in the T20 World Cup to be held here from next month and hence he expressed happiness over the performance of Chakraborty who will be a part of Team India.
Kohli said, “Varun bowled very well, when he plays for India, he will be an important player for us. He is a player who will get a chance to play for India in the near future, it is a very good sign.
Kohli, however, is not overly upset over the loss. “We have won five out of eight matches, we expected to lose some matches. It is part of the game, we need to take a professional approach. We have to play according to our strong sides and execute our plans.
KKR captain Eoin Morgan said that it is rare when a team performs so well.
Morgan said, ‘Very rarely does it happen when you perform like we did today. We have talented players. Despite that though you have to do well on the field and we did that today. I don’t think the wicket has changed much. RCB got off to a good start but the wicket at the end of the powerplay changed things for us.
Virat Kohli (BCCI-IPL)