Virat Kohli slams lack of composure in RCB bowling attack

first_imgRoyal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli on Monday blasted his bowlers for letting the opposition go off the hook after their five-wicket loss against the Kolkata Knight Riders. (Scorecard)At one stage, the hosts were sensing victory at the M Chinnaswamy stadium but Yusuf Pathan (60) and Andre Russell (39) absolutely dismantled the Bangalore bowlers in the slog overs to dash their hopes. (Full IPL Coverage) Chasing a daunting 186-run target, Kolkata were in for an early scare as Robin Uthappa and Chris Lynn failed to get going. Captain Gambhir got a decent start but failed to convert it. His dismissal was followed by Manish Pandey’s wicket that saw Kolkata reeling at 69 for 4 in the 11th over.However, Russell and Pathan stitched a 96-run stand for the fifth wicket to help Kolkata cross the line and end their two-match losing streak. Both the power hitters were aided by some half-hearted efforts from the Bangalore players on the field. Barring Yuzvendra Chahal, none of the Bangalore bowlers managed to create an impression. (This is how Pathan, Russell stole the match away from Bangalore)”Nothing much to say, we needed to take our chances. We let the game drift away. Composure with the ball was lacking. Guys like Russell and Yusuf will make you pay. Need to take chances in T20 cricket,” a visibly disappointed Kohli said after the match.With their third defeat in a row, Bangalore are staring down the barrel this season in the points table. With just 2 wins in 7 games, they are on the seventh spot.advertisement”If you don’t take chances, the other team will make you pay. These games can pull a player down. Need to be positive and need to correct our mistakes,” he said.On the other hand, Kolkata moved to second spot on the table with five win out of eight games.Gambhir lauded Russell and Pathan for their “unbelievable” knocks.”Unbelievable knock from Russell and Yusuf. This is one of my favourite Yusuf innings,” the elated captain said.last_img read more