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Match against KXIP turns nightmare for Virat Kohli

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It was a terrible day at office for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) captain Virat Kohli on Thursday.

He lost the toss to Kings XI Punjab (KXIP), dropped two catches of KL Rahul who went on to smash a 69-ball 132 and got out after scoring just 1 run. And, if that was not enough, he was fined Rs 12 lakh for slow over-rate.

RCB, which is one of the most fancied teams in IPL 2020, collapsed like a house of cards. The top batting order of the team, which includes Virat Kohli, failed to give a good start to the team, with the pressure mounting with each passing ball. Chasing a target of 207 in 20 overs, Kohli’s men collapsed for just 109 in 17 overs.

In their next match, KXIP will face Rajasthan Royals (RR) on September 27. Meanwhile, RCB will face Mumbai Indians (MI) on September 28.

What did Virat Kohli say?

Virat Kohli, during the post-match presentation, said: “I have to stand in front and take the brunt of it. Not the best day in the office, a couple of important chances of KL when he was set and that cost us 35-40 runs at a later stage. Maybe if we restricted them to 180 we wouldn’t have been under pressure from ball one of the chase.”

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“We know exactly where we went wrong and I have to put my hand up and say a couple of important chances went down. There are days when these kinds of things happen on the cricket field, they happen and we have to accept them.”

“We have had a good game (against Sunrisers Hyderabad), we have had a bad game and now it is time to move on and learn from the mistakes we made,” Virat Kohli added.

KL Rahul sets record for fastest 2,000 runs in IPL

While KL Rahul’s 69-ball 132 made it easy for his team to win the game, he also became the fastest Indian to score 2,000-runs in IPL. He achieved the feat by breaking the record of Sachin Tendulkar.

 

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