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IPL 2018: Fielding let RCB down vs Kolkata Knight Riders, says Brendon McCullum

Brendon McCullum made 38 as Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) managed to post a challenging 175/4 but the score proved to be below par and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) won with ease in their Indian Premier League (IPL 2018) match.

cricket Updated: Apr 30, 2018 08:47 IST
Khurram Habib
Khurram Habib
Hindustan Times, Bengaluru
IPL 2018,Brendon McCullum,Kolkata Knight Riders
Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) batsman Chris Lynn (L) celebrates with Shubman Gill after winning the match against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) with 6 wickets in hand in their 2018 Indian Premier League (IPL 2018) match at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on Sunday. (AFP)

Brendon McCullum blamed his side’s fielding for the loss against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on Sunday. (RCB vs KKR highlights)

The Kiwi batsman, returning to the side after being dropped for two games, made 38 as Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) managed to post a challenging 175/4 in their allotted 20 overs. However, the score proved to be below par. (RCB vs KKR scorecard)

Speaking to the media after the game, McCullum said, “To be honest, 175 was a good score. There was turn and variable bounce as well,” he said. (IPL points table)

“I thought the way we bowled in the first 6 overs, the scoreboard didn’t reflect how well we executed our plans. (But) we had our chances, we dropped too many catches. We were good with the bat and good with the ball but in the field it was disappointing. Unfortunately, you can’t be like this in this competition, added McCullum.

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The former New Zealand skipper gave credit to the opposition and refused to blame the Indian pacers in his side. With Virat Kohli playing two leg-spinners in a bid to attack, the onus was on others to provide back-up. However, both Umesh Yadav and Mohammed Siraj couldn’t restrict the batsmen and put pressure.

“If you look at the figures, then it tells (they tell) a different story. But if you look at the way we bowled, the areas we bowled at, the way we created the chances we did well. This is probably the best first 10 overs that we’ve bowled as a group for a while. We had our chances and didn’t take our chances. We can’t be harsh on bowlers, we should have backed them up with our fielding,” said McCullum.

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He added that luck did play a key role in denying them a chance and that the way KKR openers got away with some streaky shots was a bit frustrating.

“It can sometimes happen when the guys are trying to free their arms, if we had got early wickets then I think the result would have been different,” he said.

RCB have one game here, on Tuesday night against Mumbai Indians after which they get on the road for away matches. McCullum said it will be tough from hereon. He, however, added that they have themselves to blame for this situation. “We have to keep focus on the prize, keep performing and hope some amount of luck comes our way.”

First Published: Apr 30, 2018 08:38 IST