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Virat Kohli ‘hurt’ at seeing Royal Challengers Bangalore’s batting collapses

Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore have regularly lost matches while chasing even low totals in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017. The RCB captain says he is hurt and disheartened at the way his team is playing

ipl 2017 Updated: May 06, 2017 14:16 IST
HT Correspondent
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Hindustan Times
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Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore are out of play-off race in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017. (PTI)

Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore slumped to their fifth consecutive loss in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017 as they were all out for 119 in a 139-run chase to Kings XI Punjab on Friday.

This was a fresh humiliation to a side that, in an earlier match, was dismissed by Kolkata Knight Riders for 49 – the lowest ever score in IPL history.

For the IPL runner-up, this season has been tragic as they are already out of the play-off race. Kohli said he has no explanation for the series of poor performances.

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“It’s really disheartening. I don’t know what to say about games like these any more. Its happening many a times for our liking and something we have not been able to change,” Kohli said after his team’s loss to KXIP.

“Anything that we are trying is just not working. It’s strange. People are trying to be positive, but are just not finding a way to make that big score.”

The 28-year-old Kohli added that is such situation motivation was hard to come by. “This season has been totally against what we wanted to do. It is very difficult to find motivation when you are playing like this,” the RCB captain said.

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“The guys prepared themselves really well this season. They were good with the ball tonight (vs KXIP), but with the bat we let ourselves down. I have never experienced so many batting collapses in a season. It really hurts.”

RCB have now lost nine games out of 12 and are at the bottom of the table with only five points in his kitty. “It’s disheartening at them moment, we can’t really pin point at anything. We are trying to be as positive as we can. But it’s just not coming together for us,” he said.

“Preparations have been quite similar. Guys are doing what they need to do to prepare for a game. But what’s important is what you do on the field.”

Regarding KXIP’s Sandeep Sharma, who became the first bowler to dismiss Kohli, AB de Villiers and Chris Gayle, in a single match, the RCB skipper said: “We did not plan anything specifically for a particular bowler. He bowled well, hit the right areas and all the three wickets were good length deliveries. So, full credit to him.”

First Published: May 06, 2017 14:08 IST