Deccan v Bangalore, IPL 2012, Hyderabad May 21, 2012

Poor shot selection cost us - Kohli

ESPNcricinfo staff

Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli has said his side erred in its shot selection in a low-scoring chase against Deccan Chargers on Sunday. Royal Challengers' defeat in Hyderabad allowed Chennai Super Kings to hang on to the fourth spot at the end of the league stage and qualify for the playoffs.

After dismissing Chargers for 132, Royal Challengers lost wickets at regular intervals, Dale Steyn finishing with figures of 4-0-8-3. Kohli said Steyn's spell cost his team the match. "He bowled amazingly well," Kohli said. "He's one player that you must be cautious against. We needed to target the other bowlers but I don't think we played the right kind of shots. On that wicket we could have played ourselves in before taking chances at the end.

"We have been batting brilliantly through the tournament but today people were getting beaten on straight balls; balls that they would usually smash out of the ground. Things didn't go right for us as far as batting is concerned but I think we bowled well and fielded well. We played good cricket for 70 percent of the game."

After the dismissal of Chris Gayle and Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kohli and Saurabh Tiwary kept Royal Challengers in the hunt with a brisk stand of 46, which came at 7.45 runs an over. But Kohli's dismissal in the 16th over led to a lower-order collapse. "My wicket changed the face of the match, we were easily poised and at that stage needed 30 from 25 balls. We made mistakes today and could have played better cricket shots," Kohli said.

"When a team has nothing to lose they play freely and they bowled in good areas today. I don't think the wicket was that bad to bat on, it was a bit two-paced but if you played yourself in then you could hit some big shots. Apart from me and Saurabh (Tiwary ) we didn't get any partnerships. We need small partnerships in T20 when you're chasing a small score and that didn't happen for us today."

Kohli said despite Gayle falling in the third over, Royal Challengers should have chased the target easily. "He's been a big, impact player for us but (after his dismissal) the other players should have stepped up today, which didn't happen. We should have made better decisions while batting.

"You can't smash every over in T20, you must analyse and stretch the game till the end, we needed partnerships and when I got out we needed 30 from 25 which was gettable. It was always up to the batsmen in the middle to analyse what was going on."

Despite failing to make the playoffs, Kohli said the side learnt a lot from the high-quality cricket played in the IPL this year. "Unfortunately we are out because of net run-rate but I don't think we've played bad cricket at all," he said. "It feels very bad (failing to qualify for playoffs) but as a tournament the IPL has been brilliant this year, I think six-seven teams were on 16-17 points each. It's been really competitive and it's good the more competitive it gets, as it brings out more quality from the players."

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  • Anver on May 22, 2012, 4:41 GMT

    I believe over confidence cost RCB the match.... a poor show by them!!! they were the in formed team & favorites to win the title but just couldn't surpass that paltry score of 132 ??????

  • Muhammad on May 21, 2012, 12:16 GMT

    DISSAPOINTED....Gayle and ABD gone.... only reason for watching IPL now will be David Warner ..............

  • Harry on May 21, 2012, 12:14 GMT

    Not poor shot selection, but poor skipper selection. Kohli was a disaster. He is not a thinking skipper. Any opposing captain can outsmart him. Kohli has aggression, but that is enough to show fingers at the crowd and nothing more. He is a total disaster. India should dump the guy.

  • Dummy4 on May 21, 2012, 11:52 GMT

    >>I don't think we've played bad cricket at all Hey Kohli, your team has won only 8 matches out of 16, despite Gayle's performance. How is it not due to playing bad cricket?

  • Dummy4 on May 21, 2012, 11:27 GMT

    Can someone tell me how many matches has RCB lost where Galyle failed? I would guess RcB only won Gayle scored?

  • Dummy4 on May 21, 2012, 11:13 GMT

    I agree with sadha 1972 's comment...

  • Ramakrishnan on May 21, 2012, 11:10 GMT

    How could a team win a match when 8 batsmen score single digit scores? Neither RCB nor DC deserved to win yesterday's match. Probably RCB players' overconfidence did them in. From a position of 103 for 4, scoring 133 is not a big task and RCB ultimately surrendered tamely, much to the delight of CSK team.

  • kunal on May 21, 2012, 10:51 GMT

    RCB had a very good side this year , i think they lost close matches coz of poor bowling performance also the dependency was too much on one player to take them over the line and its difficult to diliver each time you play. Yes kolhi is good and agressive player , but Gauti has it for a leader.

  • Dummy4 on May 21, 2012, 10:18 GMT

    RCB did not lose to a team called DC. They lost to a man called DALE STEYN...

  • Karunaprasad on May 21, 2012, 9:57 GMT

    Apart from poor shot selection, RCB lost because of choosing to field after winning the toss. Batting second on this two-paced wicket was difficult. Kohli did not learn from RR-DC match which was low scoring. Batsmen like Cheteswara Pujara would have been ideal on this kind of wicket and should have played in place of Mayank or Saurabh. It is pity that RCB had to play Saurabh in every match because of high price paid to him by Mallya. It is shame that talented player like Cheteswara sitting out in most of the matches. He would have scored lots of runs and brought more stability to the batting like Rahane did for RR. The way Mayank got bowled by Amit showed that why he has not played First class cricket for Karnataka yet. There is lot of difference in hitting sixes on flat Bangalore track and batting on difficult pitch like Hyderabad and score runs with good technique against quality bowling.

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