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'We just failed to hold on to our composure in testing times'

May 21, 2014 09:13 IST

'We just failed to hold on to our composure in testing times'

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A disappointed Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Virat Kohli has rued the fact that they will now have to adopt a "wait and watch" policy to know their chances of qualifying for the play-offs after the team slumped to its seventh defeat in IPL-7. 

RCB lost by seven wickets to a clinical Sunrisers Hyderabad on Tuesday to make life difficult for themselves in the ongoing IPL. RCB now find itself in the fifth position in the points table with two more games to follow. But a win in the next two matches will not be enough to seal their play-off berth as their fate now depends on the results of other games as well. 

"Before this game, we have things in our hands to qualify. We have to win this game to keep things under our control. But now we will have to wait and watch what other teams do and hope for the right result, which is not good situation to be in," Kohli said.

"We were in such a situation last year as well but we played good cricket to put ourselves in a position where we had the control of how to play the last three games. But we could not hold on to that momentum this year," he said.

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'We could not execute our plans in the end and suffered'

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Kohli was dejected with the fact that his good show failed to help his team clinch a victory against Sunrisers.

Kohli, who led from the front with a 41-ball 67 -- his first half century of the tournament, RCB was just not good enough to cross the line. 

"We could not execute our plans in the end and suffered because of that. Sunrisers played well throughout the second innings.

"We pulled things back nicely, but just not good enough to cross the line. I mean, 22 in two overs with momentum on our side, we should have defended.

"If you don't execute your yorkers, you are going to suffer in the end overs," he said.

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'We failed to grab on to that momentum'

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Kohli said shortcomings in the bowling department cost RCB the match.

"Twenty20 is a very short game and you don't need just two good overs, if you want to get back into the game, you need four in a trot.

"I think we bowled 50 per cent of good balls and then we just gave the momentum with the areas that we did not want to bowl at. That cost us in the end," he said. 

"The bowlers did a good job to make a come back into the game. I think we just failed to grab on to that momentum," he added.

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'We have not been able to maintain our composure'

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Kohli feels RCB has lost quite a few close games this year because it could not maintain its composure under testing conditions.

"We lost quite a few close games. It is not that we were thrashed by the opposition. We just failed to hold on to our composure in those testing times.

"We need to be composed enough in important situation to be on the right side of the result," he said. 

Referring to RCB's matches against Mumbai Indians, Rajasthan Royals earlier in the tournament, Kohli said: "If we had won those close games, we woud not have been in a situation like this. We cannot look back but we have not been able to maintain our composure."


Image: Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli
Photographs: BCCI

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