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What's wrong with RCB's batting?

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Last updated on: April 29, 2017 20:50 IST
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'Could be a few reasons, expectations, people looking at us as a good batting side that made the play-offs last year. Can't really pinpoint something -- could be hesitation to get out, to get runs.'

Virat Kohli

IMAGE: RCB captain Virat Kohli walks back after his dismissal. Photograph: BCCI

His team all but out of contention for a place in the play-offs of the tenth edition of the Indian Premier League, a dejected Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli found his team's horrendous performance inexplicable.

 "I think it's for everyone to see we lost that game. It's hard for a captain to stand here and speak after a performance like this," Kohli said after his team were thrashed by Rising Pune Supergiant by 61 runs in Pune, on Saturday.

The RCB skipper ruled out any outside chance of making it to the play-offs winning the remaining four games.

"We are pretty much not in the race for the play-offs. All we can do is enjoy the four remaining games," said Kohli.

Not one to mince words, Kohli said that it was his team which lost the match rather than the opposition winning it.

"We lost the game rather than them winning it. But got to learn and move on from these kind of experiences," Kohli added.

Having lost seven out of 10 matches, including getting bundled out twice for below 100 and nine wickets down in back-to-back games, Kohli said there could be a number of reasons behind RCB's dismal showing with the bat.

"Could be a few reasons, expectations, people looking at us as a good batting side that made the play-offs last year. Can't really pinpoint something -- could be hesitation to get out, to get runs," he said.

Meanwhile, Rising Pune Supergiant captain Steve Smith praised man-of-the-match Lockie Ferguson for his impressive figures of two for seven from four overs.

"Lockie Ferguson bowled beautifully. It's a magnificent effort from Lockie, hit good lengths and bowled good bouncers as well. He is an exciting player for the future," said Smith.

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