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Virat Kohli wants RCB to be braver: 'We don't deserve to win if we field like that'

India Today logo India Today 29/04/2018 Abreshmina S Quadri

Virat Kohli was critical of Royal Challengers Bangalore fielding (RCB) after they slumped to a six-wicket loss against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the Indian Premier League (IPL) at M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on Sunday.

Brendon McCullum and Quinton de Kock gave RCB a flying start as they put up 67-run partnership up top but after Brendon McCullum fell in the 10th over of the match, Virat Kohli waged a lone battle through the innings.

Kohli smashed his 33rd IPL fifty scoring 68 off 44 deliveries and accelerated in the end to take RCB to a competitive total of 175/4.

Kohli felt that the score was par and in fact more than they had anticipated at one point in the game.

"It's a pretty surprising every time we bat. Looked better than it played (the track). 175 was a really good score, we were thinking of 165 at one stage after those wickets, so 10 was a bonus," Kohli said after the match.

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Despite a par score, RCB's fielding was a huge disappointment and eventually cost them the match. Dropped catches and slack fielding were the highlights of the second innings from RCB. Chris Lynn went on to score a match-winning 62 after he was dropped by Murugan Ashwin on 7 and captain Kohli looked a frustrated man.

"If we field like that, we don't deserve to win. We need to be hard on ourselves and be more brave with the ball and in the field, we need to correct those things going forward."

In the 19th over, Kohli himself took an exemplary catch as he raced towards long-on to catch hold of the ball and dismiss Dinesh Karthik. However, the match had already gone out of RCB's clutches and Kohli did not even celebrate his breathtaking fielding effort.

"All 11 of us need to come together and bring that excitement on the field. We don't deserve to win if we field like that. We can't afford to field like that and let singles go to boundaries. We were just not good enough tonight."

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RCB are now second from bottom in the points table with just two wins from seven games and will need to put up miraculously better performances in each match ahead to qualify for the playoffs.

Kohli urged for his men to understand from their mistakes and step up if they were to stay in the tournament.

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"I can't pin point anything right now, we need to win six out of seven to qualify from here. We need to be in that mindset to take every match as as virtual semi-final from now. There's no room for lapses, complacency or hesitation. We need our guys stepping up and hopefully the guys can put up a better show," Kohli concluded.

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