PBKS vs RCB in IPL 2021: Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore had the chance to go top of the table with a win against Punjab Kings at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. But RCB bottled the chance after a brilliant 91-run knock from KL Rahul and fine bowling from Harpreet Brar and Ravi Bishnoi. As RCB fell 34 runs short and lost the game, it was evident that slow batting at the top cost RCB the game. But Royal Challengers Bangalore head coach Simon Katich said the team would learn its lesson and come back strongly against KKR in the next match.
“Obviously, our net run rate took a hit today. We just got our class today by Punjab. I think that they played to the conditions better. They certainly assessed pretty well with the bat and got to a very good total. Then obviously we lost our way through the middle of the innings and probably left around a little bit too late. So, they deserved the win today,” Simon Katich said at the post-match press conference on Friday.
“They were very good. Obviously, KL Rahul was outstanding at the top of the order, marshalling them to that 190 score, which in the end was probably well over par on that wicket given it was the second time. It was used last night as well. So, disappointing day for us, but one thing this group is very good at is bouncing back. So, expect a good showing from us when we play KKR in a couple of days, time,” he added.
PBKS vs RCB in IPL 2021: ‘We left it too late,’ says Simon Katich about slow batting
With a tough 180-run target to chase, Royal Challengers Bangalore were off to a poor start, losing Devdutt Padikkal early. But then on, it was a struggle from Virat Kohli and Rajat Patidar, who could only score one run a ball until 11th over when Kohli got out. That slow batting up top put a lot of pressure on the middle-order batsmen who got out in a hurry to speed up scoring. Kohli scored 35 off 34 balls while Patidar managed 31 off 30.
Simon Katich agreed that the slow batting did not help the cause but added that the wicket got tough to bat on as the match progressed.
“Rajat has settled into the team nicely. It’s obviously his first IPL season and he’s shown a lot so far, particularly in our camp, in the practice games. And then he played nicely the other night against Delhi. It was a very valuable contribution of 31. Tonight, he found a tougher going. I thought they bowled very well. The wicket was tougher work, particularly to get the spinners away through the middle there. But he certainly was trying to. So, he’ll be better for the experience. He’s a very good young player. So, hopefully, he’ll keep getting more experiences as the tournament goes on,” Simon Katich said.
“Harshal, as we know, has done a magnificent job for us with the ball. But he showed us a lot with the bat tonight with beautiful sixes and played a nice knock there. So, we certainly have got a number of guys that can hold the bat at the back end of the innings. But tonight, it showed that we left our runs way too late and it was too much pressure on the guys in the middle and the back end of the innings. So, we’ll address that and no doubt come back strongly against the KKR,” he added.
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PBKS vs RCB in IPL 2021: Katich continues to defend Chahal despite poor form
While Royal Challengers Bangalore have escaped multiple times with Harshal Patel doing a fine job with the ball or the batters continuing to score, one player in the Playing XI hasn’t produced the way he is expected of. Yuzvendra Chahal was once again expensive on Friday and could only manage a wicket.
So far in IPL 2021, he has scalped 4 wickets in 7 matches conceding runs at an economy rate of 8.26. On Friday, he returned with 1/34 in his four overs as Chris Gayle and KL Rahul took him on. However, Simon Katich defended the leg-spinner saying it was just one off-day and his position in the team is not under the scanner.
“I wouldn’t say his spot is under the scanner. I think, obviously today they bowled a much better length and waited. In terms of the way the wicket played, it certainly looked like it got slower and slower as the night went on. So, they assessed it well, they bowled a very good length. We were off our lengths a little bit. So, Yuzi fought back well, but he got off to a slow start in that first over to Gayle. It’s never easy to play catch up as a spinner when you’ve been hit in your first over. But I thought Shahbaz Ahmed bowled well. We tried to cool things back, but in the end 190 was too many on that wicket,” Simon Katich said.
“It’s something we addressed when it happened in Mumbai. You can’t let the emotion of what’s just happened affected the way you bat. But in that game, it was more a case of, we got off to a great start with the bat, but we got out and done in the middle against spin. Once again today, the same thing happened. So, no doubt, we’ll address this in the review in a couple of days’ times once the dust has settled. We always go through games, whether we’ve had a good game or a bad game. In T20, sometimes it doesn’t go to plan and you learn a lot from it. And I know we’d certainly did that after the game against Chennai in Mumbai and expect the same here after tonight. So yes, it’s disappointing, but we’ll put it to bed in a couple of days and then move on and come back strongly against KKR,” he added.