Virat Kohli on RCB’s huge loss to CSK: Good to get a game like this out of the way

first_imgadvertisement commentary No data available! scorecard Rajarshi Gupta ChennaiMarch 23, 2019UPDATED: March 23, 2019 23:37 IST Virat Kohli’s RCB opened their IPL 2019 campaign with a thumping loss against CSK. (IPL Photo)HIGHLIGHTSVirat Kohli said neither team had control over the pitch at the Chepauk after RCB lost to CSKRCB were bowled out for 70; CSK batsmen also struggled but won by 7 wicketsKohli admitted RCB should have batted better irrespective of the pitchVirat Kohli was not entirely pleased with the pitch on offer at the M. A. Chidambaram Stadium after Royal Challengers Bangalore were bowled out for 70 and lost the opening match of IPL 2019 to defending champions Chennai Super Kings by 7 wickets. However, Kohli credited CSK and said the hosts deserved to win.It was a slow pitch which greeted both teams for the season opener. Harbhajan Singh and Imran Tahir picked 3 wickets apiece to blow RCB away. Chennai Super Kings took their time and brought up victory in the 18th over.However, Kohli said it was good to game the game out of the way and reckoned RCB would be ready to do better and appeared happy with the way his bowlers fought against a formidable batting line-up.IPL 2019 CSK VS RCB: HIGHLIGHTS | REPORT”No one wants to start like this, but it’s good to get a game like this out of the way – this early in the tournament,” Kohli said at the post-match presentation ceremony.”We spoke of trying to be in the game, taking it to the 18th over was nice to see. The batting wasn’t good, it wasn’t easy to bat on, looked much better surface though, I thought 140-150 would have been an ideal score, especially with dew expected later on.”A scrappy start to the league, but I don’t think either team had control over it, the pitch was under the covers for 4 days, but we should have batted better, 110-120 would have been a fighting score. He (Saini) has been good in conditions where there’s some grass, got his chance now. I thought CSK played really well, they deserved to win, but I loved to see our team fighting all the way,” he said.advertisementRoyal Challengers Bangalore batsmen were clueless against Chennai Super Kings’ spinners. Virat Kohli, Moeen Ali and AB de Villiers fell to Harbhajan Singh. Imran Tahir also mesmerised RCB picking up 3 for 9 off his 4 overs.Ravindra Jadeja bowled brilliantly too and pocketed 2 for 15 off his 4 overs.RCB equalled their own record for the 6th lowest IPL total when they were bowled out for 70. They were dismissed for the same score against Rajasthan Royals in Abu Dhabi in 2014.RCB are now the only team to be dismissed below 100 in the opening game of an IPL season twice. In the first ever IPL match against Kolkata Knight Riders on April 18, 2008, RCB were bowled out for 82 when they were set 223 after Brendon McCullum’s sensational 73-ball 158 not out.Royal Challengers Bangalore will be desperate to put things right after the crushing defeat in Chennai. RCB had reached the final in 2016 but their fortunes dipped in the two following seasons.In 2017, RCB finished last in the points table after winning only 3 out of 14 matches. Last year, RCB managed to win 6 out of 14 matches and finished 6th in the points table.Also Read | Suresh Raina 1st man to score 5000 runs in Indian Premier LeagueAlso Read | IPL 2019: Harbhajan Singh roars back to form with Kohli, Moeen, de Villiers wicketsAlso Read | RCB first team to be dismissed under 100 twice in IPL opening matchesFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Virat KohliFollow CSK vs RCBFollow IPL 2019Follow Royal Challengers BangaloreFollow Chennai Super Kingscenter_img graphs Virat Kohli on RCB’s huge loss to CSK: Good to get a game like this out of the wayIPL 2019: Virat Kohli said no team wants to start a tournament the way Royal Challengers Bangalore did in Chennai but said he was happy to get a “game like this out of the way.” RCB lost by 7 wickets after being bowled out for 70. view more view lesslast_img read more