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Virat Kohli says he takes brunt of Royal Challengers Bangalore's heavy defeat to Kings XI Punjab

Virat Kohli dropped centurion KL Rahul twice and then got out cheaply in the chase of 207

Dubai, September 24: Virat Kohli went through a horror game against Kings XI Punjab on Thursday (September 24) in the IPL 2020. It began with Kohli dropping KL Rahul, who made a glittering 132, twice, got out cheaply while chasing 207 and then saw Royal Challengers Bangalore going down by 97 runs.

Kohli dropped Rahul on 84 off Dale Steyn at mid-off and then spilled another sitter at long-off when his opposite number was on 90. This time the unfortunate bowler was Navdeep Saini. Since the second drop Rahul added 42 more runs to his score to remain unbeaten on 132, the highest score by a captain in the IPL.

Not so surprisingly, Kohli owned the primary responsibility of RCB's tame defeat.

"I have to stand in front and take the brunt of it. (Him dropping Rahul) cost about 30-40 runs. If we'd restricted them at 180 we wouldn't have felt pressure to go from ball one. There are days when this kind of things keep happening and we just have to accept them. We've had a good game, we've had a bad game. It's time to move on," Kohli said in the post-match presentation.

"We need to learn to plug those little mistakes. We did pretty well, especially closing in on the second time out and just after that. But as I said, should have led from the front with those two chances. With the bat as well, we started well, but we should have put pressure straight away," he said.

So, will there be any change in batting order with Australian Glenn Philippe moving to top of the order.

"He's batted at the top of the order for Western Australia and done well at the Big Bash. We tried to see if we can maximise his ability. We just thought chasing a big total, we'll give ourselves a bit of depth in the middle overs. It did not come off," Kohli signed off.

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Story first published: Friday, September 25, 2020, 0:09 [IST]
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