Royal Challengers Bangalore’s (RCB) skipper Shane Watson has put all the blame on himself of his side’s last night defeat to Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) by 8 wickets at the Holkar Cricket Stadium in Indore.
The Australian star all-rounder won the toss on a pitch that is known for batting paradise and chose to bat first. Skipper failed to gave to a good start to the team and was dismissed on 1 run in the very first over of the innings by Axar Patel.
In five overs, RCB were 22-3 due to brilliant bowling display by the Kings XI Punjab and some ordinary batting performance by the Royal Challengers Bangalore as they managed to score just 23 runs in the mandatory powerplay and lost 3 important wickets.
That situation didn’t get better until the 16th over as they were scoring at a rate of just over 4 but then came Mr.360 AB De Villiers, who was playing his first game of the season. He smashed the KXIP bowlers all around the park to and scored unbeaten 89 from just 46 balls hitting 9 sixes in the process and got the visitors to a respectable total of 148. If not for his effort, RCB would have been left embarrassing with a paltry total.
“I didn’t start well with the bat and I’m certainly to blame, getting out in the first over,” Watson said.
“AB was incredible as he always is and it would have been nice if we had supported him”, he added. “A few more than 170-180 would have been nice.”
The Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) on the other hand, made a mockery of their total of 148. They took the RCB bowlers to the cleaners as Hashim Amla (58) and Glenn Maxwell (43) shared a 72-run unbeaten partnership in just 38 balls to take them home with more than 5 overs to spare.
“We didn’t even execute nicely with the ball. There was a little bit more dew than I thought there would be and it was skidding along more in the second innings”, said Watson.
Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) play their next game on April 14 against Mumbai Indians (MI) at home.