Moeen Ali rues poor shot selection after RCB’s sixth straight loss
Moeen Ali (BCCI Image)

Left frustrated after their sixth successive defeat, Royal Challengers Bangalore allrounder Moeen Ali Sunday blamed the poor shot selection of the batsmen for their four-wicket loss to Delhi Capitals in the IPL. Virat Kohli was the top-scorer with a 33-ball 41 as RCB could manage 149 for eight after being asked to take first strike. (READ: Rabada, Iyer star as Delhi beat RCB)

“I think they (Delhi Capitals) bowled well. Our shot selections wasn’t good,” Moeen told reporters during the post-match press conference here. “Obviously we needed a good partnership. I think, we started off well, but could not capitalise on it. Also we gave away wickets at the end and probably it wasn’t smart enough.” (READ: Can’t be giving excuses every game, says Kohli)

The hosts were also sloppy on the field as Delhi returned to score 152 for 6 in 18.5 overs. The English offspinner said his team is repeating the same mistakes of dropping catches and giving away wickets.

“Obviously it is very frustrating as players. We are training hard. We are doing right things in the training, but not delivering on the field. We are making same mistakes – dropping catches and giving away wickets,” said Moeen.

Ali said it was harder for batsmen to score in the first six overs. “It was definitely harder for the first six overs when we batted. The wicket generally here is quite good. The wicket did get easier later, but it was a good wicket,” he said.

After this loss, it will take a herculean task for RCB to win all the remaining eight matches to qualify for the knockout stage. “You can’t afford to do that in IPL. We got to improve and we have to win remaining games. We know that,” Moeen said.