Bangalore’s batting failed to click on a slow turner at the Chepauk, with the team being shot down for a mere 70
Bangalore’s batting failed to click on a slow turner at the Chepauk, with the team being shot down for a mere 70. PHOTO – BCCI

Bangalore skipper Virat Kohli would not have been a happy man starting their 12th season of the Indian T20 League with a seven-wicket loss to Chennai at the MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai on Saturday, but the skipper set aside the disappointment and lauded his team for the fighting attitude that they showed. (ALSO READ: Chennai humble Bangalore in season opener by seven wickets)

“I thought CSK played really well, they deserved to win, but I loved to see our team fighting all the way,” Kohli said during the post-match presentation. (ALSO READ: Suresh Raina first player to 5000 runs in Indian T20 League)

Bangalore’s batting failed to click on a slow turner at the Chepauk, with the team being shot down for a mere 70, with only Parthiv Patel managing to reach the double-figure mark (29). Kohli conceded that their batting was not good, but also commented on how tough was it to at on the track.

“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,” said Kohli.

He went on to add that it was not an ideal start to the league, but was happy to get a game like this out of the way.

“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. We spoke of trying to be in the game, taking it to the 18th over was nice to see,” he added.

The only plus for Bangalore was the bowling performance of Bangalore debutant Navdeep Saini who hurried Shane Watson and Suresh Raina with pace and Kohli lauded the youngster’s performance.

“He (Saini) has been good in conditions where there’s some grass, got his chance now,” said Kohli of Saini, who conceded 24 runs in four overs.