Virat Kohli (right) scored a 41-ball 67 for RCB © IANS
Virat Kohli (right) scored a 41-ball 67 for RCB © IANS


Hyderabad: May 20, 2014


A disappointed Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) captain Virat Kohli on Tuesday rued the fact that they will now have to adopt a “wait and watch” policy to know their chances of qualifying for the play-offs after the team slumped to its seventh defeat in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2014.


Bangalore lost by seven wickets to a clinical Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) on Tuesday to make life difficult for themselves in the ongoing IPL. Bangalore now find themselves in the fifth position in the IPL 7 Points Table with two more games to follow. But a win in the next two matches will not be enough to seal their play-off berth as their fate now depends on the results of other games as well.


“Before this game, we have things in our hands to qualify. We have to win this game to keep things under our control. But now we will have to wait and watch what other teams do and hope for the right result, which is not good situation to be in,” Kohli said at the post-match press conference in Hyderabad.


“We were in such a situation last year as well but we played good cricket to put ourselves in a position where we had the control of how to play the last three games. But we could not hold on to that momentum this year,” he said.


Kohli was dejected with the fact that his good show failed to help his team clinch a victory against Sunrisers on Tuesday. Kohli led from the front with a 41-ball 67 — his first half century of the tournament. But Bangalore were not good enough to cross the line.


“We could not execute our plans in the end and suffered because of that. Sunrisers played well throughout the second innings. We pulled things back nicely, but just not good enough to cross the line. I mean, 22 in two overs with momentum on our side, we should have defended. If you don’t execute your yorkers, you are going to suffer in the end overs,” he said.


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