We let ourselves down in the field, says R Ashwin after KXIP’s 8-wicket loss vs RCB

first_img Rohan Sen MohaliApril 14, 2019UPDATED: April 14, 2019 08:49 IST IPL 2019: Kings XI Punjab became the first team to lose to Royal Challengers Bangalore in the ongoing season ( Courtesy by BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSKings XI Punjab suffered their 1st defeat at home in IPL 2019 on SaturdayKXIP posted only 173 in good batting conditions despite Gayle hitting an unbeaten 99KXIP were sloppy in the field, missing a few important catches and leaking extra runsKings XI Punjab captain Ravichandran Ashwin blamed the poor fielding as the reason behind his team’s defeat against Royal Challengers Bangalore in Mohali on Saturday. The win was Bangalore’s first this season after seven matches.Bangalore rode on half-centuries from captain Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers to chase down 174 at the IS Bindra stadium. Punjab’s poor fielding made matters worse for them as their seven-match unbeaten streak at home came to an end.”We tried with wrist spinners and even I came to bowl, but they were smart enough to knock around and not take any chances. We let ourselves down in the field. We drooped catches and let a lot of balls go through us. The dew helped the wicket on.”It was really dry in the first half. It gets better to bat in the second half. With 38 needed off 3 overs, I had to back my best bowlers to do the job, didn’t quite work out today,” Ashwin said at the post-match presentation.Virat Kohli (67) in the company of AB de Villiers (59 not out) scripted a superb run-chase, sharing a 85-run stand to lay the foundation.The India skipper blasted eight boundaries, while de Villiers clobbered two sixes and five hits across the rope in his 38-ball innings.With this victory, RCB also avoided the ignominy of most successive losses for a team at the start of an IPL season.With everything moving in Bangalore’s way on Saturday, Mohammed Shami bought some relief to the Punjab camp after picking the crucial wicket of Kohli in the 16th over with the visitors’ score reading 128 for 2.advertisementThe Punjab bowlers however, were denied to make any further inroads in the Bangalore batting line-up as de Villiers and Marcus Stoinis (28 not out) joined hands and played sensibly before fetching 14 runs in the second last over off Shami.In the final over, Ashwin handed the ball to former Bangalore player Sarfaraz Khan to defend six runs. However, there was no stopping the Bangalore pair as Stoinis hammered a four in the first ball before picking the required couple of runs in the next to hand a comfortable victory to his side.When asked why Sarfraz Khan was chosen to bowl the final over, Ashwin said,”There was only 6 runs to go and the ball was sliding on nicely. I thought the best way against AB and Stoinis was to try and go with a leggie, not that Sam can’t defend.”Kings XI Punjab remain in fifth position with 8 points from 8 games while Royal Challengers Bangalore are still languishing in last place with 2 points from 7 matches.Also Read | Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers end Royal Challengers Bangalore’s losing streakAlso Read | Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers thrilled after RCB finally win one this yearAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh We let ourselves down in the field, says R Ashwin after KXIP’s 8-wicket loss vs RCBKings XI Punjab were on a seven-match unbeaten streak in Mohali which was broken on Saturday as Royal Challengers Bangalore won by 8 wicketsadvertisementlast_img read more