Vettori rues batting failure in the slog overs

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Published: Thursday, May 3, 2012, 14:10 [IST]
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We were short by 50-60 runs: Vettori

Bangalore, May 3: Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Daniel Vettori rued his teams batting failure after falling short of 50-60 runs despite a 119-run second wicket partnership Chris Gayle and Virat Kohli which set the tone for a huge score against Kings XI Punjab in Bangalore on Wednesday.

"We lost momentum in the last five overs of our innings. The way they (Kings XI Punjab) bowled demoralised us and we could not score 50 or 60 runs in the slog overs," Vettori said at the post-match press conference here.

Royal Challengers managed to score a less competitive total of 158. Failing to capitalise on Gayle-Kohli partnership, RCB managed a mere 38 runs in five overs towards the end. Punjab won by four wickets with only one ball to spare.

"RCB could have done better by setting 180-run target for the visitors to chase. It was difficult batting first up as the ball was doing a bit initially. Praveen Kumar bowled exceptionally well in his four overs, giving away just eight runs," he said.

RCB have now reached a crucial stage of the tournament wherein a loss in the next match wouldn't help them qualify for the play-offs.

"We don't want to lose our next two games against Deccan Chargers and Pune Warriors. Losing those will take us to a point of no return. We want to do things we did in the last couple of overs of the Kings XI's innings (effecting three run outs)," he said.

The Royal Challengers take on bottom placed Deccan Charges at home on Sunday May 6, while they take on the mighty Mumbai Indians on May 9 at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.


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