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IPL 2019: R Ashwin rues batting flop show after KXIP lose to RCB in tense clash

first_imgKings XI Punjab (KXIP) endured another defeat against a resurgent Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in Bengaluru on March 24 when they fell short by 17 runs while chasing a mammoth target of 203 setup by the opponents. The defeat has left the R Ashwin led franchise with just 5 wins needing to win their remaining three fixtures of IPL 2019 to have a shot at making the playoffs.Though chasing a total in excess of 200 is never easy, skipper Ashwin was visibly disappointed at having missed out on another victory having fought tooth and nail for most of their target pursuit.After stifling RCB with the wickets of Virat Kohli and Moeen Ali, KXIP had a chance to limit their opponents to a below par total. But AB de Villiers and Marcus Stoinis combined with some poor bowling saw RCB cruising past 200 – a total that was always going to be difficult to chase. Ashwin also blamed his senior batsmen for not staying longer at the crease in order to support the chase till the end.”I think AB de Villiers is someone who definitely makes the difference in those end overs. As I said our execution was all over the place for the last 2-3 overs. When you are chasing 200, you’d ideally like one of your batsmen to make 70 or 80. We were in it but we also lost momentum like RCB did during the overs 10-14 so we couldn’t really get back. But I thought that Nicholas Pooran played really well and he got us back in the game. We were cruising with 45 odd needed off 4 overs but it’s quite disappointing that we couldn’t finish the game from thereon,” added Ashwin.advertisementWhen asked what went wrong for KXIP in Bengaluru, Ashwin blamed the erratic execution of plans in the death overs – both while bowling and batting.”I thought we just lost a little bit of our execution – not a little bit but quite a bit – towards the end. Three overs for 60-odd runs wasn’t desirable but we were in the chase all along but we just couldn’t finish it off in the sense that the teams that play the crunch situations or a crunch couple of balls end up winning the game in T20s. So that’s what you back the senior players to do. Didn’t quite turn out that way. That’s exactly how it’s gone for us in the entire tournament. Whenever we have played those crucial moments we’ve won and whenever we haven’t we have lost it. The games have been really really tight for us,” said Ashwin.With 30 runs required off the last two overs, Ashwin admitted that the team still believed they could do it as Pooran was going great guns.”I think it was still gettable on this ground against a bowling attack that we have seen crumble before. We did back ourselves with Pooran going really strong but like I said it’s a matter of 1 or 2 balls when you can’t connect. The margin was really close but not closing games has really been the downside of our season so far. Hopefully we can correct it in the coming games,” said the off-spinner.In the final over, Ashwin hit the first ball for a six, but on the very next delivery, he hit one straight to Kohli at long-on off Umesh Yadav’s bowling. Kohli celebrated in his typical usual self, giving Ashwin a fiery send-off.Ashwin, on his part, was also seen throwing his gloves in the dugout in anger.”I just played with passion, so does he (Virat). That’s it. As simple as that,” Ashwin said.Passions aside, Ashwin knows that they need to win all their remaining games to avoid getting knocked out of the business end of the tournament but insisted that the team will take it ‘one game at a time’.”We don’t have the time to think about that but I think we have a couple of platyers who wil be fit for the game against Hyderabad which is abig boost for us. You can look at it as 3 out of 3 now but it’s very important for us to take one game at a time. We have played some good cricket to end up winning only 5 games so far. It’s not very pleasing that way but going into the rest of the matches I’m pretty confident that we can turn it around,” signed off Ashwin.Also Read | IPL 2019: KXIP have failed to win pressure moments, says R AshwinAlso Read | Watch: Royal Challengers Bangalore euphoric after 3rd straight win in IPL 2019advertisementlast_img read more

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