24-May-2018
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We deserved to lose: Virat Kohli

Hyderabad May 9: A dejected RCB captain Virat Kohli said that his team “deserved to lose” their do-or-die IPL game against Sunrisers Hyderabad as players didn’t show the kind of strong character that is crucial to winning crunch games.
 
“We were not good enough and not up to the mark. We deserve to lose this game. We didn’t show enough application. The kind of shots we played were not on at that stage. This has been the story of our season,” Kohli said.
 
The Indian captain lauded Sunrisers Hyderabad for defending 25 runs from 18 balls with Siddarth Kaul and Bhuvneshwar Kumar bowling brilliantly to win the match by five runs.
 
“If you have strong characters, you will always do well. SRH had a few guys who did well under pressure, that’s been the story of their season. They understand strengths, know their limitations. That’s why they’ve been successful,” Kohli said.
 
Asked if Kane Williamson’s team are the best, Kohli observed that CSK or Kings XI Punjab look more solid as all-round outfit but undoubtedly the best bowling attack of IPL belongs to Hyderabad. “From the bowling point of view, SRH is the strongest. Overall, maybe you’d pick Kings XI or CSK.”
 
Kane Williamson said that on a tricky surface like the one at the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium, a target around 150 would always have been challenging.
 
“I think it was another varied surface. We were certainly targeting about 150 (147), so we weren’t far away from that. In terms of the game, it ebbed and flowed,” Williamson said.
 
Williamson said that being able to take wickets at crucial phases was important. “Even with the ball, it was fairly similar where we sort of took wickets, stemmed flow of runs and then, some partnerships.”