Good Fielding, bowling helped RCB win against Pune Warriors: Kohli

Last Updated: Apr 30, 2011, 10:55 AM IST

Bengaluru: Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) batsman Virat Kohlihas hailed his squad``s fielding and bowling for the 26 runs victory against Pune Warriors India.

Kohli, who was also the man of the match for his half-century, said it was indeed his team``s best fielding performance so far.

"Everybody was really geared up to field well and to bowl well and bowl in the right areas, obviously we are going for runs in Twenty-20, just can``t keep giving six runs an over throughout 20 overs. So, we had a few scary moments, but we believed in ourselves and fielded really well. Probably our best fielding effort so far," said Kohli.

RCB is in second place in the points-table after crushing PWI at the M. Chinnaswamy stadium.

Kohli expressed happiness on being the only player retained in the team but said the constant pressure of delivering good performances also works for him.

"See for the last three years I wanted to be someone whom the team could look up to, so I didn``t see any point of taking pressure and being retained as the only player because it is an honour for me, it is a privilege that some team only wants you in the team.

“So that gives them more confidence, obviously there is a bit of pressure because they retained you and you are the only player retained, so they look up to you to perform but I take it as a challenge. And a bit of pressure is nice actually for a batsman to go in. A little bit of pressure I think, (I) really like it," added Kohli.

The loosing captain Yuvraj Singh blamed the slow batting performance as the main reasons behind the defeat of his team.

"We stand a chance only if we win all the next six matches, but we will still give our best. Today I wanted to lose the toss as I have lost all the last five tosses and lost their matches. So I don``t know what to say. I think the target was chaseable as the wicket was good for batting.

“We didn``t lose many wickets amongst first six but sufficient runs were not made during Manish (Manish Pandey) and Jesse``s (Jesse Ryder) partnership. Had we made runs back there then Robin (Robin Uthappa) and I could have given a better finish. I think that we have to look at ourselves and learn about what all areas need improvement," said Singh.

The Pune captain added that he was happy that a lot of new talents are getting chance to perform.

RCB, batting first set a target of 181 runs for the PWI in the stipulated 20 overs but could manage to restrict Pune to only 151 runs.

Bureau Report