Kohli remains upbeat about RCB’s chances

Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Virat Kohli has not given up hope of making the Indian Premier League playoffs.

RCB are four points adrift of fourth place Kings XI Punjab who have a game in hand over Kohli’s charges but they have not yet been ruled out of mathematical contention for the knockout phase.

The bottom four teams all have six points each and will all be engaged in a mad scramble to be involved in the back end of the competition.

Kohli was critical of his team’s effort in the field on Saturday saying: “A close game of cricket. Dropped catches don’t help.”

The skipper was keen to give credit to his opposite number, the ever popular MS Dhoni, for guiding the Super Kings to victory with an unbeaten 31.

He said: ” We would have liked to win, but Dhoni played well and they deserved to win.”

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Kohli remains confident that his team can get into the playoffs and says his mindset is positive as the team push for a maiden IPL title.

He said:”We know it’s a tough road ahead. We need to win probably four out of five. These situations bring the best out of us, and I feel positive about the rest of the games.

“Not the ideal day for us: losing so many wickets. But that’s how this game goes. We gave a really good effort in the second half.

“It did play slow in the first half but it played slow throughout which was surprising. Had we taken or chances, we could have made it harder for themselves. The boys showed good fight, but we lost too many wickets.”