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IPL 2018: Angry Virat Kohli doesn't want to wear orange cap after another RCB defeat

Royal Challengers Bangalore on Tuesday lost to Mumbai Indians by 46 runs at the Wankhede Stadium to slump to their second consecutive defeat and third overall in four matches of IPL 2018.

Written by: India TV Sports Desk, New Delhi [ Published on: April 18, 2018 14:22 IST ]
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Virat Kohli couldn't hide his anger after RCB's loss against Mumbai Indians.

Royal Challengers Bangalore's third defeat in four matches in the ongoing 11th season of the Indian Premier League has left Virat Kohli angry and dejected. Kohli's RCB on Tuesday lost to Mumbai Indians by 46 runs at the Wankhede Stadium to slump to their second consecutive defeat. (MI VS RCB: WATCH HIGHLIGHTS)

Even a valiant unbeaten 92 by Kohli was enough to save RCB's sinking ship - a fact that has angered the captain. And Kohli made no bones about it. (FULL IPL 2018 COVERAGE)

At the post-match presentation, Kohli said his team "just threw the match away".

Kohli, who also became IPL's leading run-scorer en-route his 92-run knock, said he doesn't feel like wearing the orange cap now. Kohli is also the first player to score 5000 T20 runs for a single team.

"It was a good game of cricket as far as Mumbai were concerned. I don't feel like wearing this (orange cap) right now because it really doesn't matter. We got off to a great start but we just threw it away, and need to reflect on our dismissals," Kohli said after the match.

Put into bat, Mumbai recovered from a shock start of 0 for 2 to post 213 for 6, their highest score of the season, mainly through the splendid batting of Rohit (94 in 52 balls) and opener Evin Lewis (65 in 42 balls).

Then, the Mumbai bowlers led by left-arm spinner Krunal Pandya (3/28) stopped RCB at 167 for 8 in 20 overs to notch up their first win in their fourth match of the season.

RCB captain Virat Kohli's typically aggressive 62-ball 92 not out was the lone bright spot in the visitors' run-chase of 214 as they lost their way after a promising start.

Kohli admitted that his bowlers tried their best to take wickets but weren't able to do so. All the RCB bowlers went for runs, including Umesh Yadav in his second spell. Spinners Washington Sundar and Yuzvendra Chahal were particularly expensive.

"We knew there would be a little bit of dew, we needed not your 40-45s but 80-85s. In the end it was all about making sure that the run-rate doesn't take a hit; credit to Mumbai though, they bowled really well. We didn't get any chances, we bowled in the areas we thought were good but they counter-attacked well. 

"When you have your backs against the wall you do come out with a performance like this and that's what they did. Even after they were two wickets down they showed resilience like good teams do. We tried our hardest but we just couldn't get wickets in the middle stages," he added.

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