IPL 6: We need to improve our away record, says Virat Kohli after defeat to Rajasthan

Bangalore are undefeated at home winning all six matches, while they are yet to register a victory away from M Chinnaswamy Stadium.

Updated: April 29, 2013 23:16 IST
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Royal Challengers Bangalore lost their fourth game away from home as Rajasthan Royals kept their 100 per cent win record at Jaipur this season.

Virat Kohli's team finished second best once again away from home and lost the match by 4 wickets at Sawai Mansingh Stadium. Kohli rued his team's batting failure on a good deck.

"Another loss, unfortunately. I thought we played well, but fell 10-15 runs short. We needed someone to bat out the innings. I thought I got out at the wrong time," Kohli said.

Not only that, the RCB skipper also asked his bowlers to pull up their socks and show more fight.

"Our bowling was a bit poor, we bowled too many short deliveries and gave away crucial boundaries. Our bowlers got a bit excited seeing the conditions and made the same mistakes that we did against Mumbai. We have played very well until the last two matches, but we can't use it as an excuse. Will look to do better in the next match," he added.

The winning skipper Rahul Dravid was a pleased man and said Rajasthan were always in control of their chase of 172.

"It was a really good performance, we were a bit on the backfoot after Chris (Gayle) got going. But we pulled things back in nicely," he said.

"Faulkner could not get his line right in the last over but he fielded brilliantly. Sanju (Samson) played really well, I thought we were always in front of the game. We now go to Kolkata, it is always difficult to play them at the Eden Gardens," Dravid said at the post match presentation ceremony.

Rajasthan rode on Sanju Samson's 63 - his maiden fifty in the IPL - to clinch victory in the last over. He bagged the Man of the Match award for his effort and was delighted to make his opportunities count.

"First of all, I would like to thank my family, the team and my captain. I knew I would be sent up the order and I wanted to play my shots in the first 6 overs. It was a good pitch to bat on and I am happy with the way I went about my strokes," Sanju said.

With this win, Rajasthan stay 3rd in the table and Bangalore stay 2nd, with both teams on 12 points.

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