SRH hammering RCB's 'worst loss ever', says skipper Kohli

Royal Challengers Bangalore sunk to its third straight loss in the new season of the Indian Premier League after a 118-run hammering at the hands of Sunrisers Hyderabad.

VIRAT KOHLI RCB

RCB skipper Kohli was dismissed for three against SRH.   -  K.V.S Giri

Royal Challengers Bangalore sunk to its third straight loss in the new season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) after a 118-run hammering at the hands of Sunrisers Hyderabad on Sunday.

The heavy defeat prompted RCB skipper Virat Kohli to say that the loss in Hyderabad was "probably our worst loss ever."

Centuries from SRH openers David Warner and Jonny Bairstow meant RCB had an uphill task of chasing down 232 in its 20 overs. "We were outplayed in all departments by a quality side. This showed why they are former champions and finalists. They batted really well once they got in. Brilliant to sustain intent for the first 16-17 overs," said Kohli.

Batting mainstays Kohli and AB de Villiers fell cheaply as off-spinner Mohammad Nabi claimed four wickets on his season debut. SRH Pacer Sandeep Sharma dismissed Kohli for the sixth time in the IPL; only Ashish Nehra, who is RCB's current bowling coach, has got the Indian batsman out on as many occasions.

Kohli is still hopeful of a turnaround starting with its next match against Rajasthan Royals. "We still have 11 games, and things can turn around quite quickly in this league. Against Rajasthan Royals, when things don't go our way, we will have to find ways of winning moments. You need to start well."

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