IPL 2017: Royal Challengers Bangalore chief Shane Watson points the finger at himself for thrashing against Kings XI Punjab

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Published:April 11, 2017 12:53 am

Shane Watson was dismissed in the first over by Axar Patel.
Shane Watson was dismissed in the first over by Axar Patel.

Indore: Shane Watson assumed the fault upon himself for not getting RCB off to a decent begin against KXIP.

Captain Shane Watson pointed the finger at himself for Royal Challenger Bangalore’s mortifying thrashing against King XI Punjab in the Indian Premier League at Holkar Cricket Stadium in Indore.

“I didn’t begin well with the bat and I’m absolutely to fault, getting out in the first over,” Watson said after Punjab updated the 149-run focus in only 14.3 overs with eight wickets close by.

Opening the innings, Watson was rejected in the first over by Axar Patel. Truth be told, RCB were 22-3 in five overs however a heavenly 46-ball 89-run unbeaten innings by AB de Villiers took Bangalore to 148-4.

“A couple of more than 170-180 would have been decent,” Watson said.

KXIP batsmen then swindled RCB bowlers with Hashim Amla (58) and Glenn Maxwell (43) sharing a 72-run innings in 38 balls to take them home.

“We didn’t execute pleasantly with the ball. There was a tiny bit more dew than I suspected there would be and it was sliding along additional in the second innings,” Watson said.

Punjab captain Maxwell credited the bowlers for setting up the win for them.

“Resting easy. It’s been an extraordinary begin for us. The bowlers set it up for us. To keep it to 23 in the powerplay was an extraordinary exertion,” he said.

“Our bowlers appeared to get something out of this wicket when there was something there. The young men have been versatile, I can’t request more than that.”

This was Punjab’s second win in the season. They had beaten Rising Pune Supergiant by six wickets in their first match.

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