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IPL 2018: Royal Challengers Bangalore need to improve, says coach Daniel Vettori

Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) coach Daniel Vettori on Tuesday conceded that his side needs improvement in execution of plans with the ball, after suffering a 46-run defeat at the hands of Mumbai Indians (MI) in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2018.

Despite reducing Mumbai Indians to 0/2 in the first over, RCB bowlers could not contain the hosts’ batsmen as they went on to post 213/6. Rohit Sharma top scored with 94, whereas Evin Lewis (65) notched up his first IPL half-century, while adding 108 runs with the MI captain.

“We are getting good starts. Two wickets in two balls and the last Power Play against Rajasthan wasn’t so bad. But our finishing, the ability to close out innings has been poor. That’s purely an execution. I think the planning and the strategy… it’s all there. We just have to execute better. Particularly on these wickets, last time we had an outstanding wicket at Chinnaswamy. Wankhede has always been amazing,” Vettori told the media.

“We got off to a good start but then we lost few wickets and their spinners got on top of us. I think the frustration will be on the back end of our bowling. We need to better on that front so that the batsmen aren’t chasing so much. When you are chasing so much it puts extreme amount of pressure on how you play. Virat (Kohli) played exceptionally well unfortunately none could go on with him. Our frustration will be how we ended with the ball in the last two games rather than our batting,” he added.

Vettori also admitted that RCB spinners could not bowl with freedom. “I think with Washington (Sundar) and Yuzi (Yuzvendra Chahal), they were probably in defensive position with Rohit and Lewis being very aggressive. So we bowled defensively. When Mumbai spinners came on, their team was in a good position and that allowed them to actually bowl and be little more attacking. We saw the rewards what they got. So it’s different styles of bowling. Mumbai were on top when they came into bowl but we weren’t able to do a similar thing,” Vettori said.

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