RCB [Royal Challengers Bangalore] skipper Shane Watson took the blame for his team's loss versus KXIP [Kings XI Punjab] by eight wickets in Indore on Monday evening. The stand-in captain blamed himself for the embarrassing defeat in the IPL [Indian Premier League] at the Holkar Cricket Stadium. "I didn't start well with the bat and I'm certainly to blame, getting out in the first over," Watson said after KXIP overhauled the 149-run target in just 14.3 overs with eight wickets in hand.
Opening the innings for RCB, Shane Watson was dismissed in the first over by spinner Axar Patel. In fact, Bangalore were 22-3 in five overs but a superb 46-ball 89-run unbeaten innings by hard-hiting batsman AB de Villiers took Bangalore to 148-4.
"A few more than 170-180 would have been nice," Watson said.
Punjab batsmen then took Bangalore bowlers to the cleaners with opener Hashim Amla (58) and skipper Glenn Maxwell (43) sharing a 72-run innings in 38 balls to take Punjab home.
"We didn't even execute nicely with the ball. There was a little bit more dew than I thought there would be and it was skidding along more in the second innings," Watson said.
KXIP captain Maxwell credited the bowlers for setting up the victory for them.