After a 59-point defeat to Delhi Capitals, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) head coach Simon Katich said the next eight days will make or break the tournament for the team as they play four games in quick succession. His comments came when RCB failed to chase the 197-run target and was limited to 137/9. None of the RCB hitters did well except Virat Kohli who scored 43. AB de Villiers had a bad day with the bat, as he just managed to score nine points. He was sent back to the pavilion by Anrich Nortje. For Delhi, Kagiso Rabada was the bowlers’ choice when he returned with the numbers 4-24.
“In the next phase we have four games in eight days, it will be difficult, this is where we will make or break the tournament. I still want us to be really positive,” Katich told his players in a video after the game. posted on RCB’s official Twitter handle.
Delhi Capitals posted a total of 196/4 while Prithvi Shaw and Marcus Stoinis knocked 42 and 53 respectively. Stoinis was over with Delhi at 90/3 in the 12th and at that moment the Australian all-rounder played a hit of 53 from just 26 balls with the help of six fours and two sixes.
For RCB, Mohammad Siraj was the bowlers’ choice when he scalped two wickets. Both the in-form bowlers like Yuzvendra Chahal and Navdeep Saini had an off day for RCB. Chahal and Saini did not even reach their quota of four overs.
“We gave them momentum early on, and from then on we could never come back, they gave us a good start in the power play, from then on we caught up. We managed to get back in the middle, but against it. at the end of the innings we leaked runs and missed catches, which cost us 15-20 extra runs. We were outplayed against Delhi, they were very disciplined, they played the conditions really well. We need to be smarter in what we do with the shorter and longer border, ”said Katich.
RCB skipper Kohli also told his teammates that there is no need to panic and that the squad should look to come back strong in their next game against Chennai Super Kings on October 10.
“It’s a good time to think, let’s think about what we can improve on, I think it’s a great stage to play because we have back-to-back matches, if we get some momentum, we can really run through some teams. Let’s look forward to our next game, I still feel there is good energy in the group, let’s keep calm and come back on Saturday, “Kohli said.
RCB is currently third in the IPL 2020 points table with six points from five games.
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