The Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) failed to hold on their winning momentum and crumbled to their seventh loss in the 12th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). RCB conceded a convincing 5-wicket loss at the hands of Mumbai Indians (MI) at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Monday. With this drubbing, RCB finds itself in a miserable state as they have been virtually knocked out of the tournament with some mathematical calculations remaining. They are up against an uphill task of winning all their remaining six games and then wait for the rest of the results to go in their favour as well.
You never what will happen next
After the loss, Yuzvendra Chahal addressed the media reporters in the post-match press conference and reckoned that his team is still not completely out of the competition as of now. Chahal revealed that if they are able to win all their next six games, anything can happen from then. He cited the example of Rajasthan Royals (RR) as they too qualified for the playoffs last year with a tally of 14 points.
“If we win the next six games we can qualify. Last year a team had qualified with 14 points, so it is not the end of the road yet. You never know what will happen next,” quoted Yuzvendra Chahal.
The wicket was turning
RCB batting pair of AB de Villiers and Moeen Ali compiled a remarkable partnership for the third wicket to guide their team to an imposing first innings total. However, the score would have been much more had Lasith Malinga not pulled off things nicely with a terrific four-wicket haul.
The MI opening duo comprising of Rohit Sharma and Quinton de Kock started off the second innings in a blazing manner to relieve the pressure of the run-chase into mere pieces. However, the matters did became tensed in the last few overs, but then Hardik Pandya smashed a blistering cameo to steer MI towards a splendid victory.
“If you see the wicket was turning and it wasn’t easy to score runs against the spinners and I think we bowled well till about 18 overs and it was a case of a couple of bad overs that took the match away,” he added.
Pandya smashed Pawan Negi for 22 runs in the 19th over and speaking on that, Chahal said, “We thought with two overs and 22 runs to win, we had a chance but Hardik played so well. I don’t think you can blame a particular bowler, whether it is a spinner or pacer. It is a team game.”