If you had any doubts as to how important a role does momentum play in sport, all you need to do is look at RCB’s plight. A team ridden with superstars, wounded from last year’s loss in the final, was expected to come back as roaring tigers this season, but one loss has led to another, and their spirit just seems to have been broken to the core. How else can you explain three T20 legends failing to lead their side to even par scores every game, how do you explain this anomaly? You have to attribute it to low self-confidence, and nothing less.
But what has led to this low self confidence in the RCB side? There has to be some trigger? And yes, there is.
RCB are a side full of stroke makers, players who will flourish only when the ball comes onto the bat, and as they have invested almost all their resources in strengthening their batting, bowler friendly pitches haven’t quite helped their cause.While it is easy to argue that whatever be the condition of the pitch, it is a level playing field at the end of the day, but when your team is tailored around good batting pitches, and outscoring the opposition, it gets really difficult when bowling friendly pitches are dished out.
But again, with players of such quality, there shouldn’t be an excuse for not chasing down 138. The seeds of ‘low self confidence’ were laid after the KKR debacle, and have only sprouted further ever since.
Sandeep Sharma and Axar Patel were instrumental in another drubbing for RCB, and they have given Kings XI some much needed impetus in their final dash towards that playoff spot.
Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Rising Pune Supergiant
Can the fortress be breached by a high flying Supergiant side? David Warner would look to ensure that RPS don’t even get a sniff tomorrow. But RPS have made a habit of producing different heroes every game, whose chance is it tomorrow? Rahane, maybe, we’ll have to wait and see.
Both these sides have a very realistic chance of making it to the playoffs and tomorrows game could twist and turn the tables a little bit. Lots of permutations are still possible, and the puzzle could only get more complicated.
David Warner would be weary of the fact that apart from the top 4, the other batsmen haven’t really had a big outing with the bat. In dire times that could prove to be a real menace for the SRH side. It’s a catch 22 situation really, as you wouldn’t want to expose your middle order too often, and would hope that the top order shields them in the best possible way, but who doesn’t like to be prepared for the worst?
RPS need to either find another hero tomorrow or need to find that complete team equation. The latter is the ideal way to go about it but they’ll take whatever they can at the moment.
Let’s get to business now!
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