When self doubt creeps in, talent takes a back seat. No matter who you are, self doubt can cause you to question you entire skill set and make you come down from that superhuman state to being just a mere mortal. It is a downhill journey that shatters your core, but then champions aren’t made from the things that transpire on field, rather from how you deal with on field stress when you are off it.
Virat and ABD have been pegged to the corner of uncertainty, a place which breeds self doubt. It’s tough ballooning off that wrecked space, but if anyone can, it is these two stalwarts, especially when now they have nothing much to lose, as RCB have been virtually knocked out of the tournament.
Andrew Tye set the match up for the Lions, dismissing Gayle and Head of consecutive balls to further play with the minds of the already tentative RCB batting line up. Jadhav tried to counter attack but ultimately perished trying to do a bit too much.
The chase was supposed to be a little tricky, as the pitch was providing some assistance to the bowlers and not aiding stroke play one bit. Badree’s two wickets in the powerplay did breathe some life into the RCB camp, but Finch demolished all hopes for RCB with a brilliant 22 ball 50. He treated the bowlers with utter disdain, making a mockery of the RCB total.
Gujarat Lions have finally shrugged themselves away from that bottom spot and will be hoping to build on this momentum. RCB on the other hand will need to go to the drawing board again and sort out their inner demons to have even the slightest of chances of making it to the playoffs.
Kolkata Knight Riders vs Delhi Daredevils
Kolkata Knight Riders have been breeding heroes in their ranks, and with a ring master as talented and shrewd as Gambhir, they have been unearthing new animals every game. Nathan Coulter Nile should be returning to the starting line up for this game, and it should be either Woakes or Granhomme to make way for him. The top order has been working wonders for KKR with Narine getting them off to flyers, Gambhir playing the anchor role and Uthappa taking the spinners for a ride in the middle overs.
The Delhi Daredevils have roped in Marlon Samuels to replace QDK, and they should be buoyed by his addition at the top, as their inexperienced Indian top order isn’t really winning them a lot of games.
Both these sides have a very strong bowling unit and thus this match would be won in a straight toss up between the batting line ups of both sides.
Let’s get to business now!
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