Times of India – NEW DELHI: Three games into the 11th season of the IPL , and Royal Challengers Bangalore sit at sixth place on the leaderboard with one win from three matches.
- They next play defending champions Mumbai Indians on Tuesday, and RCB’s star batsman AB de Villiers is hopeful of the franchise rebounding from defeat in the last match, in which Rajasthan Royals’ batsman Sanju Samson smashed an unbeaten 92 off 45 balls to leave the South African marvelling at his talent.
- Looking at the result, de Villiers singled out Samson’s assault on the RCB bowlers at the death; 88 were scored off the last five overs – the second highest in IPL history – with Umesh Yadav conceding 27 off the 20th over.
- The match probably turned when they scored 85 runs from their last four overs, and it was pity that we bowled two no-balls and both the free hits were sent into the stands for six; these are the details that matter,” wrote the 34-year-old, who is RCB’s third-highest run-getter with 2954 from 96 innings, in his column for TOI.
- Getting off the blocks has proven difficult for RCB, despite having purchased batsman like Brendon McCullum and Quinton de Kock and bowlers such as Chris Woakes and Umesh Yadav at this year’s IPL player auction.
- Lose a match, and then another and suddenly the challenge seems so difficult, and bowlers battle to find their lengths and batsmen somehow find the fielders, and you lose again…