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RCB Will Continue To Fight On Till the End

RCB Will Continue To Fight On Till the End

Although Royal Challengers Bangalore has still got an outside chance to qualify for the play-offs and is not even sure whether they will or not, yet AB de Villiers feels that the team will not lose hope.

Cricket news: We are not going to go down quietly and easily, says AB de Villiers

Their chances got elevated when they thrashed Ravichandran Ashwin-led side Kings XI Punjab with a ten-wicket win in a league match on Monday.

AB de Villiers wrote in his column for Times of India, that it was a perfect match for Bangalore as they previously bundled out their position for just 88 runs in 15.1 overs, and later chased down the target in just 8.1 overs.

“Well, that’s one way to meet the challenge of containing the opposing batsmen in the last five overs of their innings: bowl them out in 15 overs! That’s precisely what happened in our ‘perfect match’ against KXIP in Indore, and the win keeps our dream of progressing to the playoffs alive. There have been days during the past few weeks when it felt as if absolutely nothing would go right for us; in contrast, this was a day when it felt as if nothing would go wrong,” said de Villiers.

The side led by the current Indian skipper Virat Kohli are currently at seventh place with 10 points, jointly tied with Mumbai Indians.

To book a play-off spot, RCB has to win against Hyderabad and Rajasthan in their upcoming matches and will have to hope some other results go in their favour.

“We knew we had to win each of our last four league matches. There is still plenty of work to be done, at home against Sunrisers Hyderabad and away against Rajasthan Royals, and we still have no room for error, but you never know. Two down and two to go, we are fighting,” added de Villiers.

Previously the bowlers of RCB have been criticised hugely for their inability to defend big totals. But de Villiers have supported them and has said that they had always delivered at crucial moments.

“Our bowlers have received some unfair criticism during this tournament, but they found their lines and lengths when it mattered. Umesh Yadav set the tone, using raw pace to blast through the KXIP top order, and our fielding maintained the pressure. With three runouts, the home side were dismissed for 88 in 15.1 over,” said Mr. 360.

The 34-year-old South African batsman has so far scored 358 runs at an average of 51.14 from ten matches he has played. He is hopeful that his team will always possess a strong mind-set and will continue to fight till the end.

“RCB are not going quietly. Our collective mindset is strong. After playing in Delhi, we faced a long day of travelling on Monday, featuring huge storms. Nobody complained, nobody moaned,” concluded de Villiers.

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2 South Africa 33 3712 106
3 Australia 33 3499 106
4 England 45 4722 105
5 New Zealand 23 2354 102
6 Sri Lanka 38 3668 97
7 Pakistan 21 1853 88
8 West Indies 29 2235 77
9 Bangladesh 19 1268 67
10 Zimbabwe 8 12 2

ODI

RankTeam MatchesPoints Rating
1 England 51 6470 127
2 India 49 5973 122
3 New Zealand 41 4602 112
4 South Africa 39 4275 110
5 Pakistan 38 3915 103
6 Australia 37 3699 100
7 Bangladesh 28 2607 93
8 Sri Lanka 50 3872 77
9 West Indies 32 2217 69
10 Afghanistan 32 2053 64
11 Zimbabwe 37 2021 55

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RankTeam MatchesPoints Rating
1 Pakistan 30 3972 132
2 India 37 4601 124
2 Australia 21 2570 122
4 England 21 2448 117
5 New Zealand 22 2542 116
6 South Africa 19 2093 110
7 West Indies 21 2219 106
8 Afghanistan 27 2490 92
9 Sri Lanka 28 2451 88
10 Bangladesh 27 2066 77