Royal Challengers Bangalore have won the third successive match in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) after having a woeful beginning. RCB all-rounder Marcus Stoinis is of the opinion that it is the right attitude that gives the best chance of winning.
“Cricket is a type of game often there are just little things that need to be changed. For us, I think it was just the fact that once you lose a couple of games, sometimes you play to try not to lose rather than play to win. We started winning some close games as well which gave everyone confidence,” Stoinis said in the post-match press conference here on Wednesday.
“So, there have not been big changes. We all know we are good players. Everyone in the IPL is good players, every team is good. I think if you just bring the right attitude to the ground, every single time, then it gives you the best chance of winning,” he added.
After witnessing a six-match losing streak in the start of the IPL, Royal Challengers Bangalore are now turning things around as they won four out of their five recent matches.
Latest being their victory over Kings XI Punjab, who was unable to chase down the ginormous target of 203 set by RCB and the host won the match by 17 runs. Navdeep Saini’s fabulous penultimate over kept Bangalore afloat as they came trumps against Punjab on Wednesday. AB de Villiers’ unbeaten 82 off 44 balls took RCB to a healthy 202 for 4 and things could have gone awry with young Nicholas Pooran (46 off 28 balls) hitting five sixes at the rear before Saini sealed it in the 19th over.
Kings XI Punjab finished at 185 for 7. With four wins in the last five games, RCB will hope to win the remaining three and expect a few favourable results to make it to the playoffs as rank outsiders.
Needing 30 off the last two, Saini (2/33), who is one of India’s fastest bowlers produced a hostile over in which he removed the dangerous David Miller and Pooran but more importantly gave away only three runs.
Saini bowled fast and into the body of the batsmen, who couldn’t really get going and his aggression became the defining factor in the end.
Defending 27 runs off the final over, Umesh Yadav (3/33) was better than the other night against CSK as he got a couple of wickets. RCB will now visit Delhi to face Delhi Capitals on April 28.
(With PTI Inputs)