3 Mistakes committed by the losing side in RCB vs SRH game

Where it went wrong for RCB against SRH?

Sandeep Sharma
Sandeep Sharma. (Photo Source: IPL/BCCI)

Royal Challengers Bangalore lost their third consecutive game as Sunrisers Hyderabad comprehensively defeated them. RCB lost the toss and soon lost their way as well with some brilliant bowling from SRH and some irresponsible shots from RCB batsmen. They lost wickets at regular intervals and thus they weren’t able to score big.

Defending 120 was a difficult task and dew factor made their task even tougher. In the end, SRH chased the total down rather comfortably and RCB were handed over another defeat. Bangalore will face Delhi Capitals in their last league game and they would want to finish in the top two by winning their last encounter.

Here are the three mistakes committed by RCB against SRH:-

1. Misreading the conditions

RCB completely misread the conditions at Sharjah and it was quite evident from their batting approach. They were trying to score big shots even in the middle overs to avoid replicating their previous mistakes but it was not needed. The par score at this gripping pitch was 150 and if one batsman would have played a big knock, that total was achievable.

2. AB de Villiers and Josh Philippe didn’t capitalise on the starts

RCB lost two wickets early on and as they do not have reliable batsmen in the lower order, they played quite cautiously. Josh Philippe and AB de Villiers stitched a decent partnership and RCB were looking for a recovery. However, both the batsmen got out while playing rash shots in the middle order and their innings lost the way. If they would have stayed till the end, RCB could have reached a decent total.

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3. RCB didn’t use Yuzvendra Chahal well

RCB had only 120 runs under their belt and it was a very difficult total to defend. As Chahal is their most reliable bowler, he was expected to pick wickets for them. He even picked two important wickets but he wasn’t given a proper long spell. If Chahal would have bowled from one end, SRH would have felt the pressure and some quick wickets could have changed the game. If Chahal was used in a better way, RCB could have made a batting collapse happen for SRH.

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