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IPL 2019: 5 Reasons why RCB can still make it to the playoffs

RCB has a joint record of losing six consecutive matches along with Delhi Daredevils

Shimron Hetmyer
Shimron Hetmyer. (Photo: IANS)

A struggling RCB took the field against the in-form Kolkata Knight Riders on April 5, 2019 and were put into bat by KKR skipper Dinesh Karthik at the Chinnaswamy stadium, Bengaluru. The home side scored 205 runs in their 20 overs which was almost a match-winning score until the 16th over of the KKR Innings when the big hitter Andre Russell went berserk and ensured that RCB lost their fifth consecutive tie in this year’s IPL.

Although many of the RCB fans would have almost given up any hope of their team getting into the playoffs this year. They might be thinking on the pattern “Yet another wasted year for RCB”. However, there are some reasons why RCB can still make it to the playoffs this year.

Here is the list of Five reasons why RCB can enter the playoffs

1) Quality Batting line up

AB de Villiers
AB de Villiers. (Photo Source: Twitter)

RCB has two of the best modern generation white ball batsmen in their kitty in the form of Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers. If a team has such a quality batting line up then anything can happen. In the match against KKR, the partnership of 108 between the pair was instrumental in setting a huge target of 205.

The Indian skipper scored 84 runs and it was a welcome return of form for him which is not only a good sign for RCB But for the Indian national team as well. If Kohli and ABD continue to play consistently in the remaining RCB matches, then everyone knows how damaging it can be for the other teams as these two have the capability to win matches single-handedly.

At the top, Parthiv Patel has been consistent to some extent. He might not have scored that big hundred or a substantial score but scores a quick fire 20-25 runs in almost every game and provides a good platform to the middle order to capitalize. Foreign players like Marcus Stoinis, Moeen Ali, Shimron Hetmyer also possess some big hitting abilities.

So, everything does not look gloomy for RCB. Batting has always been a source of strength. However, some work needs to be done in their death bowling and the fielding.

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