We’ve made life a little difficult for ourselves after that defeat to Kolkata and that means today’s clash against the Kings XI and our final game against Chennai Super Kings are must-win encounters.
It’s a situation we would have preferred to avoid especially since it has evoked bitter memories of what happened last year when we narrowly missed out on the playoffs. But I suppose if there's a bright side to it, we will be playing both our remaining games at home where we've had great success this season.
I do hope by the time you read this, Mumbai would have beaten the Sunrisers Hyderabad, which would help our cause. While we believe that if we do go on to beat Punjab and Chennai, it should be enough to stretch our campaign into the deciding week; we could do with Sunrisers losing.
Dependant on others
Ideally, it would have been great to have our fate in our hands, but the Kolkata result means we will have to keep a tab on what’s happening around us.
I’m sure our fans must be wondering what went wrong against KKR and with good reason too, considering it was our worst batting performance this season. The truth is we struggled to adapt to the nature of the wicket, which was slow and had uneven bounce, and largely contributed to the game being a low-scoring affair. That’s not to take anything away from the Kolkata bowlers, who deserve every bit of credit.
It appears when Chris Gayle doesn't achieve a strike rate above 100, as was the case against Kolkata, it leaves people asking ‘how’? I'm human guys, these things happen. I certainly don’t go into a match with the aim of achieving a minimum strike rate of 100. You play according to the situation and conditions.
As I've said, these were not conditions tailor-made for batting, and we had lost a couple of wickets at crucial intervals, so I was required to adapt to the situation. Of course, as an opener, you always want to give your side a good start, but as the Kolkata game showed, that's not always possible.
The writer is a RCB opener