With Royal Challengers Bangalore plummeting to its sixth consecutive loss this season, the team knows it has to aim for a ‘miracle’ — a win every match till the end of the league — to make the playoffs in the 12th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL).
Moeen Ali, who scored a quickfire 32 and bowled an economical spell of 1 for 22, admitted the team was frustrated and at a loss. “At the moment, it is very frustrating for us, as cricketers. We are doing the right things during our training, the coaches are giving everything we need and there out on the field, we are nervous at times and may be a little bit under pressure also.
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“The mood in the camp is fine, but just frustrating as we are making the same mistakes almost every game, dropping catches, giving wickets away. You cannot afford to do that in the IPL and we know that we have to win all the [remaining] games. It is going to be a miracle,” he said.
On the team’s failure at executing its plans, Moeen said: “With all the frustration, it is difficult. We have [a] lot of young players; going into the games thinking you do not want to be the guy to make that mistake, you cannot afford to think like that. You have to back yourself, back your instincts. Just go out, play and enjoy the atmosphere. We are trying to do that, but it’s not happening.”
The contest saw the teams play on a fresh pitch that was a shade greener, and Royal Challengers struggled with the bat after being put in to bat. But Moeen maintained that the struggles had more to do with Capitals’ bowling and poor shot selection from his own side than the pitch. “In the first six overs when we batted, it was a bit difficult, but they bowled well in the first six. The wicket may have got a little bit more easy, but it was still a good wicket to bat on,” the all-rounder said.
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