Faf Du Plesis states ‘hard facts’ post the defeat against MI

(Cricket News) The skipper of RCB, Faf Du Plesis spoke out some hard facts post RCB’s loss against the giant Mumbai Indians. RCB was completely dominated by the 5-time champions, who chased down 197 with 27 balls to spare. Faf admitted that his side was struggling because their bowling group does not have “as many weapons” as the other teams.

RCB’s bowling has been disappointing over the years, and this year too it hasn’t stood up. All their bowlers have struggled so far in the league. They again were expensive against the Mumbai Indians on Thursday with Mumbai scoring at 12.84 per over.

“From a bowling perspective, we have lacked a little bit of penetration [at the start] so we have to go out and find creative ways within our squad we can get a team two or three-down in the powerplay. Just so that you feel like your bowling innings can start on the front foot. It feels, for the last few games, that we are on the back foot after the first few overs.”

Skipper Faf also mentioned that the dew did not help their cause either. Dew and a flat Wankhede track forced their bowlers to commit mistakes, while the MI batters were all guns blazing. Ishan Kishan and Rohit Sharma got the Mumbai Indians off to a flying start and Mumbai never looked back. Suryakumar Yadav announced his return to cricket in style scoring a 17-ball half century.

“You also have to give credit in the way that the boys from MI came out and played,” he said. “Put a lot of pressure on our bowlers. Made our bowlers make a lot of mistakes in the powerplay especially.

“You could see that anyone who came in could find the middle of the bat quite easily. We did know that and spoke about it in the first innings. The dew here looked like it was going to be big so we felt we needed to get 215, maybe even 220. Obviously, 190 [196] or whatever we got wasn’t enough runs.”

“It [dew] is a big thing in some venues as we know. When the dew settles in, it is really tough. You could see the boys were bowling a few full tosses. We changed the ball a few times. It was really, really wet. But that’s just the game of cricket. It is probably the only sport where the conditions have such a big impact.”

RCB’s road to qualification has now become very difficult. They have won just 1 out of their 6 games and have landed in a situation where they potentially need 7 wins out of their remaining 8 games to create a chance for a spot in the top 4.

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