IPL-8: RCB look to break four-year play-offs jinx

Bangalore: After a gap of four seasons, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) are poised to make the playoffs in the Indian Premier League (IPL) but they first have to clear a tricky hurdle in no-hopers Delhi Daredevils whom they host here today in the concluding league game.

Bangalore hope for a good start from in-form Chris Gayle
Bangalore hope for a good start from in-form Chris Gayle

Skipper Virat Kohli’s 19-ball 44 in Hyderabad on on Friday gained RCB two vital points from the rain-truncated game against Sunrisers Hyderabad. Thus, with 15 points from 13 matches, RCB are within striking distance of a play-off berth and a win against Daredevils will seal their spot in the top four.

The last time RCB made the play-offs was in 2011 when they finished runners-up to Chennai Super Kings while last year, the Bangalore outfit ended up seventh.

The race for the play-offs is so tight going into this weekend, when two double-headers are scheduled, that RCB cannot afford to drop even one point. As such, they will be hoping that the pre-monsoon showers that have been regular visitors to the city in the past fortnight, will stay away to facilitate a full game today.

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