Murali hoping for turnaround in RCB's fortunes
Hosts Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) hope to get back to winning ways after losing back-to-back matches when they take on Rajasthan Royals (RR) in an Indian Premier League (IPL) T-20 game at the Chinnaswamy Stadium here late on Sunday.
“We have put the Chennai match behind. We have to forget the last match and move on to the next game. In this type (T20) of game, you win some and lose some,” RCB’s leading spin offie Muttiah Muralitharan told reporters on Saturday.
Recalling that the previous match against Chennai Super Kings (CSK) Thursday was a close one on a good wicket, the Sri Lankan legendary bowler said though RCB scored well (205 runs), they lost the match in the last two overs when 43 runs were scored by CSK batters Albie Morkel and Dwayne Bravo.
“Unfortunately we lost the game in the last two overs as they (CSK) played very well. Our calculations went wrong. We thought we will pull it off but didn’t happen that way. It was a learning experience,” Muralitharan admitted before joining his team for practice in the nets at the adjacent national cricket academy’s grounds under flood lights for their third encounter on home turf.
After winning their first match vs Delhi by 20 runs (April 7), RCB lost to Kolkata Knight Riders by 42 runs (April 10) and CSK by five wickets (April 11). Asked if the team has any special plan to beat Royals to reverse the fortunes, Muralitharan said: “We have a set team with experienced and some young players. Don’t forget we were runners-up twice,” he said.