After Fifth Straight Loss In IPL 2024, RCB Coach Andy Flower’s Big “Every Match A Semi-final” Take

Apr16,2024


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After his team's sixth defeat in seven matches in the ongoing Indian Premier League, Royal Challengers Bangalore head coach Andy Flower confessed that each of their remaining seven matches will be treated like a semi-final. In the latest blow to their playoff aspirations, RCB lost by 25 runs against Sunrisers Hyderabad on Monday.

“It's obviously knockout time and every game is like a semi-final for us now. But we have to think that we will come back stronger,” Flower said on RCB Game Day.

RCB conceded its highest ever IPL score – 287 runs for three wickets – as Hyderabad's batsmen were brilliant against their directionless bowlers.

Flowers admitted it was a tough night for his team.

He added, “Of course, it was a really tough night on the field, because they finished so powerfully that it probably shook our spirits.”

However, Flower found many positives during RCB's chase such as Dinesh Karthik's brilliant 83 off 35 balls and captain Faf du Plessis' 62 off 28 balls.

Zimbabwe wanted to gain an edge over them in the upcoming matches.

“I'm really proud of the way we fought with the bat in the middle. We lost the game but I'm really proud of the way we fought,” Flowers said.

The former England coach praised Karthik for the way he faced the SRH bowlers and said that it would not be a surprise if the wicketkeeper batsman finds a place in India's T20 World Cup squad.

“Dinesh Karthik is really pushing for the World Cup team (India) as well and is getting better on the field,” he said.

RCB will next face Kolkata Knight Riders on April 21 at Eden Gardens. PTI UNG PDS PDS

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