That being said, RCB have a daunting opponent to conquer on Thursday to keep their hopes alive.
RCB now have 10 points from 12 games, same as Kings XI with two games remaining for the both teams. Following a demoralising five-run defeat at the hands of Sunrisers Hyderabad on May 7, their seventh loss in 10 games, Bangalore found themselves having to win each of their remaining four matches to even stand a chance of making the playoffs.
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The KXIP vs RCB match was touted to be a fascinating contest between two strong batting line-ups, a run fest but ended up being a damp squid as Punjab completely failed to show up for the tie. According to popular betting site Ladbrokes, RCB, after their thumping victory against KXIP, are favourites with a 4:5 odds stacked against them, while SRH have the odds of exactly one. Umesh should have had Gayle in the first over itself with a peach of a delivery that swung in through the air before pitching and then straightened up, taking the left-hander's outside edge and should have been pouched by the wicketkeeper.
The bowling has lifted itself in a do-or-die scenario with Umesh Yadav providing the fire that totally singed Punjab the other night. In 12 games they've played they have won six and lost as many.
SRH would however be concerned about how their bowlers slipped up in the last two matches.
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The absence of their mystery spinner Mujeeb, as Kohli revealed, had put a lot of pressure not just on the bowling unit but also on the batsmen, who were facing the pressure of setting a big total to RCB on a small ground.
As for Sunrisers Hyderabad, opener Shikhar Dhawan and skipper Kane Williamson have always led from the front. So, the onus will be on Dhawan to score quick and bat through the innings. The visitors would be hoping that both the under performing batsmen will hit the straps before the knockouts.
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