After the halfway mark of the competition, the performance Virat Kohli And his people suggested that he had closed the holes in his game and was moving towards consistency. But it cheered all the way to the business end of the league and left no stakes as they lost four consecutive matches and walked away from one team assuring a playoff berth.
In contrast, Sunrisers Hyderabad recovered from a disastrous start, arresting their slide at the tip of time and climbing back into contention with four wins from five matches.
In Abu Dhabi, when the two teams meet in the Eliminator on Friday night, form and pace rest with Hyderabad, but the Bengaluru-based franchise will be hungry for two southern teams.
While the Hyderabad unit has won the coveted trophy twice Deccan Chargers In 2009), RCB had to satisfy the groom’s position on three occasions.
After splitting their two matches in the league stage, little appears to separate the sides. But in terms of team structure and balance, they are the opposite.
Any competition against SRH is a dual challenge for Kohli & Co. The bowlers have cut their task against a deep batting line-up that could be explosive in the death overs. SRH bowlers present a tough obstacle. If the RCB fails to fire top order, the misfiring middle order will be under pressure to shed brittle-as-glass quality that has characterized its weather.
There is no second chance, so both teams will cross all the stages to retain their title aspirations.