Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) head coach Sanjay Bangar said that the team will take confidence from their game against table-toppers, Gujarat Titans (GT), as it was a close and hard-fought match that could have gone either way.
After putting up 170 on the board, RCB failed to defend it against Gujarat, who have become the chase masters of the IPL 2022 season. Rahul Tewatia and David Miller stitched the match-winning partnership to take GT over the line with six wickets and 3 balls to spare.
“It was such a close game because all three phases if you see, the game was fought for close margins. A couple of chances actually didn’t go our way. The way Wani’s (Wanindu Hasaranga) ball missed (David) Miller’s stump by millimeters.”
“Or for that matter, even (Mohammed) Siraj’s yorker or an LBW shout that was turned down against (Rahul) Tewatia. A couple of efforts in the field as well where we probably could have stopped a few more runs or could have scored 7-10 runs more. I think it’s a game of small margins,” Bangar told after the game.
“We will take a lot of heart and confidence out of it” – Sanjay Bangar
Bangar also analyzed that all 3 departments will have to improve and the game against GT is the perfect platform to learn from and build on in the future games.
“Very well fought, very well contested game and we will take a lot of heart out of it and a lot of confidence out of it. We would look at the game holistically rather than thinking of departments. All three departments if you would see, we have certain areas to step up.”
“How can we get 10 runs more? How can we stop 6 runs in the field? Or could we have done anything different from a bowling perspective? Those are the things that we would review and we will work to improve upon them in the next game,” Bangar revealed.
RCB has now played 10 games where they have lost five games and won five games. They will be looking to build some momentum and break the ongoing 3-match losing streak.