Warriors face tough task against RCB

Published: Thursday, April 28, 2011, 13:30 [IST]
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Warriors face tough task against RCB

The eight-wicket defeat to Chennai Super Kings at Mumbai in their previous game has put the Warriors in a tricky position.

With barely two wins from six matches and languishing at the ninth position with only four points, they can't afford to lose anymore matches.

Warriors now require to approach the next three games with a must-win attitude if they harbour hopes of qualifying for the semifinal play-offs.

Three successive wins would ensure that they have ten points from nine games before the competition turns stiffer for the top four positions.

Having a well-rounded and resourceful team with a good sprinkling of stars, makes the side look unbeatable on paper.

But performance is what matters and that is something that Yuvraj Singh would have to drive into his beleaguered boys.

Back-to-back defeats to Mahander Singh Dhoni''s Chennai Super Kings has undoubtedly demoralised the team that was gathering steam and confidence at the start of the cash-rich tournament.

Except for Yuvraj Singh and Robin Uthappa, the rest of the batsmen haven''t really got going. The top order has been an absolute failure with Monish Mishra, Jesse Ryder and Manish Pandey have done precious little in the last two games against the Super Kings.

Scores of 122 (vs Mumbai Indians), 128 and 141 (against Chennai Super Kings) in the last three matches reflects their batting woes.

Only if they perform as a batting unit, can the Warriors hope to keep themselves in the race for the play-offs.

Their bowling has come good in the last three games. They made Mumbai Indians sweat for a last ball win when they were chasing a measly 122.

Alfonso Thomas, Jerome Taylor, Murali Kartik and Rahul Sharma had done well to keep the Super Kings on tight leash.

But their effort needs to complemented by their batsmen.


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