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‘Have said it from the beginning, don’t think RCB can be the champions’ – Michael Vaughan

Written by Vipin Darwade

Royal Challengers Bangalore qualified for the playoffs despite a six-wicket loss to Delhi Capitals in their last league match in IPL 2020 in Abu Dhabi on Monday. RCB ensured DC took more than 17.3 overs to chase down the 153-target to beat Kolkata Knight Riders on net run rate and ensure qualification.

The Virat Kohli-led side will now face either KKR or Sunrisers Hyderabad (depending on the result of the SRH vs MI match on Tuesday) in the eliminator.

Former England captain Michael Vaughan however believes RCB don’t have enough firepower to win three matches in a row and lift the IPL trophy from hereon for the first time in the tournament’s history.

“Can the RCB team win it this year? I’ve said that from the beginning, I don’t think they’ve got enough collectively to win it,” Vaughan told Cricbuzz.

“Look anything is possible particularly in 2020, the world’s been turned upside down so who knows what’s gonna happen. Virat Kohli might bat left-handed and win them the game (in a gest) but it’s a tall order,” he added.

The former England captain argued that there aren’t enough players in the RCB side, who have now lost four matches in a row, to perform under the pressure of playoffs.

“I look at teams and individuals and see are there enough individuals in the RCB team full of confidence to play in the pressure that they would be under… I guess the one thing in RCB’s favour is that they’ve got no other options but to play hard and aggressive cricket,” Vaughan said.

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