RCB not giving up on playoffs hopes, Every game now is a semi-final: Head coach Andy Flower 

Written by Mohan Sharma

RCB head coach Andy Flower tried to console the glum faces in the dressing room after the home side was hammered by 25 runs in a record-breaking IPL 2024 match against SRH. The M Chinnaswamy Stadium witnessed a storm of sixes and a total of 549 runs, an all-time T20 record, was scored as bowlers from both sides were taken to the cleaners. RCB conceded 287, the highest-ever total in the history of the IPL and the second-highest total ever in T20 cricket. RCB also became the first team in the IPL to have four or more bowlers conceding in excess of 50 runs in their quota of 4 overs.

RCB came up with a valiant effort, riding on Faf du Plessis’s 28-ball 62 and Dinesh Karthik’s sensational 35-ball 83. RCB posted 262, the highest total in T20s during a chase, but it was still not enough for the home side, who slipped to their 6th loss in 7 matches. RCB are reeling at the bottom of the IPL 2024 points table and need a miracle to even finish in the top half of the standings, let alone make it to the playoffs.

Speaking to the players, who were dejected, in the dressing room, head coach Andy Flower urged them to take a backseat, reflect and analyse before making a strong comeback.

“It was a really tough night in the field, of course. They finished off so powerfully, it probably took the wind out of our sails. We will have a think. We will come back stronger. It’s obviously knock-out time. Every game is a semi-final for us,” Flower said in a video shared by RCB.

No team has qualified with 16 or fewer points for the playoffs when the league had 9 or more teams in the IPL. And RCB need to win each of their next 7 matches to get to the 16-point mark.

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