IPL 2019: RCB arguably the biggest franchise in world cricket, says Marcus Stoinis

first_imgAustralia all-rounder Marcus Stoinis on Friday said that Royal Challengers Bangalore are arguably the biggest franchise in world cricket during the mid-innings break of their five-wicket defeat to Kolkata Knight Riders in Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019.Incidentally, after Stoinis’ comment, who are yet to win a title, crashed to their fifth straight defeat in IPL 2019. RCB are the only team to have not opened their account yet in the ongoing season of the Twenty20 league.It’s hard to imagine RCB push for their maiden IPL title from heron as they might have to win at least seven of their remaining nine matches to stand a chance of qualifying for the play-offs.On Friday, Stoinis pummeled a 13-ball 28 to take RCB past the 200-run mark at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium after Virat Kohli (84) and AB de Villiers (63) took the KKR attack to the cleaners.”What a place. Great fans. Arguably the biggest franchise in World Cricket.Exciting to be here. We have two best batsmen of this generation in our team. Tonight has been so good so far. It looks like a good wicket. I wasn’t there for a long time as I came in the slog overs. Hopefully, we have posted enough,” Stoinis, who joined the Royal Challengers Bangalore from Kings XI Punjab during the trading window ahead of IPL 2019, said.Chasing 206, Kolkata Knight Riders got off to a strong start with handy contributions from Chris Lynn and Robin Uthappa at the top. Left-hander Nitish Rana provided the impetus in the middle overs but his untimely dismissal on 37 put a bit of pressure on KKR.advertisementWith 67 needed from the last 27 balls, big-hitter Andre Russell walked out to the middle. Russell then smashed a 13-ball 48, including seven sixes and a boundary, as KKR completed the chase with five wickets and balls to spare and sent RCB crashing to their fifth straight defeat.Speaking after the loss, under-fire Virat Kohli said: “There is no guessing there (about where they lost), the last 4 four overs that we bowled was just unacceptable. We needed to be more clever, nothing came off and we just cracked under pressure. That’s been our story this season so far. If you bowl with not enough bravery in the crucial overs, it’s always going to be difficult against power-hitters like Russell.”Also Read | Virat Kohli No.1 in list of players to feature in most IPL defeatsAlso Read | Virat Kohli becomes all-time leading IPL scorer during 49-ball 84Also Read | IPL 2019: Virat Kohli blasts RCB bowlers over lack of bravery after Russell onslaughtAlso Read | Andre Russell after destroying RCB with 7 sixes: No ground big enough for melast_img

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