Bangalore: Suffering three defeats on the trot, two at home and one away, the beleaguered Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) are hoping to bounce back against a strong Pune Warriors India in the Indian Premier League (IPL) tie at the Chinnaswamy Stadium here Tuesday. "The team is looking to bounce back in the next match. We can't change past mistakes. Least we can do is to think positive and go out to perform better," RCB opener Mayank Agarwal told reporters Monday, with a sense of deja vu as the hosts were in a similar situation in the tournament's fourth season last year, having lost three consecutive games after winning the opener.
After winning the first league tie against Delhi Daredevils by 20 runs April 7 here, RCB lost to Kolkata Knight Riders by 42 runs here April 10, to Chennai Super Kings by five wickets in Chennai April 11 and by 59 runs to Rajasthan Royals Sunday again on their home turf. "We were in a similar situation last year, losing three games on the trot after winning the first. But we bounced back. We are again looking to bounce back rather than brood over what happened in the past three matches," Agarwal said.
Asked how the team's confidence level was after the humiliating defeat by Rajasthan Royals, Agarwal said the players were still in a positive frame of mind and would go all out to perform to their potential to get back to winning ways. "As we have been through this before, we have to put it behind and work hard to get our act together. There will be a bit of pressure, as we have to reverse the trend," Agarwal said.
In contrast, an upbeat Pune Warriors are looking at carrying on their winning momentum, after having beaten teams like Mumbai Indians by 28 runs April 6 in Mumbai, Kings XI Punjab by 22 runs April 8 at Pune and Chennai Super Kings by seven wickets April 14 at Pune. Their only defeat came against KXIP in the return leg on April 12 at Mohali. "We have played well, to be honest. We have won three out of four. We beat Mumbai and Chennai. We are playing well, but yet it is still early days. It is time for everyone to get back into form," a confident Pune Warriors captain Sourav Ganguly told reporters after a sweat-out at the nets here.
Acknowledging that RCB were still a good side even after losing three games in a row, Ganguly said a T20 game depended on how one performed on a particular day. "I thought the Royals played brilliantly yesterday [Sunday]. Superb batting by two players [Ajinkya Rahane and Owais Shah]. Tomorrow [Tuesday] is a new day and could be different. RCB have got terrific players and we are going to fire tomorrow as well."
Asked how different it was captaining India and a T20 team, Ganguly said he enjoyed both, especially when the team won. "In any format of the game, you need to think ahead. You need to look at the batsman. You need to look which bowlers will bowl in the death overs. As a captain, you need to do this exercise in every format of the game." Noting that the Bangalore wicket was good, Ganguly said it was evident from the 195 runs Rajasthan posted against RCB. "The wicket looks good. The visitors scored 190-odd runs yesterday [Tuesday]. We are playing on the same surface and I don't think it is going to change much."