In the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021, the Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium match will be played between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Sunrisers Hyderabad on Wednesday. RCB have already reached the playoffs. Former India opener Gautam Gambhir believes that today’s match is very important for Virat Kohli-led RCB. Therefore it cannot be called meaningless. It is worth mentioning that Sunrisers Hyderabad are already out in the playoffs and they have nothing to lose.
Gambhir said during a discussion on ESPN Cricinfo, ‘It is not an irrelevant match. This is because it is extremely important for RCB. They know how important it is to be in the top 2. The most important reason is that even if you miss the qualifiers, you will still have one more chance to reach the finals. If a team finishes third or fourth in the league matches, all their hard work during the last two months can easily go in vain.
RCB are currently on the third spot with 16 points, while Chennai Super Kings are in second place with 18 points. CSK have only one match left in the league stage. Whereas RCB have two matches, so they still have a chance to break into the top two. They would like to consolidate their position by defeating Hyderabad before the last match of the league stage against Delhi Capitals.
He further said that Chennai’s team lost against Delhi in the last match and now RCB just need to win both their remaining matches. Yes, the issue of run rate will also come to the fore but Bangalore team is playing very well. The way this team is playing at the moment, they must be looking to finish in the top 2 of the league matches in the points table.