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Du Plessis is ecstatic that RCB has finally broken their losing skid.

Du Plessis is ecstatic that RCB has finally broken their losing skid.

After the in-form Sunrisers Hyderabad defeated the bottom-seeded Royal Challengers Bangalore by 35 runs in Hyderabad, ending their six-match losing record, Faf du Plessis will “sleep easier”. Thanks to spinners Karn Sharma and Swapnil Singh, who together claimed four wickets early in the game, RCB was able to restrict the home team to 171 for 8, after Rajat Patidar’s 50 off 20 had put them on 206 for 7. RCB has maintained their chances of qualifying for the playoffs with this victory.

After previously acknowledging that a string of losses could have a negative psychological impact on his teammates, the captain of the Royal Challengers Bangalore described the victory as a “huge relief” and said it could restore the group’s morale.

“We’ve shown great signs of fight in the last two games,” du Plessis stated during the presentation. We managed to reach 260 in the SRH game, which was close to 270. The KKR game also ended in a single run. It nearly seemed like a record chase. We’ve been close for a while, but winning games is necessary to restore the group’s confidence. It is a great relief. It doesn’t matter where we are—losing has an impact on you psychologically and undermines your self-assurance. I’ll get a little better sleep tonight.”

“You cannot project confidence onto the group; neither can you pretend to project confidence.” Performance is the only factor that inspires confidence. We definitely felt that we weren’t performing to our maximum capacity during the first part of the competition. Furthermore, even though you undoubtedly give it your all when playing at 50% or 60%, your squad doesn’t gain confidence in you. You’ll be harmed [if you’re not at 100%] because the teams and the competition are so powerful.

“The last week and a half we have been working hard to make sure we get better at our own game. You can see the last game; there is some confidence in our batting. We have got more guys scoring runs now. For the first half of the tournament only it was only Virat [Kohli] contributing. Rajat playing two really good innings back-to-back, Greeny [Cameron Green] getting runs, it’s massive for him just to get that load off his shoulders. It’s important as a batting line-up to contribute together because we have seen the scores are so big, it’s never going to be just one guy scoring the runs.”

Du Plessis further said it had been frustrating to bowl at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru because of the shorter boundaries. His disappointment was evident in the results as RCB have lost three of their four home games thus far, with their bowlers toiling for wickets. On a bigger ground like the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad, du Plessis said his spinners were able to make the most of the dimensions and conditions.

“Little victories must always be celebrated, and right now we’re feeling terrific. It’s always pleasant to return to winning ways. [A gallant call to bat first] was made. I was undoubtedly against [batting first], therefore I give the captain and coach credit for that. The key reason was that SRH has been batting brilliantly when they bat first, according to Green.

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