After the lengthy disastrous beginning, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) has finally found their form in the ongoing IPL 2019. While they are still far away from the playoffs qualification, the all-rounder Marcus Stoinis has claimed that they are focusing match by match.

In the ongoing IPL season, RCB suffered their worst-ever IPL start. They lost their all the first six matches of this season before opening their points tally by winning their seventh game of this season.  At present, they are in a better situation after winning four out of their last five matches.

Though RCB is at the last position (eighth) in the points table with eight points, they are still in the contention for the playoffs.

However, they will also have to look out the other team results – to stay in the playoffs qualification process.

Marcus Stoinis revealed their present mindset

Meanwhile, Stoinis is not interested in thinking about their playoffs qualification. At the present moment, he wants to focus match by match.

Marcus Stoinis, RCB, IPL 2019
Marcus Stoinis (Image Credit: IPL)

After their latest victory against Kings XI Punjab (KXIP), Stoinis said, “I hope we don’t change [the thinking]. We’re fortunate we are not in a position where we can think too far ahead anyways. I don’t know what the equations are but we can’t do much now apart from just win the games. We now go to Delhi, and if we win that we cross the next bridge. So you just go, express yourself, and have fun.”

RCB will play their next match against the host side Delhi Capitals (DC) at Delhi on 28th of April.

Talking about their present fearless attitude, Stoinis added, “When you lose a couple of games, you try and play not to lose rather than play to win. It takes certain individuals to turn that around and we’ve had a few guys stand up who’ve made runs and taken wickets in big situations. We’ve started winning some close games as well which has given everyone confidence.”

Marcus Stoinis about his last match partnership with AB de Villiers

Stoinis played a crucial role for RCB in their previous match against KXIP which they won by 17 runs. After losing the toss, the host side RCB managed to score 202/4 (20 overs) in the first innings. When Stoinis came to bat, RCB was struggling on 81/4. But then he and AB de Villiers provided an unbeaten 121-run partnership, for the fifth wicket that helped the side to cross the 200-run mark.

Marcus Stoinis, RCB, IPL 2019
AB de Villiers and Marcus Stoinis (Image Credit: Twitter)

While the hero of the match AB de Villiers scored an unbeaten 82 off 44 balls, Stoinis was not out on 46 runs off 34 balls. Stoinis took a little bit of time to settle down in that match as once he scored 26 runs off 30 balls. But in the last four balls of that innings, Stoinis scored 20 runs, and it was the turning point of the match.

Talking about that innings, Stoinis said, “The plan was to put the ego away a little bit. If you’ve got a plan and you are doing it for the team, you have to trust it. Fortunately AB was at the other end. We knew that once we were in and seen a few balls, we could capitalise.”

In reply, KXIP only managed to score 185/7 (20 overs), and RCB secured their third consecutive victory. Stoinis also took one wicket in the second innings of that match as his bowling figures were 2-0-13-1.

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