Rajasthan Royals and Kochi Tuskers Kerala, both, have lost more matches than they have won in the IPL 4 thus far. To make matters worse, currently, both are on a losing streak. So the confidence level is pretty low even as they head into their penultimate match at the Holkar Stadium here on Sunday.
While it is all over for Kochi, there is still a small chance for Rajasthan Royals to qualify for the play-offs. The winner of the inaugural edition will have to win their remaining two matches quite convincingly and hope other results favour them to sneak them through.
Although technically, the Royals have a slight chance, it is highly unlikely that they will end up in top four with maximum possible 15 points. After playing 12 matches each, Royals have 11 points, while Kochi have only 10 and already eliminated from the completion.
However, Royals are not going to give up as yet and are determined to give their best shot against a demoralised Kochi. A big victory on Sunday is only going to improve Royals’ chances of their pursuit of a qualification berth.
Royals have a psychological advantage over their rivals having beaten the Kochi side in their first leg encounter. “Yes we have defeated them and it gives us a big advantage going into tomorrow’s match. But they have a competent side and we have to play top class cricket to beat them again,” said Rahul Dravid on the eve of the match.