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IPL 2018, the bottom four: How did they fall apart?2 min read

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There are four teams at the bottom: Mumbai Indians, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Kings XI Punjab and Delhi Daredevils. Although they did have their moments of glory, they were not long lasting. Let us see each one of their performances and see how it all fell apart. 

Mumbai Indians 

A lot was expected of this team. They are three-time winners of the Indian Premier League. Their performance this time was below average since they won only 6 out of 14 matches. They did not have a great start. Call it bad luck, but they lost two good fast-bowlers Pat Cummins and Jason Behrendorff were off when IPL just started off. The lost the first three matches consecutively. Their poor performances started when they were down by 7 wickets against DD and bowlers of the likes of Akila Dananjaya and Mayank Markande gave away up to 49 runs. One of the toughest battles they had and performed very poorly was against SRH making a meager 87 runs and were not out in 18.4 overs. Good performers like Mitchell McClenaghan and Ishan Kishan were out at 0 runs. Fans are always going to be supportive.

 

Royal Challengers Bangalore 

One of the most disappointing performances of this season was by RCB. Much was expected of Virat Kohli‘s captaincy. Considering that RCB had the strongest batting lineup, they were expected to perform well at the very least, when they are chasing. RCB’s worst performance was during the decisive match which was extremely crucial to secure their position. One of the most important players of the match like Kohli and Moeen Ali were out at 4 and 1 runs respectively. Which was a shame, because then was the time to prove themselves. They were 30 wickets short of the win and were all out at the 19th over. Naturally, fans were disappointed.

 

Kings XI Punjab 

KXIP lost 8 matches out of 14 and won only 6. Their start was good, however, they fell down the points table really hard by losing 5 games consecutively. Their latest match with CSK which was important in order to secure their position went through pretty bad. They were not out in 19.4 overs. K.L. Rahul and Chris Gayle were out at 7 and 0 respectively. Three wickets were down at 16 runs and their chances were slimming very fast. Another sad performance was against RCB when KXIP was shamefully ousted at 15.1 overs with a total score of only 88 runs. It was painful to watch as Kohli and Patel singlehandedly won the match.

 

Delhi Daredevils 

DD were good performers in the first two seasons of the Indian Premier League, however, their standing began to collapse from the third season. It could probably be blamed on the lack of team spirit because a lot of the players changed. It appears as though, there has been a fault in the making of the team, the spirit etc because even now they are not short of good players. One of their worst performances was against KKR in which they made only 129 runs. They were all out at only 14.2 overs. DD bowlers weren’t up to the mark either. The likes of Mohammed Shami and Shahbaz Nadeem gave away 53 and 43 runs respectively. Gautam Gambhir was out at 8, Jason Roy at 1 and Shreyas Iyer at 4. It was disappointing. 

Overall, while we have the bottom four out of the competition, the top four teams: SRH, CSK, KKR, and RR are still fighting to win. They have worked hard and made their way up here. Looks like they are all set for knockouts!

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