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Albie: Onus is on batsmen

Bangalore: Royal Challengers Bangalore all-rounder Albie Morkel feels that at least one of their top six batsmen would need to score a big one in Friday’s IPL VII match to get the better of the indomitable Kings XI Punjab.

“Most of our batsmen got good starts But we didn’t convert. The best innings was of AB (de Villiers), who hit 89. And if you want to win T20 games, out of top 5-6 batsmen, one has to go out and score a big one.

“30s and 40s can win you games on occasions... From our batting point of view, we are hoping that somebody scores a big one,” Morkel said.

“We have been doing so many things right and were close to winning games. I think our batting unit probably has not done well as expected. Certainly, our goal is to play well in the next seven games,” he added.

Morkel said that RCB would try to take advantage of the home conditions and win three consecutive matches in Bangalore.

“It is a blessing in disguise to play three matches (in Bangalore). If you want to qualify, you have to win home matches. We will go out and try to win all three. We are proud of our record here,” said Morkel.

“It is going to be a tough contest versus the Kings XI. They have a few dangerous batsmen. But we are taking things game by game. We haven’t yet peaked. Hopefully, that happens on Friday.

“We all know that Virat Kohli is a feisty character and he will be up for it (to win five out of seven games). I think the team will respond very well. It is going to be a good contest. We are prepared like any other game. Hopefully, we recharge ourselves,” he said.

Asked about the team’s fitness, Morkel said: “There are a few niggles... But those are not new injuries. They have been carrying them for a while now. They can play with it,” he said. (PTI)