IPL 2019, RR vs MI: We have to treat every game like final, says Rajasthan Royals' all-rounder Ben Stokes

"Yes, we are in a must-win situation and we have to treat every match as final and which, I guess, puts any sort of negative thought process above our head," Stokes said.

Press Trust of India, Apr 19, 2019 22:12:31 IST

Jaipur: England's star all-rounder Ben Stokes on Friday said his struggling IPL franchise Rajasthan Royals (RR) will, from now on, have to "treat every game like a final" if they are to make the playoffs.

Stokes, who himself has not been in the best of form, said that having lost six of their eight matches, Rajasthan Royals cannot afford to lose anymore.

File image of Ben Stokes. Sportzpics

File image of Ben Stokes. Sportzpics

"Yes, we are in a must-win situation and we have to treat every match as final and which, I guess, puts any sort of negative thought process above our head. We have only one way to go and that is aggressive and positive," Stokes said.

Rajasthan, champions in the inaugural edition, are currently placed seventh in the eight-team standings with four points.

"If you look at most of the games we lost, we have lost at the crucial moments. In T20 games two-three or four balls can dictate the winner, and unfortunately, we have not been the team to win those critical moments.

"But if you lose those moments consistently then you deserve to be where we are. It is unfortunate and disappointing because every player has given his absolute best. It is not a lack of effort or lack of commitment."

Conceding that the death bowling of Rajasthan has been disappointing, Stokes said that this was the toughest part of the game.

"It is the most difficult part of the game. You need different skills as a bowler and keep on working in training. That is why bowlers like Bumrah and Malinga are best bowlers in the world. Unfortunately, we have not been able to get our death bowling quite right."

Talking about Saturday's match against Mumbai Indians, Stokes said that they know what needs to be done.

"We know what we have to do. We will try and stay positive. Our performance in the last game was disappointing but we are really a good team. We are living in the moment, not looking into the last games, winning or losing. We have to win every game if we want to be in the final."

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Updated Date: Apr 19, 2019 22:12:31 IST


IPL 2019 POINTS TABLE

Pos. Team P W L D Pts.
1
Mumbai
14 9 5 0 18
2
Chennai
14 9 5 0 18
3
Delhi
14 9 5 0 18
4
Hyderabad
14 6 8 0 12
5
Kolkata
14 6 8 0 12
6
Punjab
14 6 8 0 12
7
Rajasthan
14 5 8 0 11
8
Bangalore
14 5 8 0 11
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
6 Sri Lanka 3462 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5372 125
2 India 5669 121
3 South Africa 4488 115
4 New Zealand 3729 113
5 Australia 4342 109
6 Pakistan 3846 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
6 New Zealand 4056 254