The Ajinkya Rahane-led Rajasthan Royals (RR) conceded a disappointing loss in the last night’s IPL 2019 encounter against Chennai Super Kings (CSK) at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. The RR top-order batters displayed a very poor performance, throwing away their wickets in the form of some soft dismissals. After the third straight loss, RR skipper Ajinkya Rahane feels that his batters need to up their game in order to improve the 2008 IPL champions’ fortunes this year.
The last five overs cost us
After winning the toss and opting to field first, the Royals got off to a fabulous start as fast bowler Jofra Archer bowled a sensational opening spell to leave the hosts reeling at 27 for 3. However, after that collapse, CSK skipper MS Dhoni bailed his team out of trouble with a remarkable unbeaten knock of 75 runs off just 46 balls. During the post-match press conference, Rahane also mentioned that he feels very disappointed after the loss. He reckoned that his bowlers gave away too many runs in the last five overs, which was a crucial phase.
“Very disappointed. We started off really well in the first ten overs, but what cost us were the last five overs. When MS bats it is very difficult for the bowlers,” said Rahane. It was very hard for the bowlers to grip the ball after six overs, even the fast bowlers. But CSK bowled really well, they kept taking wickets,” said Ajinkya Rahane.
It is important to win smaller moments
In the second innings, CSK bowlers delivered an amazing combined effort to rattle the RR top order. Towards the end of the chase, the pair of Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer showed an entertaining fight to somehow take the game as deep as possible, but then Dwayne Bravo held his nerves in the final over to help his team pick up an emphatic victory. Rahane stated that the RR batters need to take up the responsibility.
“As a batting unit we need to take the responsibility for this. We win as a team and we lose as a team. If we win the smaller moments in T20s we will do well. We have played well in the last three games and hopefully with some luck we’ll be able to turn it around,” concluded the RR skipper.