After conceding the third consecutive loss in IPL 2019, Rajasthan Royals (RR) all-rounder Ben Stokes feels that it will be difficult for them to make a comeback in the tournament, if they lose 4-5 matches in a row. In all the three matches, RR has failed to close the game in pressure situations which led to the downfall.
During the last night’s match against Chennai Super Kings (CSK), RR required 12 runs to win off the last over and they were in with a real chance as both Jofra Archer and Ben Stokes were striking the ball really in the previous few overs. However, CSK all-rounder Dwayne Bravo then bowled brilliantly well in the final over, defending a stiff total of 12 runs and picking up the prized scalp of the dangerous looking Stokes and in turn propelled his team to a remarkable win.
“Our first three games we got ourselves into a real good position to win All three, and we know it is just (about) winning those crucial moments. (This game) it was the last over and unfortunately we couldn’t cross the line,” said Ben Stokes after the loss against CSK.
There is always been one point
Stokes noted that RR were always in the game for some point of time on all those three occasions. The English all-rounder also revealed that they obtained many positives from the first three matches. “There is always been one point in the three games were we haven’t been a better team. Losing the first three games you probably would say we can’t (take positives), but we are trying to and there is no point in looking back…Because if we lose 4-5, it’s going to be really tough to come back from that,” added Stokes.
Dwayne Bravo is experienced in those situation
Stokes further revealed that it was very crucial for him to score a boundary off Bravo’s first ball of the last over. However, he also noted Bravo is quite an experienced bowler who knows how to deliver well in the death overs stage.
“And probably though the first ball is crucial to get a boundary (in the last over), and to try and get the momentum, you know (it) could have gone (for a boundary) but (Dwayne) Bravo is sort of experienced in those situations and he knows what to do and he is one of the best in the world doing it, so just say well bowled at the end of the day,” concluded the RR all-rounder.