The Ajinkya Rahane-led Rajasthan Royals (RR) succumbed to its sixth defeat in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 edition last night against Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) at the PCA Stadium in Mohali. KXIP skipper Ravichandran Ashwin was the star performer in the game, scoring some useful runs with the bat down the order and also scalped two crucial wickets in the second innings. With this drubbing, the Royals are left with an uphill task of winning atleast five of the remaining six matches in order to come in contention for the playoffs.
After losing the toss and being asked to bat first, the hosts registered a pretty challenging first innings total at the back of KL Rahul’s half-century and some exhibitory cameo knocks. In the second innings, the Royals’ batters never looked at ease as they struggled to rotate the strike on consistent basis and thus, the required run-rate started rising towards the cussing point. Rahul Tripathi compiled a fine half-century knock and Stuart Binny contributed with an entertaining unbeaten cameo, but the KXIP bowlers displayed brilliant combined efforts to steer their team to an amazing win.
These things happen in T20 cricket
After the loss, Rajasthan Royals skipper Ajinkya Rahane revealed that there is no need to be too much critical about this defeat. Rahane also admitted to the fact that 183 was quite a chaseable total on the Mohali wicket. He mentioned that his bowlers bowled really well in the first innings but they lost wickets in a cluster and that proved to be costly in the end.
“182 (183) on that wicket was quite chaseable. We started well. Just a matter of two sixes. A game like this, you can’t criticise too much. Our bowlers bowled well. In a chase like this, you can’t lose too many wickets in a bunch. Discussion between me and Stuart (Binny) was to take it deep. Tripathi started really well. Should learn from our mistakes. These things happen in T20 cricket,” said Ajinkya Rahane.
Rahane praises the spinners
Jofra Archer was the pick of the RR bowlers, claiming three wickets at a brilliant economy rate of 3.80. The leg-spin duo comprising of Ish Sodhi and Shreyas Gopal also bowled really well to contain the opposition batters in the middle-overs stage.
“Our two leg spinners in the middle overs were brilliant. Jofra’s four overs were critical,” Rahane added.