Rajasthan Royals (RR) succumbed to its seventh loss of the season in the 6-wicket defeat to Delhi Capitals (DC) last night at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur. In spite of Ajinkya Rahane scoring a stupendous century in the first innings, the home team bowlers failed to defend a huge first innings total of 191 runs. However, Royals skipper Steve Smith feels that they failed to finish off things nicely with the bat.
After losing the toss and being put in to bat first, the home team registered a massive first innings total of 191 runs on the back of former skipper Ajinkya Rahane’s brilliant hundred and current captain Steve Smith’s second consecutive half-century. But then in the second innings, Shikhar Dhawan and Rishabh Pant smashed staggering fifties each to outperform the opposition in a pretty comfortable manner.
We didn’t finish off well
During the post-match presentation ceremony, RR skipper Steve Smith revealed that the Delhi bowlers especially Kagiso Rabada bowled really well to pull things back towards the death overs stage. After Smith and Rahane’s fabulous 130-run partnership, things got slowed down for the Royals as they lost wickets in clusters. Ashton Turner registered his third consecutive golden duck in IPL 2019 which further worsened the progress.
“We thought we didn’t finish off well with the bat, they pulled things back with Kagiso Rabada in the death overs. We couldn’t quite get hold of their bowlers,” quoted Steve Smith.
Smith revealed that the wicket played really well throughout the duration of the game. He mentioned that Shikhar Dhawan batted amazingly well to take on the RR bowlers in the first six overs of the powerplay itself. “The wicket played well throughout, one of the best in the tournament. They took our bowlers on in the powerplay and Shikhar Dhawan played a magnificent knock,” he added.
He did a terrific job
Pant was looking in a canter mood, picking up some quick runs by taking on the RR bowlers. In absolutely no time, the left-hander racked up a sensational half-century to help his team claim a comfortable position in the run-chase. He remained unbeaten till the end after playing an incredible innings of 78 runs off just 36 balls which included 6 fours and 4 sixes.
“Pant is a young lad and he did a terrific job as well. We changed a few tactics, I didn’t want Shreyas Gopal to bowl in the Powerplay but decided to give him a bowl as the dew was setting in. It’s always hard for the bowlers with the dew around. The wicket stayed the same throughout the 40 overs. You can try and get wickets with your best bowlers or keep them for the death overs,” Smith concluded.