IPL 2019: Death overs batting is reason behind Rajasthan Royal’s defeat – Steve Smith

Chennai: RR skipper Steve Smith said that death overs batting is the reason behind his team’s defeat. Steve Smith smashed 32-ball half-century in the match against Delhi Capitals on Monday Steve Smith smashed 32-ball half-century in the match against Delhi Capitals on Monday.

“We thought we didn’t finish off well with the bat, they pulled things back with Rabada in the death overs. We couldn’t quite get hold of their bowlers. The wicket played well throughout, one of the best in the tournament. They took our bowlers on in the powerplay and Shikhar played a magnificent knock. Pant is a young lad and he did a terrific job as well,” said Smith.

The Australian further said that he changed the tactics to defend the total and didn’t want to send all-rounder Shreyas Gopal to bowl during the powerplay but later decided to send him as the dew was setting in. He also heaped praise on Jofra Archer for his consistent bowling throughout the tournament.

“We changed a few tactics, I didn’t want 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. Delhi did that well with Rabada but for us, Archer has bowled well for us throughout the tournament,” Steve further added.

Ajinkya Rahane played a scintillating knock of unbeaten 105 in 65 deliveries with the help of 11 boundaries and 3 sixes while Captain Steve Smith scored a half-century in 32 balls. With the help of the duo’s 130-run partnership in 75 balls, Rajasthan set a competitive total of 191 in 20 overs.

Delhi went top of the team standings with 14 points in 11 games, whereas RR remain at seventh spot with 6 points in 10 matches. DC will host Royal Challengers Bangalore on 28 April next at whereas RR will take on Kolkata Knight Riders at the iconic Edens Garden on 25 April.

NT Bureau