DUBAI: Rajasthan Royals‘ skipper Steve Smith said that the batsmen failed to take responsibility while chasing a target of 192 as his side fell short by 60 runs against Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL on Sunday. SCORECARD | POINTS TABLE |
Royals scored 19 runs off the first over of their run-chase, but Robin Uthappa (6) ended up losing his wicket to Pat Cummins. In the third over of the innings, Cummins dismissed Ben Stokes (18) thanks to a spectacular catch from Dinesh Karthik. Five balls later, Steve Smith (4) was sent back, which reduced RR to 32/3.
Sanju Samson (1) was caught behind off the bowling of Shivam Mavi and Riyan Parag (0) was dismissed by Cummins to leave Rajasthan staring down the barrel at 37/5.
“I thought it was a 180 wicket. There was a bit of dew. Losing four (wickets) in the Powerplay, it was always going to be tough from there,” Smith told the host broadcasters Star Sports after the match.
“Cummins bowled nice lengths, made us play some good shots. We got off to a flyer, but then we lost wickets in a clump. Unfortunate way to end. We started off really well, won the last two (matches) before this one. In the middle, we lost our way.”
Rahul Tewatia and Jos Buttler then got together at the crease, and the duo put on 43 runs for the sixth wicket. However, that stand was broken in the 11th over by Varun Chakravarthy as he dismissed Buttler (35).
In the end, RR failed to get any sort of momentum and were restricted to 131/9.
For KKR, Cummins (4/34) bagged four wickets while Shivam Mavi and Varun Chakravarthy clinched two wickets each.
“Our batters, the top four or five, didn’t take responsibility perhaps. A couple of real positives: Jofra has been exceptional pretty much every game (and) Tewatia obviously has pulled a few out of the hat throughout the tournament. He has bowled exceptionally well throughout the tournament. Not enough support for them,” he added.
Earlier, Eoin Morgan played an unbeaten knock of 68 runs as KKR posted a total of 191/7 in the allotted twenty overs.
With this win, KKR have moved to the fourth spot in the points table with 14 points from 14 matches. They now wait to know their playoff fate, which depends on the results of the last two league matches. On the other hand, Royals are now out of the race to playoffs.