Rajasthan Royals skipper Sanju Samson put the blame squarely on his batting unit for not putting enough runs on the board for his bowlers to defend after Mumbai Indians romped home to a seven-wicket win in Delhi.
Needing 172 to win, Mumbai Indians didn’t break a sweat as Quinton de Kock’s imperious unbeaten 50-ball 70* and a valuable knock by Krunal Pandya guided them to a comfortable win with nine balls to spare.
Sanju Samson admitted that with the track being such a good one to bat on, Rajasthan Royals were at least 20-25 runs short of the target.
The Royals made a tactical blunder by sending Shivam Dube ahead of the likes of David Miller or even Riyan Parag at the No.4 spot.
And, the move backfired as Dube endured a horror time at the crease as he managed an underwhelming 31-ball 35 even as Sanju Samson continued to rack up boundaries on a consistent basis at the other end.
Samson’s wicket in the 18th over came at the wrong time for the Rajasthan Royals and it may have made a difference of 15-20 runs in the end.
“Surely, a few runs short, maybe around 20-25 runs short. We were going on nicely (with the bat), but didn’t finish well. The bowlers have been doing their job well, but as batsmen, we need to get them a good score to defend. It was a good wicket, the ball was coming on nicely and they (MI) batted really well, as a team, we will need to score more runs as a batting group. Trust yourself, play positive and fearless cricket – that’s all one should do,” said Sanju Samson.