Rajasthan Royals (RR) skipper Sanju Samson was a dejected man at the post-match presentation ceremony. He was disappointed at their batting performance after the RR bowlers had done well to restrict a strong Rishabh Pant-led DC batting line-up to 154/6 in the 20 overs.
The chase began terribly for the Rajasthan franchise as they lost three wickets within the first five overs. The pressure was always on the chasing side as the pitch was very much on the slower side throughout the game.
The slower balls were hard to put away and the RR batsmen found out the hard way. Samson led a lone battle out in the middle for his side, scoring an unbeaten 70 off 53 balls while the other batsmen failed to acclimatize to the conditions. Speaking at the presentation, Samson said:
“I thought the total was chaseable but we lost too many wickets and we weren’t able to get any momentum in our chase. We might consider changes for the next game, but it is too early now. We have to remove all the emotion before deciding on the combination.“
“We could have gotten closer if we had wickets in hand” – Sanju Samson
The target in front of Rajasthan Royals wasn’t as high but they faltered early on due to some poor strokeplay from their top-order. Liam Livingstone and David Miller fell to clumsy and avoidable shots. This set them back very early on and became harder to recover as the game went on.
“The pitch wasn’t too slow. If we stayed in the middle for a while and had some wickets in hand, we could have gotten closer to the target. We will come back stronger in the next game,” Samson added.
It was the first instance of RR losing a chase when Sanju Samson remained not out at the crease till the end. The loss means RR remains in sixth place on the points table.