Last Update on: October 10th, 2019 at 02:11 pm
Rajasthan Royals (RR) registered their sixth loss in this edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) after they went down against Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) by 12 runs at the PCA IS Bindra Stadium in Mohali. It was skipper Ajinkya Rahane’s poor captaincy that cost Rajasthan the match, and he admitted that they need to learn from the mistakes ahead of the next tie.
Meanwhile, batting first posted 182 runs after a late cameo from Ravichandran Ashwin. Chris Gayle and KL Rahul started on a positive note before Mayank Agarwal, and David Miller scored some quick runs to set the platform for some big shots. But Jofra Archer bowled brilliantly to keep things in check returning with three for 15 in his quota. He was outstanding but an 18-run over to finish the innings took the game from the visitors. Ajinkya Rahane hailed Archer and also praised his leg-spinners – Ish Sodhi and Shreyas Gopal for doing a good job in the middle overs.
“Our bowlers bowled well. Our two legspinners in the middle overs were brilliant. Jofra’s four overs were critical,” Rahane said at the post-match presentation ceremony.
Need to learn from our mistakes
At the halfway stage, it didn’t look like a daunting task, and the Rajasthan Royals got off to a flying start. However, Ajinkya Rahane revealed losing too many wickets back to back has hurt them. He also admitted that he and Stuart Binny tried to stretch it till the end but in the end finished 12 runs short. Rahane stated these things happens in T20 cricket, and they need to learn from their mistakes quickly and come back stronger.
“182 on that wicket was quite chaseable. We started well. Just a matter of two sixes. A game like this, you can’t criticise too much. In a chase like this, you can’t lose too many wickets in a bunch. Discussion between me and Stuart was to take it deep. Tripathi started really well. Should learn from our mistakes. These things happen in T20 cricket,” he concluded.