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IPL 2020: Game didn’t go to plan, happens sometime in T20 cricket, says Rajasthan Royals skipper Steve Smith

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Rajasthan Royals, who were at the top of the points table until their clash against the Kolkata Knight Riders on Wednesday, faced their first loss in IPL 2020. They crashed to a 37-run loss against the KKR.

Facing a target of 175, the team that chased 223 just a few days ago against Kings XI Punjab to register the highest ever IPL chase in history, ended up at 137/9 in their 20 overs.

It was the first game in the tournament where their star players such as Sanju Samson and Steve Smith folded up in single-digits and the team had no one else to pull them through.

The skipper Steve Smith in the post-match interview agreed that their first game outside Sharjah did not go well for them.

“Didn’t quite go to plan. That happens in T20 cricket sometimes, we have a few areas to improve on, and keep moving forward,” Smith said.

Speaking about the decision to bowl first, Smith added, “You could go one way or another [with the toss]. KKR like to chase, so we planned to put their death bowling under pressure but obviously couldn’t do that as we lost too many wickets upfront.

First game outside Sharjah for Rajasthan Royals

It was the first match for Rajasthan Royals outside Sharjah and they did not adapt to the ground conditions, skipper Smith admitted.

“Few of us still thought we were playing in Sharjah. It did feel a lot different, the far side is a very big side and we didn’t see too many balls going there and the other side is slightly shorter. We probably didn’t adapt to the dimensions and the wicket, also dropped a few catches which cost us.”

Smith was however confident that his team would fix their mistakes and would be ready for their matches ahead.

He also spoke about his battle with the Aussie team-mate Pat Cummins and said this time around the bowler got the better of him.

“It wasn’t a great battle [with Cummins], he won easily and spoke to him now and he said you smack those in the nets, sometimes you just get a good one,” Smith said.

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