Steve Smith laments after 5th defeat of Rajasthan Royals in IPL 2020

By Bet Barter

October 15, 2020

Steve Smith, the Rajasthan Royals’ skipper, has not relished the best of the times with his bat after two fifty runs knock at the first couple of games in IPL 2020. Rajasthan Royals endured their 5th loss in eight matches on Wednesday. This defeat will make their chances even more challenging to qualify for the playoffs. After the defeat at the hands of Delhi Capitals by 13 runs, Smith regretted that they failed to change the beginning performances of the team to match-winning scores.

The captaincy of Steve Smith has without a doubt been right on target, his administration of the bowlers, and field positions. Nonetheless, the Rajasthan-based team also needs him to contribute with the bat. He has just managed single-figure runs in his ongoing IPL innings. The Aussie could manage to score a single on Wednesday as his side lost to the DC.

Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes got the Rajasthan Royals off to a flyer, in the quest for 162 on a sluggish wicket in Dubai. The RR openers, Sanju Samson and Robin Uthappa started decently but, none could stay on the wicket and proceed to make a big score for their side and guide the Rajasthan Royals over the line. At last, everything came down to Rahul Tewatia and the deliveries made by Anrich Nortje and Kagiso Rabada were a lot for him as well towards the end of the game.

Steve Smith disappointed after losing against DC

Steve Smith has pointed out that the sluggishness in the wicket made it tough for them to scale the chasing target. At the same time, he praised Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes for making a good start for the team before losing wickets one by one in clusters. The Aussie especially mourned about throwing away the start of the game. He even confessed that they have to proceed further rapidly to get a win in their bag.

“Disappointing one. Obviously the wicket slowed up a fair but, but we got off to a good start with Jos and Stokesy. Then Sanju and Stokesy got partnership going but we lost too many wickets. On a slow wicket it is difficult to make up runs in the end. We needed to take it deep with set batsmen. Guys kept getting in and kept getting out, and not making 60-odd to see us through. The guys that have the air speed have had the most success. Jofra has been brilliant for us so have Nortje and Rabada for Delhi. We are not in a great position, are we? We have got to quickly move on and come back with a big game in three days time,”.

Smith said in the post-match presentation.

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