After a terrific win over Royal Challengers Bangalore in their last match, Rajasthan Royals faced a thumping defeat at the hands of Kolkata Knight Riders at home. Chasing 161, KKR went over the line by 7 wickets to grab second win on the trot. Talking about his team’s performance,Ajinkya Rahane during the post-match presentation admitted that it was his side’s fielding efforts that put them on the backfoot.
“I thought we were 15-20 runs short. In T20 it’s always not about scoring 180. In this format, fielding is a crucial part. We let ourselves down in fielding. Very disappointing. Game 1 on this pitch and it had very good bounce. Today, the ball was keeping low. But no complaints. I got a good start and it was my responsibility to carry on. We thought 175-180 would have been good on this wicket.,” Rahane said.
Karthik won the toss and elected to bowl but Rahane said that it does not make too much difference in a game. He said that it was the lack of intensity from his players that let them down. On playing the same eleven, Rahane said that it was important to back his players.
“Doesn’t make too much difference. I believe in playing good cricket. The intensity has to be up to the mark. Our intensity was a little bit down today. It wasn’t there. I wanted to keep backing my players. T20 is all about backing your players. Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose. Boys are doing really well. I just wanted to stick to the same combination,” Rahane said.
Rajasthan Royals will next play Chennai Super Kings in Pune on Friday while Kolkata Knight Riders will be up against Kings XI Punjab in Mohali.