It was a case of so close yet so far for the Royals as they committed mistakes at crucial stages of the match.
After winning a stunning game against SRH, Rajasthan Royals again found themselves on the losing side against Delhi Capitals. After the toss didn’t go their way, RR managed to restrict Delhi Capitals for 161 runs in 20 overs. Shikhar Dhawan and Shreyas Iyer stitched an amazing partnership after the dismal start, but RR managed to pull things back with some phenomenal death bowling.
However, as the pitch started to slow down, the batting became extremely difficult in the second innings. Also, Delhi Capitals bowled brilliantly throughout the 20 overs to make sure that RR fell short of the target. With this loss, Rajasthan have lost five out of their eight games and their chances of playoffs are getting difficult with every defeat.
Here are the three mistakes committed by RR in Match 30, DC vs RR:-
1. Robin Uthappa as an opener and Ben Stokes as a finisher can be tried
Ben Stokes is one of the best finishers of world cricket with his amazing ability to strike the ball. Likewise, Robin Uthappa’s genuine batting position is opening. However, RR have swapped their positions to provide Stokes with maximum balls possible.
As their middle order is inexperienced, Stokes can be a useful asset at number 5 and playing Uthappa at the top provides stability along with Jos Buttler‘s firepower. RR repeated this tactical error and this led them to a failure in chasing the total down.
2. Not bowling Jofra Archer in the middle overs
Jofra Archer grabbed two scalps in his first spell with the new ball. He was looking in terrific touch tonight but he was immediately removed from the attack to save his overs for the death. Even when there was a partnership budding between Shikhar Dhawan and Shreyas Iyer, he wasn’t asked to bowl and surprisingly he didn’t bowl for 11 consecutive overs. As Archer is their strike bowler, captain Steve Smith should have used him better and he could have broken the partnership.
3. Panic in the last five overs of RR’s innings
RR needed just 39 runs off the last five overs of their innings. With Rahul Tewatia and Robin Uthappa in the middle, the target should have been chased down more often than not. However, instead of playing sensibly and taking singles and doubles, RR’s batsmen played dot balls and tried to play rash shots. This led to panic and they also lost two vital wickets. If the last five overs could have been approached with more calmness, things could have turned out differently.
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