With 28 runs to defend in the last two overs, the visitors were the favourites to pull off a win, but the script turned out to be different.
Krishanppa Gowtham, who did a decent job with the ball in this edition of the IPL so far, finally fired with the bat.
Gowtham squeezed a boundary before hitting a six off Hardik Pandya’s delivery to win the game for the Rajasthan Royals with a couple of balls to spare.
Rohit credits the Royals
Sharma, who had earlier stressed on getting the small moments right, was seen gutted post the game. He credited the Royals for putting up an emphatic show and especially in the last five overs.
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The skipper also backed his boys to come good and said he couldn’t be too harsh on his boys, as they have lost some very close games in the recent past.
“Not easy to digest. Especially, towards the end, we were in the game, but credit to them. Not easy to score 10-per-over on this surface. Not making 180-190 hurt us. We didn’t capitalise on the start we got.” Sharma said after his side suffered a three-wicket loss in Jaipur.
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He also added Mumbai were 20 odd runs short. At one stage it looked like the visitors will get anything close to 190 but Jofra Archer’s triple-wicket over changed things drastically.
“It’s the second or third time we’ve done this. We’ve addressed this before, but need to improve. We needed to be smarter on where we should’ve hit the ball, but credit to their bowlers. Not easy to lose close games, and that’s why I’ve not been too critical of our bowlers. They have pulled things back often, but our batting wasn’t good. Twenty more runs would’ve been enough.” he said.