Rajasthan Royals (RR) skipper Steve Smith has stated that the team could not adapt to the bigger ground dimensions of the Dubai International stadium. RR had won both their opening matches of the IPL 2020 playing both the matches at Sharjah cricket stadium which is comparatively smaller to the Dubai International stadium.
Rajasthan Royals had the won the toss and chosen to field. KKR went on to score 174 from 20 overs with important knocks from Shubman Gill (47 runs) and Eoin Morgan (34 runs). The Royals could not bear the wrath of KKR bowlers and could only get 137 runs on the board in 20 overs. KKR won the match by 37 runs.
That happens in T20 cricket sometimes, we have a few areas to improve on and keep moving forward: Steve Smith on loss to KKR
The RR skipper stated that their plan didn’t go right and that is normal to happen in T20 sometimes. He also mentioned they need to improve considering certain areas in their team. Smith said that the ground felt a lot different to Sharjah and they couldn’t adapt to the dimensions and the pitch.
“Didn’t quite go to plan. That happens in T20 cricket sometimes, we have a few areas to improve on, and keep moving forward. 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,” Smith said in the post match conference.
“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. It is about forming whatever XI is best for the conditions we are facing; we will wait and see. Disappointing tonight but we need to keep moving forward.” he added.
Steve Smith opened up on his banter with Pat Cummins:
Australian teammates Smith and Cummins were on the opposite sides last night, and Cumming got the better of Smith, sending the in-form batsman back to pavilion for just three runs. After the wicket, they both shared a quick amusing chat.
“It wasn’t a great battle (with Cummins), he won easily… Spoke to him now and he said you smack those in the nets, sometimes you just get a good one,” Steve Smith said.
Rajasthan Royals now sit third on the IPL table with 2 victories and one loss to their name. They will next face Royal Challengers Bangalore on October 3rd at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi.