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Rajasthan Royals, you deserved to lose against Delhi Daredevils

April 29, 2012

Sorry, Ajinkya Rahane, you might have played a good knock for Rajasthan Royals, but it does not hold any significance if you carry your bat through the innings and lose the game. This game is a cruel one, indeed. All it matters is a positive result (win), which they failed to produce. They lost the game on their own. It turned out to be a suicidal run chase. How can a team lose chasing 150 odd runs, after they get a start of almost 100 (99) runs for the opening partnership? Had their batsmen crumbled like a pack of cards, a defeat would have been acceptable. But, not with the way Royals started the chase.

Rahane fails to cross the finishing line

It is a disgrace to the game, when you only lose three wickets during the game and lose the match. They lost their third wicket in the last ball of the game. What positive outcome can one deduce from it? It is simple; Rajasthan Royals lacked the killer instinct, which is a must in this format. On the other hand, Delhi Daredevils believed in themselves. Their confidence was given an extra boost, when Morne Morkel bowled a great penultimate over of the game.

It was understood initially; when Rahul Dravid and Rahane started in a cautious way, playing risk free cricket scoring at a nice rate.  But, when Dravid was dismissed, they needed 53 runs from 37 balls with nine wickets in hand, which should not have been a difficult task. Rahane should have taken the attack to the opposition. Rahane showed his inexperience by scoring in the same rate and inject confidence on the Delhi players, as the required rate was on an increase. Hope, he has learnt his lesson to finish the game at the earliest.

The best part while batting second in the shortest format of the game is that the players know at which rate they need to score. The same was the case with Rajasthan Royals too, but they never took the initiative of finishing the game early. Their intent during the game was such as if they wanted to play 120 balls during the game. Indeed, they did play but the script was written in favour of Delhi Daredevils.  If they stick to the same style of playing their game, they will land nowhere, as the IPL is moving to the business end of the competition.

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