IPL 2020: Rajasthan Royals close to victory, laments Captain Steve Smith

Rajasthan Royals lost to Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League (IPL) match on Saturday. At one point Rajasthan took a great lead against Bangalore but AB de Villiers was different. Rajasthan scored 117 runs instead of Smith’s 57-run innings, in reply Bangalore won the match with two balls to spare for Abby de Villiers’ unbeaten 55-run innings. Rajasthan Royals captain Steven Smith said on Saturday that he was disappointed to have come so close to victory after a thrilling defeat against Royal Challengers Bangalore.

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Rajasthan have lost three of their nine matches, six points with six defeats and are seventh in the points table. The road to the play-offs has become difficult for Rajasthan. This is the second match where we have come so close to winning, I am disappointed with this defeat. I believe it was a good score on a slow wicket.

“We put pressure on Bangalore and played a special innings against him,” he said. We wanted to use Joydev Unadkat to a large extent here. He bowled slow ball in this wicket. But for de Villiers, the boundary never gets bigger. I am happy with the batting in the middle order and want to maintain my rhythm.

De Villiers hit a six off the 19th over to fine Joydev Unadkat’s ball, which resulted in 25 runs and RCB needed 35 runs to win the last two overs. Only 10 runs were now needed for a sixth win with two, one, two and a skyscraper in the final over.

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