The Rajasthan Royals suffered a shocking collapse in their batting on Sunday, when they were bowled out for 59 runs, resulting in a 112-run loss to the Royal Challengers Bangalore in Jaipur. The Royals, who were chasing a 172 run target at home, were blown out of the water by RCB’s blistering pace-bowling performance in the early innings. Mohammed Siraj, Wayne Parnell and others picked up three wickets inside the first 10 balls. The RR lost five wickets during the Powerplay, and could not recover from their disastrous start.
Sanju Samson seemed to be equally stunned by the disappointing batting collapse of his team, as he appeared at a loss for words during the post-match interviews. Samson said that his side tried to maximize the Powerplay, but it did not work. The RR skipper also stated that this loss would be hard to take.
“I believe our top three scored a lot of goals, and we are very aggressive in powerplay. But it didn’t show today.” It is too early to analyze the game. Samson, Yashasvi Jaiswal, and Jos Buttler have all played the same way.
The RCB bowlers deserve credit for their intensity and energy. This was a goal that could have been pushed to the limit. I expected a close match if we were able to put together a good powerplay.
The Royals started the season well, winning four out of five matches. However, since then, they have been inconsistent, losing six out of eight games. Samson, when asked why the Royals had such a dramatic fall in the season he said that he did not know.
“That is a good question. Was wondering where we went wrong after watching the collapse of the batting order. Samson replied, “I don’t have a good answer for that question yet.”
The fans were not happy with Samson’s response, as the captain seemed to be unable to express himself.