Rahane rues lack of partnership after loss to Sunrisers

Rajasthan Royals limped to 125 in its 20 overs as it lost its opener to Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL.

Ajinkya Rahane dismissed by Sunrisers Hyderabad's Siddharth Kaul.   -  K. V. S. Giri

Rajasthan Royals captain Ajinkya Rahane has lamented the team’s failure to build a single partnership of note following its loss to Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Indian Premier League (IPL) in Hyderabad on Monday.

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The Sunrisers restricted RR to 125/9 and chased down the target with nine wickets and 25 balls to spare.

“We thought on this wicket, 150-160 would have been an ideal total because the ball was doing its bit and medium pacers got good help. But, we didn’t get that one partnership. I think we lost crucial wickets in between. Partnership was the key in between,” Rahane said at the post-match press conference late last night.

Observing that it is just the beginning of the tournament, he expressed confidence that the team would give its best in the coming matches. Replying to a query, he said the team’s overseas players, including Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler and D’Arcy Short, are very competent players.

“I think foreigners who played, they are really good. D’Arcy Short, he did really well in Big Bash, did well for Australia recently, Jos Buttler and Stokes, we all know how dangerous they are and Ben Laughlin is an experienced bowler in T20 cricket,” he said.

Australia’s Steve Smith stepped down as captain in the wake of the ball tampering row, and Rajasthan is now focused on achieving success with the available resources in hand.

“Definitely, Steve Smith is a quality player. We are not thinking about him right now. It’s all about how we can contribute.”

He appreciated Sunrisers bowlers Siddharth Kaul and Billy Stanlake for their performance.

“He (Kaul) bowled well. I think him, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Stanlake, three of them; they bowled really well. I think Siddharth Kaul changed his pace really well. He was bowling, hitting the length hard and that was the key aspect,” he said.