Head coach Kumar Sangakkara blasts RR batters following meek surrender against RCB. Rajasthan Royals were disqualified in Jaipur for posting the second-lowest score in IPL history.
The Rajasthan Royals’ IPL 2023 campaign appears to be over after they were thrashed by Royal Challengers Bangalore in their home backyard. The defeat came as a result of a dismal batting performance that saw the home team capitulate meekly in the chase.
Following their defeat, RR head coach Kumar Sangakkara did not mince words
Chasing a par total of 171 runs, Rajasthan Royals lost both openers without scoring a single run. The procession continued on the powerplay, as they lost half their team without scoring a goal. Former Sri Lankan cricketer Kumar Sangakkara believed that rather than the bowlers dismissing the batters, the batters threw away their wickets.
“I think we got a little carried away on the powerplay, thinking we had to score a lot of runs there and be super-positive.” It was a case of trying to form alliances, but we were five down coming out of the powerplay, which was probably the end of the game.
They didn’t actually get us out, but we did, and it was quite evident. So it wasn’t about one person, but about the entire batting unit, and we weren’t good enough today,” he stated at the post-match news conference.
We have to play for dignity and make sure we win: Coach Kumar Sangakkara
Earlier in the game, RCB skipper and IPL 2023 Orange Cap holder Faf du Plessis, coupled with Glenn Maxwell’s blazing effort, laid the groundwork for a competitive score. At the halfway point, the game was in the balance because the home team possessed the batting firepower to chase down the objective. However, RR’s postseason aspirations have been jeopardized by their batters’ absence, combined with some weird shot selections.
“It was a poor batting display.” We bowled effectively to keep them under 170, which was a good chase on this pitch. We’ll have to wait, as we only have one game left. Unfortunately, other outcomes will have to go our way now, so we’ll have to play for pride and make sure we win,” the coach continued.