Rajasthan Royals’ skipper Steve Smith praised Mahipal Lomror for his “mature innings” but admitted that the top-order needs to bat longer in order to have a good start.
Three balls later, a sharp catch by Devdutt Padikkal in the slips dismissed Buttler. Star batsman Sanju Samson wicket in the next over added insult to an injury as Royals got reduced to 31/3.
Smith admitted that the Royals didn’t score enough runs on the board against RCB.
“We could have done a lot better. Didn’t get enough runs on the board, it was a good wicket. We couldn’t get a partnership together. Jofra bowled exceptionally, our leggies bowled well, but we didn’t have enough on the board,” said Smith during the post-match presentation via host broadcaster Star Sports.
“Our top 3 should be doing the job a lot more. The last two games it’s cost us. We bat quite deep, but our top 3 need to bat longer and get ourselves into the innings,” he added.
A late onslaught by Rahul Tewatia and a gutsy knock by Lomror powered Rajasthan Royals to post a total of 154 runs after having a bad start.
“Lomror played nicely under pressure and to get 155, we didn’t look like getting that many; he played a mature inning,” said Smith.
“Just a few areas which we’ve to work on and we’ll go back and look at those. It was very hot, you come back for a two and takes a bit longer to get your oxygen back,” he added.
RCB defeated Rajasthan Royals by eight wickets on the back of opener Devdutt Padikkal and skipper Virat Kohli brilliant knocks.