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Delhi Go Top, While Royals Lose Fourth Straight

Delhi Go Top, While Royals Lose Fourth Straight Photo: TT
Rajasthan Royals captain Steve Smith (2L) celebrates with his teammates after a catch to dismiss Sunrisers Hyderabad batsman David Warner during the 2019 Indian Premier League (IPL)

Rajasthan Royals skipper Steve Smith says his side aren’t “executing under pressure” as they slumped to a fourth straight loss in the Indian Premier League on Friday night.

The Royals were beaten by 46 runs in Sharjah by Delhi Capitals who move into top spot with a 5-1 record, led by Player of the Match Ravi Ashwin who took 2-22 in a crucial four-over spell.

Delhi posted 8-184 with the bat, with top scores from Shimron Hetmeyer (45 from 24) and Marcus Stoinis (39 from 30), while Jofra Archer took 3-24 for the Royals.

Capitals captain Shreyas Iyer conceded he felt the score may have been under-par, but his side bowled expertly to knock over Rajasthan for 138, with Ashwin and Stoinis both taking two wickets while Kagiso Rabada finished with 3-35.

“We’re not playing good enough over the full 40 overs,” Smith said, after he only managed 24 from 17 balls at first drop.

“We are doing some good things in patches, but unfortunately not executing well under pressure. I think we gave a few away in the end.

“The wicket was not as good as it has been. It was a little stoppy. We gave away 10-15 too many.”

The Royals’ recent slump has ramped up talk about all-rounder Ben Stokes who has been in hotel quarantine after arriving in the UAE from New Zealand for family reasons.

“Ben Stokes comes out of quarantine tomorrow, we play day after,” Smith said.

“He hasn’t had any practice so we will need to have a chat around that.”

While the Royals are looking to fix their issues, Delhi are going from strength to strength and Iyer had no complaints.

“I am really happy with the way we came out after first innings,” Iyer said. “We thought this might be an under-par total but the bowlers did their job.

“I am really happy with the way the bowlers execute their plans. We have to be consistent with our approach. That should be our mindset and not take anything lightly.”

Ben somerford
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