Abu Dhabi: Rajasthan Royals (RR) captain Steve Smith has kept alive the hopes of making it to the playoffs by defeating Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) by seven wickets in the Indian Premier League (IPL 2020). After the match, Smith said that his team might be showing their top game at the right time but it would have been better if they had registered a few more wins in the middle of the tournament.
Chasing the target of 186 runs by Kings XI Punjab in the match, the Royals registered an easy victory by scoring 186 runs for three wickets in 17.3 overs thanks to the innings of Ben Stokes, Sanju Samson, Captain Steve Smith and Robin Uthappa.
The Royals team started with two consecutive wins and today registered its second consecutive win but Smith said it would have been better if he had recorded a few more wins in the middle.
Smith said after the match, ‘For us this tournament was full of ups and downs. It would have been better if we had recorded a few more wins in the middle tournament. We still have to show better game to make it to the playoffs and at the same time things should be in our favor.
He said, ‘We have registered two consecutive wins and are probably showing our top game at the right time’.
Smith said that Samson’s run-out was disappointing but one should try to see the positive side of every situation. He said, ‘Samson was unfortunate to be run out but you see the positive side of every situation. This gave Jose Butler a chance to bat five days later. He played good shots which is a good sign.
He praised Stokes and Samson fiercely, saying, ‘Ben is a world class player, he plays the right shot, is able to hit the ball everywhere and does his job with the ball as well. He is one of the best players in the world. Sanju made a great start to the tournament but could not score runs in the middle matches but it happens in T20 cricket.
Smith also admitted that his team had the advantage of winning the toss, while Punjab captain Rahul said that he had to bear the brunt of it as the pitch became much easier to bat on.