Rajasthan Royals team principal Kumar Sangakkara has said one of the top four in his batting lineup will need to score big for the team to bounce back from their current slump.
Rajasthan have won only one victory in four matches so far. The most recent debacle came against the Royal Challengers Bangalore on Thursday night as they lost 10 wickets in a lopsided contest.
RR set a goal of 178 for RCB, whose forerunners Devdutt Padikkal (101) and Virat Kohli (72) brought their team home in just 16.3 overs.
“… You see the capacity, you just have to build those partnerships and one of the top four they need to get a big score,” Sangakkara said in the post-match press conference.
The top four RRs include big hitters like Jos Buttler, skipper Sanju Samson and David Miller. The team, however, struggled on the power play again and were reduced to 32 for 3 in the first six overs.
If it hadn’t been for the counterattacks from Shivam Dube (46 out of 32 balls) and Rahul Tewatia (40 out of 23 balls), RR would not have been able to show 177.
“We have to beat smart in the power play and maintain these partnerships and one or two have to score those big scores. Unfortunately, today we did not succeed, ”said Sagakkara.
“Middle order and lower middle order fought really well and it was pretty impressive to watch.”
Versatile Dube and Tewatia shared nine fours and four sixes.
“I think Shivam hit really well and showed a lot more intensity and awareness than in the other three games.”
“… (We) have to combine good performance with the stick, not just the ball and support it with very good fielding,” he said.
“… You have to be a lot better at executing your game plans and keep that confidence and that confidence… It’s only been four games, but you know, games can go by pretty quickly, so we have some. a lot to think about, ”he explained.
The former Sri Lankan skipper praised Padikkal, who smashed 11 four and six highs in his first century with 52 balls.
“I thought it was an exceptional round… he kind of anticipated some of the deliveries that were going to be played with the fields defined,” Sangakkara said.