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IPL 2020: RR captain Steve Smith speaks after defeat, ‘Some of our players understood Dubai to be Sharjah.’

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IPL 2020: Rajasthan Royals had an honest start by winning the first two matches but failed to put up a hat-trick of victories on Wednesday. They suffered a defeat by 37 runs at the hands of Kolkata Knight Riders.

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Royals faced the hands of Kolkata Knight Riders in Dubai on Wednesday after winning the opening two matches of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020. Rajasthan Royals (RR) won the toss and decided to bowl first and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) made a strong score of 174 runs for six wickets. However Rajasthan Royals (RR) could only make 137 runs for nine wickets. After the match, Royals captain Steve Smith was asked if choosing to bat first was better than bowling,
to which smith replied “Some of our batsmen were probably thinking they were still playing in Sharjah.” It’s noteworthy that Rajasthan Royals played their last two matches in Sharjah, which can be a smaller field as compared to Dubai. Also the pitch is simply too easy to bat and enormous shots are often played easily.

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“The straight field is extremely big,” Smith said, comparing the two plains. We didn’t see too many balls stepping into that direction. Smith admitted that his team couldn’t coordinate with the ground. “We weren’t able to keep pace with the wicket and thus the dimensions of the ground,” he said. We also missed some important catches.

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On the change within the team, Smith said he would inspect it at the moment. “We got to see what our greatest playing eleven are often for under these circumstances,” he said.’

Smith was out in the match by his compatriot bowler Pat Cummins. He got out in his first over. He said, “It wasn’t really a match. Continuing, he said, “I spoke to Cummins that in the nets, usually I put big shots on such balls. Today he bowled great.

 

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