In the next over, skipper Steve Smith tried to slog every ball against his Aussie teammate Pat Cummins and even survived a dropped catch before being dismissed for 3. Shivam Mavi, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, and mystery spinner Varun Chakravarthy then claimed two wickets each to derail Royals’ chase Ipl schedule 2021.
“We actually play a certain brand of cricket. Today, we continued to play that as a batting line-up,” Uthappa said.
The Royals’ meek surrender came on the back of their highest tournament chase of 224 runs against Kings XI Punjab.
“We chased a big score in the last game. Obviously, there’s a lot of confidence coming in from that game. Also, we felt that the wicket will play well.
“Maybe we could have taken a little bit more time to adjust to the pace of the wicket and then taking the attack to the bowlers,” he said.
Uthappa said the wicket had slowed down because the same strip a couple of days ago had hosted the Royal Challengers and Mumbai Indians match that the former won in the Super Over finish.
“It was a used wicket – the game that RCB played against Mumbai Indians, I think it’s the same wicket that we played on, so stopping a bit.”
“I think it’s a good learning experience. So moving forward, I think this learning will hold us in good stead. Our performance will only climb from here on him,” he said.
Rajasthan Royals will next face Royal Challengers Bangalore in Abu Dhabi on Saturday.