TIL Desk Sports/ Blaming the batters for their six-wicket loss to Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in a crucial Indian Premier League (IPL) encounter, Rajasthan Royals skipper Ajinkya Rahane said he still believes his team can make the playoffs despite the odds.
Royals, placed fourth in the points table with 12 points from 13 outings, take on resurgent Royal Challengers Bangalore in their final fixture.
Not only do they need to win the game, they also need favours from other teams to keep Kings XI Punjab and Mumbai Indians — both vying for a playoff spot along with RCB with a game in hand — at bay.
Royals’ job would have been easier had they won against KKR at the Eden Gardens on Tuesday. But a sensational batting collapse coupled with Kuldeep Yadav (4/20)’s brilliance undid them.
“We lost because of our batting, even in the tournament we did not bat that well. Except Jos Buttler… his consistency was good to see. So many things the boys can learn from him. We thought 175-180 was a par score on this wicket,” Rahane said at the post match press conference.