Rajasthan Royals captain Steve Smith‘s return to kind with the bat on Saturday was overshadowed by a blinder of a knock from Royal Challengers Bangalore’s AB de Villiers to take the sport away from the Australian’s group on the Dubai Worldwide Stadium.
“Positive is a tough tablet to swallow. Simply bought AB’d there. That was a reasonably particular innings on a sluggish wicket. We performed for a majority of that sport so, that is two in a row we had been within the field seat to win however did not. Disappointing,” he mentioned after the match.
Chasing a goal of 178, which RR set due to Smith’s 57, RCB had been chasing an more and more steep required run price till de Villiers turned it round within the final two overs. He completed the sport unbeaten on 55 off 22 balls.
“I assumed (the whole) was fairly good on a sluggish wicket. I assumed we constructed the strain fairly effectively and it took a reasonably particular innings to take RCB residence,” mentioned Smith.
Jaydev Unadkat, who bowled the penultimate over of the match, bore the brunt of de Villiers’ assault because the South African smashed three consecutive sixes off the primary three balls of the over.
“We needed to make use of Jaydev to the larger boundary, he bowls numerous slower stuff into the wicket. Clearly the boundary was not sufficiently big for AB. There was a thought as effectively to attempt to use Jofra however I went the opposite method and that did not work,” mentioned Smith.