IPL 2018: ‘Rajasthan Royals must address slip catching issues’

Rajasthan Royals batting coach Amol Muzumdar has said the team needs to address its issue of slip catching after suffering a 11-run loss to Sunrisers Hyderabad in an IPL 2018 game at the Sawai Mansingh stadium on Sunday.

cricket Updated: Apr 29, 2018 22:06 IST
Siddharth Vishwanathan
Siddharth Vishwanathan
Hindustan Times, Jaipur
IPL 2018,Rajasthan Royals vs Sunrisers Hyderabad,Rajasthan Royals
Ajinkya Rahane-led Rajasthan Royals lost to Sunrisers Hyderabad by 11 runs in an IPL 2018 game at the Sawai Mansingh stadium on Sunday. (BCCI )

Rajasthan Royals batting coach Amol Muzumdar rued the team’s fielding effort after yet another shoddy display in the field in which they dropped catches which proved to be the difference in the team’s 11-run loss to Sunrisers Hyderabad at the Sawai Mansingh stadium on Sunday. (IPL 2018 FULL COVERAGE)

“It needs to be addressed and something we have to really look into. We have always said we want to field aggressively. That’s an area we can really improve because this is the third catch that has been dropped in the slip cordon,” Muzumdar said in the post-match press conference.

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In the Sunrisers Hyderabad innings, Rahul Tripathi at first slip dropped Kane Williamson on 11 off Jofra Archer and the skipper made them pay with a vital 63 to help Sunrisers Hyderabad reach 151/7. In the outfield, Ben Stokes dropped Alex Hales on 25 off Ish Sodhi. This is not the first time that Rajasthan Royals have been made to pay for their lapses in the field during the 2018 Indian Premier League.

In Rajasthan Royals’ first game of the tournament, Ajinkya Rahane dropped Shikhar Dhawan at slip and the left-hander went on to seal the game with an unbeaten fifty. Tripathi dropped Shane Watson in the Chennai Super Kings game and Watson made them pay with a match-winning ton.

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‘Big over did not come’

Sanju Samson and Rahane had put Rajasthan Royals on course with a 59-run stand for the second wicket. However, the wickets of Samson (40) and Ben Stokes (0) gave Sunrisers Hyderabad the opening and the bowlers conceded just three boundaries in the last eight overs. Despite Rahane’s first fifty in this edition, Rajasthan Royals could not get over the line.

“The game was within our reach all the time barring the last two, three overs. So we always felt that we’ll have that one big over. That didn’t come till the last over,” Muzumdar said.

First Published: Apr 29, 2018 22:06 IST