RR vs MI, IPL 2021 – ‘The fault lies more with us than the pitch’

Relay Sharjah pitch throws tough questions for batsmen, but Royals’ shot selection and adaptability still need to be review

The last team to taste Sharjah’s new pitch this season was the Rajasthan Royals, and they couldn’t handle it well: 90 for their wicket against Mumbai Indians is now the second lowest score in IPL history.

Sharjah was the field where the teams went and scored over 200 last season. The Royals have very good memories of themselves, especially Rahul Tewatia’s innings. There were plans for a complete change when he went to Sharjah last season

Of the seven matches Sharjah has played so far – and three more remaining, two play-offs – just two have more than 140 scores. Only three of the 14 innings have taken less than six wickets and the Punjab Kings have defended 125 in their second match of the season.

The Royals failed to adapt after a flying chase against the Chennai Super Kings in their last match in Abu Dhabi and head coach Kumar Sangakkara said it was not a perfect pitch, the Royals’ batting was bad.

“These types of pitches are challenging and it’s about adapting to your game and being smart in it. We talked about the Sharjah wicket before the game, what the bowlers have to do, what the batsmen have to do,” he said. “The first six overs will be easy and then it’s a matter of building a platform … to get about 15 overs with wickets in hand so that we can use the back-end. Length, your cross-seam hit, sharp cutter in the pitch.

“But you know on pitches like this, it’s not only your skills, it’s your flexibility and your mood, so sometimes playing on pitches like this is not a bad idea .It’s the biggest tee in terms of runs. It’s an experience, so it remains to be seen whether they [T20] will play in the World Cup [IPL]. What will happen after that? [How will you perform for the UAE and Oman? ”

The Royals went into play with a straight playoff route on paper: they had to win the last two matches and could do that. But the game started after losing the toss, which Sangakkara said was against him. After the match, captain Sanju Samson also mentioned that batting becomes much easier in the second innings. Sharjah’s lowest wicket fall in this episode was all successful chase and Mumbai’s run rate on Tuesday was far from the next fastest.

However, the Royals’ lack of adaptability during the innings stood out badly with their three foreign batsmen – Evin Lewis, Glenn Phillips and David Miller – all trying to play across the line, which was lowered, and Samson and Shivam Dubey dropped their bodies. Effort ignores something equal to toss. The Royals fell to 50 for five in four overs giving 41 runs in four overs, without losing a single run off 79 balls in one leg. He scored only 33 runs in ten overs after the power play.

“You can probably say that,” Sangakkara said of influencing the toss result. “We haven’t played here in Sharjah before, and looking at the other games, the night feels a little better. And maybe today there was a little bit more speed. But once we had only 90 on the board, it was really hard when you had this amazing powerplay with wickets and very few runs. There is.

“The important part for us was that we were 42 [41] for 1 after the Powerplay, and then we had plans to go ahead with at least seven wickets from the 13th-14th over. So we were really a bowler. We had to hit one or two targets. And can make that stage in the 15th over. More than a pitch or pitch toss. “

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