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IPL 2018: Batsmen must take blame, says Rahane after defeat to KKR

India Today logo India Today 16-05-2018 Jepher Christopher Nickels
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Rajasthan Royals skipper Ajinkya Rahane was left a disappointed captain after their three-match winning streak was ended by Kolkata Knight Riders at the Eden Gardens on Tuesday.

Put in to bat, Rajasthan Royals were off to a fiery start thanks to a 63-run stand between openers Rahul Tripathi (27) and Jos Buttler (39) in 4.5 overs.

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The two batsmen clobbered 10 consecutive boundaries, including 28 by Buttler off pacer Shivam Mavi in the third over.

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However, Royals slowed down after Tripathi's wicket and once Kuldeep Yadav was introduced in the eighth over it was only downslide for the visitors.

Kuldeep finished with his career-best Indian Premier League figures of 4/20 as Royals crashed to 142 in 19 overs.

"The intent was positive (from the team). Jos (Buttler) and Tripathi batted really well and when I went in I just wanted to carry the momentum forward. Jos was batting really well and it's not just up to him all the time. Batsmen will have to take responsibility. We have to blame all the batsmen and we lost because we played badly," Rahane said after the match.

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In reply, KKR were off to a blistering start before Ben Stokes (3/15) put brakes on the scoring with wickets of Sunil Narine (21) and Robin Uthappa (4).

Ish Sodhi (1/21) too proved to be lethal with his leg-spin bowling but Chris Lynn (45) and Dinesh Karthik (41 not out) saw off his threatening spell and guided the home side to victory.

"I felt our bowlers bowled really well. 170-180 would have been very good. We still have a chance. We have to learn from this game and move forward. We know how the wicket will play in Jaipur, so we have got to learn and move forward," Rahane said.

The Royals skipper admitted the team will miss the services of Stokes and Buttler in the remaining part of the tournament.

"We will definitely miss Jos and Stokes but as a cricketer I really feel happy for Jos that he has been picked in the Test squad. As a player you feel really happy when you are to play the Test matches," he said.

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