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Credit to bowlers, should have batted better: Rahane

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55   //    12 Apr 2019, 08:36 IST
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Jaipur: Rajasthan Royals skipper Ajinkya Rahane in action during the 25th match of IPL 2019 between Rajasthan Royals and Chennai Super Kings at Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur on April 11, 2019. (Photo: IANS)

Jaipur, April 12 (IANS) Having made a game out of a small total, Rajasthan Royals skipper Ajinkya Rahane praised his boys despite the four-wicket loss to Chennai Super Kings and said that he wouldn't have done anything differently.

Even though Ben Stokes gave away 18 runs off the last over, the captain stood by his bowlers for stretching the game till the last ball.

"I don't think so (when asked if he'd have done anything differently). Credit to our bowlers, on that wicket I thought 150 was low. We should have batted better, on that wicket -- 170 would have been very good. We feel disappointed.

"It was about having the belief. We knew that if we take wickets in the powerplay, we'll be in the game. Fielding will be crucial, we did that pretty well," he explained.

Even though the Royals ended on the losing side, Rahane said that there was a lot of positives. But he also warned that the players have to come out all guns blazing in the remaining games.

"Lots to improve upon in the last 5-6 games. I'm sure the guys will take it on and learn from these mistakes. Sanju (Samson) was back and that was a plus point. Jaydev (Unadkat) was bowling really well. Prayag did really well in his first game. We got to find the balance right, depending on the conditions. I still feel you need to win crunch situations in T20 format," he pointed out.

Asked about how he was enjoying his own role as captain, Rahane said: "I'm really enjoying my role -- lot to learn as well. This is a challenge for me. It's about taking step by step. As a captain, it's a different challenge altogether, but I'm enjoying it."

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