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Steve Smith and Jofra Archer react as Rajasthan Royals are knocked out of IPL

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Steve Smith and Jofra Archer react as Rajasthan Royals are knocked out of IPL


Rajasthan Royals Steve Smith discussing his team’s elimination (Picture: IPL)

Steve Smith says there are a ‘couple of real positives’ for Rajasthan Royals to take from their ultimately ‘disappointing’ Indian Premier League campaign.

Rajasthan, who have not won the IPL since the inaugural competition in 2008, were knocked out of this year’s tournament after losing to Kolkata Knight Riders on Sunday.

Andrew McDonald’s side have shown glimpses of their potential throughout the tournament – with Jofra Archer and Rahul Tewatia impressing – but lost eight of their 14 group matches.

Rajasthan Royals will finish bottom of IPL 2020 unless Sunrisers Hyderabad suffer a heavy defeat in their must-win match against Mumbai Indians on Tuesday.

Speaking after Rajasthan’s 60-run defeat to Kolkata Knight Riders, Australia star Smith said: ‘It’s an unfortunate way to end.

‘We started the tournament off really well but lost our way in the middle. Our batters, the top four or five didn’t take responsibility.

‘There’s a couple of real positives. Jofra has been exceptional pretty much every game and Tewatia obviously pulled a few rabbits out of the hat throughout the tournament.

‘But there hasn’t been enough support for those guys.’

Rajasthan head coach McDonald added: ‘We’ve played inconsistent cricket throughout the tournament.

‘We had opportunities in a couple of games but couldn’t get over the line. Today summed it up for us.

Jofra Archer was brilliant for the Royals (Picture: Getty)

‘Jofra was outstanding. His economy rates and ability to take wickets was great. He just keeps getting better and it’s scary to think how good he could be going forward.

‘We’ve been inconsistent at critical times and that’s cost us any chance of a place in the semi-finals. It’s frustrating because we know we’re good enough but history will say we missed out.’

Despite Rajasthan’s struggles, England World Cup hero Archer enjoyed a brilliant IPL campaign, taking 20 wickets in 14 matches at an economy rate of just 6.5.

Taking to social media after the Royals were knocked out, Archer said the team would ‘come back stronger’.

Meanwhile, Kings XI Punjab have also fallen short of a play-off place after losing to Chennai Super Kings.

Captain KL Rahul said: ‘We didn’t have the results going our way in the first half of the tournament. The team still felt like we were playing good cricket.

‘But we were patchy. The bowling and batting wasn’t coming together in the first half, so I’m proud that we improved.

‘It is disappointing because we had a lot of games in our pockets and we couldn’t get over the line and we only have ourselves to blame.’

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