Rajasthan Royals captain Shane Watson takes blame for defeat against Chennai Super Kings

Rajasthan Royals skipper Shane Watson admitted that his team's batting performance in the seven-run loss to Chennai Super Kings was extremely disappointing.

updated: April 24, 2014 19:20 IST
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Rajasthan Royals skipper Shane Watson was more practical than critical when assessing his team's performance after a seven-run loss to Chennai Super Kings in Indian Premier League on Wednesday. While saying his team were exceptional in bowling, they could definitely improve on the batting. Both teams had won one match before the outing at Dubai. Watson did not shy away from his responsibilities, saying he also took blame for the loss. (Match report | Highlights | Pics)

After electing to bowl first, Rajasthan Royals had restricted the Chennai Super Kings to just 140/6 with the help of some great bowling from Rajat Bhatia and Pravin Tambe. However, when Rajasthan came out to bat, they panicked and could not get any partnership going as Ravindra Jadeja (4/36) kept striking at regular intervals. Although a couple of huge sixes from Bhatia and Dhawal Kulkarni made the match interesting for Rajasthan Royals in the end, they were never really in it once their innings started. (Schedule | Points Table)

"No doubt that it was a great bowling performance to restrict Chennai to 140. We were very specific in what we set out to do especially in the bowling. We executed things really well and I am really proud of how we improved on our performance against Kings XI Punjab in that aspect," said Watson in a post-match press conference. (Related watch: Royals gifted win to CSK, says Venkatesh Prasad)

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