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Kevin admits error

Shane Watson was out with a niggle, but that had no effect whatsoever on Rajasthan Royals’ performance. Putting up a clinical show, the Royals thrashed the bottom-placed Delhi DareDevils by 62 runs at the Motera, on Thursday, to bring up their seventh win in the ongoing IPL.

Led by Steven Smith, the Royals rode the efforts of Ajinkya Rahane, Sanju Samson and Kevon Cooper to put up a daunting 201 for six before restricting the DareDevils to a modest 139 for nine.

“It was a clinical performance... Simply outstanding,” said Smith at the post-match presentation ceremony.

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Steve Smith: It was simply an outstanding performance from our players today... I didn’t have to do anything, sit on the sidelines and just field… It was a perfect day. We would have batted on winning the toss as the pitch would slow up as the match progressed. Our execution was perfect as the bowlers bowled to the field and according to plan. It was a clinical performance all round.

Kevin Pietersen: I hold my hand up and say I got the toss wrong. I think we should’ve batted first. Definitely, it got a lot, lot slower batting on that wicket in the second innings. We are trying a lot of things. They are just not going according to plan at the moment. What matters is how you are able to execute the things.

We are not here to blame anybody. We are just not hitting our straps at the moment. It’s a young squad we got and we need to look to perform a lot better next year. We are going to target the next season and get better… We just got to keep getting things right.

Ajinkya Rahane (MoM): I really enjoyed batting on this wicket. After the first six overs, the wicket became slightly slow. That said, I really enjoyed my batting. We didn’t talk about targets during time out. We were just focused on playing a positive game and wanted to back ourselvs.

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