Mumbai: Disappointed after Rajasthan Royals lost the last available IPL play-off berth to title-holders Mumbai Indians on net run-rate, team mentor Rahul Dravid said his bowlers failed to execute the plans well in the exhilarating contest here.
“It was pretty disappointing to finish like this. But credit to them. They batted really well. To chase 190 in 14.3 overs, in fact make 195 in 14.3 overs, is a phenomenal achievement. It was a good wicket, but we failed to execute our plans. We did not bowl to our plan,” said the former India skipper at the post-match press conference at the Wankhede Stadium.
According to Dravid, there was a period of less than two overs when the game swung in favour of Mumbai, who won by five wickets in 14.4 overs with Aditya Tare dispatching James Faulkner for a six over square leg.
“They had a batsman in red hot form (Corey Anderson who made 95 not out in 44 balls) who kept connecting. We could not bowl a couple of good overs.
“If we had given away 7-8 or even 10 runs, the game would have gone out of (their) hand, but they kept getting 15-16 an over, and stayed in the game.
“After Rohit (Sharma) got out and when (Ambati) Rayudu and Anderson batted, there was a period of 12-15 balls when we suddenly gave away 50 runs. That was critical. We could have bowled a couple of better overs. But the boys tried their best.”