Mohali: After suffering another crushing defeat in the Indian Premier League, Rajasthan Royals skipper Shane Warne said the "horror start" never allowed them to make a comeback in the match.
Royals were chasing 196 for win but all they could manage was 147 for seven in 20 overs as they suffered early setbacks. "We thought they could score 220-230, but in the end we did well to pull them back. But we had horror start," Warne said at the post-match press conference.
Warne said it was the top-order that failed to click and felt that they need to sort out batting in the first six overs.
He though praised the way Stuart Binny (30) and Ashok Menaria (34) played after the main batsmen got out. Warne also said the team had to pay for not having the wickets of rival skipper Adam Gilchrist and his opening partner Paul Valthaty, because the bowlers got them out on no-balls.
"You just can't bowl no balls. You just can't give second chance to batsmen like Gilchrist and Paul. It was lucky for them, but unlucky for us," the 41-year-old Warne said. He praised compatriot Shaun Marsh (71) for playing a match-winning knock and saw him as a bright prospect for Australia.
Having played fourth game in a week's time, Warne said that hectic scheduling was part of the modern-day cricket. Meanwhile, Shaun Marsh said that the team had been working hard to achieve success.
"It's a great feeling," he said and praised the way Gilchrist has been leading the team. "Gilchrist is a great leader, we are lucky to have him as leader," Marsh said.
Praising the way Gilchrist and Valthaty gave a rollicking start to the innings, he said, "having good starts helps me batting at number three position. It takes the pressure off me."