Warne laments Royals failure
The Rajasthan Royals failed to qualify for the semifinals after their four-wicket defeat to Kolkata Knight Riders today, but captain Shane Warne felt his side played "fantastic cricket" and would bow out of the IPL with their heads held high.
"We played fantastic cricket throughout the tournament. We were one of the best sides of the IPL though we lost the last two matches and failed to make it to semifinals," Warne said after the match.
"Our fans must be disappointed. Munaf Patel, Ravindra Jadeja, Amit Singh and other youngsters played well in the tournament and today also we showed a lot of character hanging around till the end," he added.
Asked what went wrong today, Warne admitted his side did not have enough score on board to defend with the top order failing to deliver.
"We did not have the runs to defend, there was too many failures among the top order batsmen. But we hung on and kept Kolkata under pressure in their run chase. We showed lots of character but Kolkata played really well under pressure to win the match," he said.