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RR skipper Samson ‘shocked’ to see his team’s position on IPL 2023 points table

Rajasthan Royals (RR) finished their IPL 2023 league campaign with a win over Punjab Kings (PBKS) on Friday. The four-wicket win has allowed RR to stay alive in the IPL 2023 playoffs race, but only marginally.

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The team is currently in the fifth spot with 14 points, while Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) are fourth with 14 points and one game in hand.

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Rajasthan skipper Sanju Samson has expressed shock at his team finishing with only 14 points. Samson also spoke about his team’s inability to better their net run rate (NRR) over RCB (+0.180).

Chasing 188, RR got to the target with two balls to spare. They currently have an NRR of +0.148. Had they finished the game in the 19th over, they could have had a better NRR than RCB, which could become a deciding factor in the end.

“I think at the end of the game, when Hety (Hetmyer) was going strong we thought we will finish by 18.5,” Samson said after the match.

“We have a quality team and it is a little shocking to see where we stand on the table.”

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Samson also praised opener Yashasvi Jaiswal who made another fifty, scoring 50 off 36 balls.

“I have been talking about Jasiwal almost every game. He has shown maturity. It feels he has played 100 T20Is,” added Samson.

Shimron Hetmyer marshaled RR’s innings in the last part of the chase, scoring 46 off 28, but could not help his team finish the task before the last over.

“I was trying to see how fast we can get the game finished. I was actually trying to get the game finish in 18, but I guess I didn’t get enough of the strike to do that,” the West Indian said. “Had a little dip in the middle, but that’s how cricket goes sometimes.”

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