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Disappointing to not score on a good track: Voges

Scorchers’ top-scorer against Royals talks about nine-wicket loss

The Perth Scorchers were run over by the Rajasthan Royals at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium on Sunday evening. From the toss to the result, nothing went the Scorchers’ way as they were skittled out for 120. After a couple of early losses, Simon Katich and Adam Voges looked to revive their team’s innings but once the blossoming stand was halted, wickets fell in a heap again. Voges who was done in by a slower ball from Kevon Cooper was the top-scorer in the line-up with 27 runs.

Outplayed by the hosts, Voges said that his team would look at the loss as an experience and play for pride in their fourth and final game of the Group stage against the Mumbai Indians at the Ferozeshah Kotla Stadium.

Excerpts from his interview:

How do you look back at this loss?

We were a long way short of par with the bat. To score only 120 was pretty disappointing on good wicket. We just lost too many wickets during that middle period and never really got any partnerships going. So that was disappointing. And then their batsmen never had to get beyond the second gear tonight. So yes, it was disappointing.

With one more match left, against the Mumbai Indians, what have you learnt so far in this tournament?

It is a great experience. We have got a young group here, we have got guys who have never played here before and so they are always learning. So that’s obviously really important. We have plenty of pride to play for. We don’t want to go away without a win. It’s going to be a tough ask against the Mumbai Indians, we understand that. But we will be making sure we do everything possible to try and knock them off on Wednesday.

Does playing against spin remain a concern?

This wicket didn’t really turn that much tonight either. We are working extremely hard and training hard ewe just got to put that out in the middle. It is a learning experience for these guys and they will be better cricketers for it.

Does the toss make a difference while playing under lights, and especially when dew could be a factor?

The Rajasthan Royals know the conditions very well and they have made this a bit of fortress over the last year or so. It is always going to be tough to play against them on their home ground. If we had won the toss, I am not sure what we were going to do. But if we get only 120 on the board, we are going to be struggling anyway.

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