Pune: Having cruised to a seven-wicket win against Pune Warriors India on Tuesday, Rajasthan Royals skipper Rahul Dravid said that he told his players to not look at the points table and concentrate on playing good cricket. "I've been telling the team to not look at the points table, and look to play good cricket," Dravid said after the match. "That's what we would look to do over the next four games," he added.
Rajasthan restricted Pune to 125 for 6 after the hosts elected to bat on a wicket Dravid termed as not an easy one to bat on. "It was not an easy wicket to bat on but [Shane] Watson had the power and technique to hit it," Dravid said in praise of the Australian who struck 90 off just 51 balls at the Subroto Roy Sahara stadium here. While Watson finished the job, the bowlers set it up for RR. "Happy about winning, and the way we are playing, I thought the bowlers really delivered for us, as clinical as it gets," Dravid said.
Pune skipper Sourav Ganguly rued the fact that they could not hit enough boundaries. "We were surprised we couldn't get the ball out of the park. [The score of] 140 could have been a good total on this wicket, but even then we had to get Watson out early. Unfortunately that did not happen," Ganguly said.
Dravid said that he told his players to not look at the points table and concentrate on playing good cricket.
He also admitted that they are now out of playoffs content_cnion. "We are out of the playoffs, and that is the fact. We have to play well in the remaining three."
Man-of-the-match Watson said he backed himself to do well on this wicket. "The wicket was a bit slow. I suppose it was my night tonight. I just back myself, I have a clear mind and try to hit straight. Initially, I was thinking of getting ahead of the rate so that it would get easy in the middle of the innings. I was a bit rusty after Test cricket, but it was better after a couple of practice sessions," Watson said.