Inspirational Rajasthan Royals captain Shane Warne on Friday blamed inexperience and bad luck for his side's humiliating nine-wicket loss against Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League in Jaipur.
After two easy wins over Deccan Chargers and Delhi Daredevils, Rajasthan was mauled by Knight Riders at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium.
"We couldn't execute our plans and luck too was not in our favour. A few edges could have flown straight to fielders. A little inexperience, like Nayan Doshi running into the circle too cost us dearly," Warne said.
He said slow batting in the middle overs let the side down.
"We were bogged in the middle overs and perhaps landed 15 runs short. But a score of 159 was at par with our expectations but I thought 15 more were possible," the former Australian leg-spinner said.
"Our plan was to get (Shane) Watson and (Ross) Taylor out there around the 12th over after laying down a decent base. But Watson got bogged down a bit," added Warne, who is also the coach of Rajasthan outfit.
Warne also defended his decision to pick Botha ahead of tear away pacer Shaun Tait.
"Anybody can select a better team after the match but we had certain plans which did not come off today. This can happen in Twenty20 cricket," he insisted.