Royals’ match against Kings XI Punjab took place in Sharjah, which has shorter boundaries as compared to the Dubai International Cricket Stadium. Smith said a few players probably thought that the match was still being played at Sharjah.

The right-handed batsman also admitted that they lost early wickets, which could also be the reason for their defeat.

“Didn’t quite go as per the plan, but that happens in T20 cricket sometimes…We lost too many wickets upfront, a few of us probably thought we’re still playing at Sharjah. The far side is very big. We didn’t see too many balls go up above that fence there,” Smith said during the post-match presentation via host broadcaster Star Sports.

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