Ajinkya Rahane set the record straight and asked his batsmen to take responsibility for the loss. @AFP

Ajinkya Rahane set the record straight and asked his batsmen to take responsibility after Rajasthan lost their third consecutive match in the Indian T20 League 2019 after being beaten by Chennai at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on Sunday.

MS Dhoni-led Chennai, meanwhile, completed a hat-trick of wins with an eight-run win against Rahane and Co. (ALSO READ: Dhoni, Bravo keep Chennai’s winning streak intact despite Rajasthan’s late surge)

While Rajasthan, bowling first, started well, reducing Chennai to 27/3, Dhoni’s 46-ball 75-run (not out) innings and Dwayne Bravo’s three-run final over helped the defending champions seal a win.

Rahane, who is leading Rajasthan, said he was disappointed with his side’s third consecutive loss this season. He also said that Chennai bowled well and kept taking wickets, which eventually turned out to be a difference.

“Very disappointed. We started off really well in the first ten overs, but what cost us were the last five overs. When MS bats it is very difficult for the bowlers,” said Rahane.

“It was very hard for the bowlers to grip the ball after six overs, even the fast bowlers. But CSK bowled really well, they kept taking wickets,” added the Rajasthan skipper. (ALSO READ: IPL 2019: Ajinkya Rahane fined Rs 12 lakh for slow over-rate)

While the likes of Rahul Tripathi, Steve Smith, Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer chipped in with runs, Rahane, Jos Buttler and the last-match centurion Sanju Samson could not contribute with the bat. Rahane made it clear that the Rajasthan batting must take responsibility for the loss.

“As a batting unit we need to take the responsibility for this. We win as a team and we lose as a team. If we win the smaller moments in T20s we will do well. We have played well in the last three games and hopefully with some luck we’ll be able to turn it around,” concluded Rahane.

Brief Scores: Chennai 175/5 (MS Dhoni 75, Suresh Raina 32; Jofra Archer 2/17) beatRajasthan 167/8 (Ben Stokes 46, Rahul Tripathi 39; Imran Tahir 2/23) by eight runs.