Kumar Sangakkara, Director of Cricket at Rajasthan Royals, praised his players for their 'phenomenal' performance despite their failure to reach the Indian Premier League final. RR suffered a 36-run loss to Sunrisers Hyderabad in sweltering conditions at the MA. Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai, India on Friday.

Speaking about the season, Sangakkara reflected, 'I think it was a great season for us. We started really well and then we lost a close game to SRH in Hyderabad and in Delhi also we put ourselves in winning positions. Sometimes you have streaks, RCB lost almost every game at the start and then caught up. That's how T20 goes. All we can do is put ourselves in positions of playoffs and vying for finals which we did.'

He further commended the team, stating, 'I think all the guys throughout the season played really phenomenal cricket. There was a little bit of fatigue of course at the back end but it doesn't really matter when you're in games like this, you gotta just turn up and perform.'

Sunrisers will face Kolkata Knight Riders in the final at Chepauk on Sunday.