Rajasthan Royals
Rajasthan Royals. (Photo Source: IPL/BCCI)

Rajasthan Royals held their nerves to register a three-run win over Lucknow Super Giants in Match 20 of IPL 2022 at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on April 10. Defending a non-challenging total on a good batting surface, the RR bowlers put the brakes on LSG’s pace to derail their run chase.

After being asked to bat first by the LSG captain KL Rahul, Openers Jos Buttler and Devdutt Padikkal added 42 runs, but once they were dismissed, the Royals started losing wickets at regular intervals. At one stage, it looked like they would restrict Rajasthan to a fighting total of 165/6 before West Indies sensation Shimron Hetmyer’s stormy knock of 59 not out off 36 balls.

LSG decline despite Marcus Stoinis fears

In reply, Lucknow got off to a poor start, losing captain Rahul for a golden duck and pinch-hitter Krishnappa Gowtham soon followed. Wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock then went after the bowlers and single-handedly chased after running out of partners at the other end. He was dismissed by Yuzvendra Chahal for 39 off 32 balls in the 16th over and it looked like LSG would lose their way.

star all-rounder Marcus Stoinis Then displayed his power-hitting abilities and reduced the target, but with absolutely no support from the other end, he failed to complete the job as he remained unbeaten on 38 off 17 balls.

Losing captain KL Rahul said:

“I didn’t see it (the ball that he got from Boult), if I had I could have done something about it. He has to give. Good ball. We have a good team and we have bat and ball There are enough options from us. In the U.S., it was great for Stoinis to bring it close and doing so in his first game of the season would boost his confidence. It was always a plan (to catch Stoinis back), we know how dangerous he was in the last five overs. Maybe. Like I said, we have so many all-rounders, so many options and so we can tweak the batting order a little bit. We like to be a little unpredictable. Such totals can be a bit tricky at times Well, the plan was to throw the bowlers a bit off their length but that didn’t happen. But we are a team that will continue to try to be unpredictable in the coming matches as well. Gee. We couldn’t execute our plans in the end, yorkers and other plans. Today’s batsmen will put you in trouble if you miss your plans. We will try to work harder and handle the pressure better. A bad game won’t change things, it will be a good lesson for us.”

The winning captain Sanju Samson said:

“Feeling good (being on top of the table). It depends on how he has bowled his first three overs. Felt that he has done well and he (talking about Kuldeep Sen) is confident that he will execute his wide yorker which he has been working in the off-season. Saw him in Syed Mushtaq and he was doing his wide yorker. (Boult) came up to me before the first ball, told me ‘Sanju’s plan changed, I’m going around the wicket, and going straight to his feet and hit that bowling’. It’s fun to be around and his skills are commendable. The conversations (with Hetmyer) are ‘have you eaten, have you slept well and are you happy’, that’s it. He has experience, in fact he has a great understanding of cricket. is working great for us. It is about Rajasthan Royals (Ashwin’s retirement). We keep trying different things. Talking about it before the season. We thought that if some situation arises, we can use it. It was the team’s decision. Chahal is such a player who can be given the ball anytime in 1-20 overs. He is the greatest legspinner, if I can say that India is currently seen. Thought why not use it more in the end when the pressure is high.”

Player of the Match Yuzvendra Chahal said:

“Supported myself. My main strength is my mind. I didn’t want to deviate from what I usually do. I was always ready to bowl any time from 1-20 overs. De Kock’s wicket Enjoyed the most. He could have changed the game. Saw him exit, had an intuition that he would come again (Badoni). Widened it. Don’t think too much about my bad games.”

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