Rajasthan Royals

IPL2022 on 15-05-2022

Rajasthan Royals (RR) with 178 runs for the loss of 6 wickets, managed to beat the Lucknow Super giants (LSG) who made 154 runs for the loss of 8 wickets.

The RR team has four No. 11,s in the line-up. Each of these, including Trent Bout could make a contribution that was ‘match winning’. This takes the team closer to the play-offs of the IPL2022.

The LSG team was beaten hollow, and probably these 2 teams will be meeting in the ‘knock-out’ matches. This win is going to be carried forward.

The Promise of the RR Team

Yashavi Jaiswal managed to live-up to the ‘young batter with the power game’ concept. He managed to make 41 runs off 29 balls. He was also beaten by Avesh Khan at one point, but in the next over he managed to put his foot down.

In an over by Dushmantha Chameera he hit a 6 into the crowd. This over worked out costly of 21 runs.

Different Options

This game seemed to be one of ‘punch and counter-punch’.

The LSG team had multiple options. Samson fell to Jason Holder after 5 balls after he had pwned Bishnoi.

Devdutt Paddikkal, who came next, managed to hit 5 in 10 balls to the boundary. Only after one ball Jaiswal was dismissed by Ayush Badoni.

A botched try and a ‘mix-up’ by a batter who is less recognized, sacrificed the wicket. This left Boult and Ashwin with 14 balls remaining. They managed 26 runs in these 14 balls.

Boult the ‘Lightning’

Boult + a Brabourne pitch offering movement = Sheer Magic.

In the 3rd over the RR team’s phenom of new-ball managed to take 2 wickets. Badoni was lbw and Quinton de Kock was caught.

Rahul was taken out from the other end by Prasidh Krishna. He managed to cramp the batter for any room.

The LSG team depended on their captain in most of their games and he was gone with 14.3 over’s left to play.

Chahal v/s Hooda

The LSG team seemed to be on the mat with 34 runs for the loss of 3 wickets in the powerplay. In 8 overs they hit only 5 boundaries. The RR team seemed to be squeezing their life. This was due to Obed McCoy and Ashwin.

Deepak Hooda, who made 59 runs off 39 balls, attempted to break out of the choking. He tried doing this against Yuzvendra Chahal, who is considered to be the ‘highest’ wicket taker in this tournament.

The game seemed to be over but this ‘head-to-head’ was simmering.

Hooda should have been dominating in this tournament, but most of the time his decision have let him down. With the LSG team he was given the responsibility of taking charge as the No.3 batter. He tried his level best here but seemed to give up finally. He tried to charge at Chahal in the 16th over, but was stumped. Everyone seemed to follow the motions after this dismissal.

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