Sanju Samson-led Rajasthan Royals pulled off an amazing victory over Lucknow Super Giants by just 3 runs here on Sunday at Wankhede Stadium. RR have been defending well this season ad they have all three of their games defending the target.
The catalyst for them was Yuzvendra Chahal who picked up 41-4. He Was praised by Sanju Samson after the game. His economy might be on the higher side but he picked up crucial wickets in the game.
Rajasthan Royals Were Behind for the most part In The First Innings
For the most part of the 1st innings, it looked like RR were down and out as they had lost 4 wickets for 80 off runs. But Ravichandran Ashwin and Shimron Hetmyer had a good little partnership in the middle which brought things back on track for RR. Hetmyer then unleashed his power-hitting abilities in the last couple of overs to power RR to a competitive total of 165 runs.
In bowling, Trent Boult gave them a brilliant start as he picked two wickets in his very first over.
After the fall of 3 wickets inside the powerplay, Deepak Hooda and Quinton de Kock then tried to resurrect the innings but Hooda in pursuit of a big shot against debutant Kuldeep Sen lost his wicket in the 9th over.
LSG couldn’t recover from the early jolts as they kept losing wickets in the middle overs as the required run rate was piling up all the time. Stoinis in the end tried his best but couldn’t take his team over the line.
Sanju Samson was a happy captain as he after the game admitted that he did not know his team is now at the top of the table. In the post-match presentation, he said: “Feels good to be top of the table.”
On giving Kuldeep Sen the last over the game who was playing his first game of the tournament, Samson said: “Depends on how he has bowled his first three overs. Got the feeling that he has done well and he is confident (talking about Kuldeep Sen) to go and execute his wide yorker which he has been working on in the offseason. Saw him in Syed Mushtaq and he was nailing his wide yorkers.”
When asked about the performance of Trent Boult, he revealed that: Boult Came to me before the first ball, told me ‘Sanju change of plan, I’m going to go around the wicket, and going straight in his legs and hit that bowled’. Funny to be around and his skills are commendable.”
On Yuzvendra Chahal’s brilliant performance with the ball, he said: “Chahal is someone who can be given the ball anytime from overs 1-20. He’s the greatest legspinner if I can say, that India’s seen in the present. Thought why not use him more at the end when the pressure is more.”
RR batters did not have the kind of game they would have liked but regardless their bowlers did the job for them.