Rajasthan Royals (RR) opener Evin Lewis became the first IPL wicket of George Garton, who made his debut for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) on Wednesday in Dubai as wicketkeeper KS Bharat took a difficult catch.
On the first ball of the 12th over of RR’s innings, Evin Lewis mistimed a pull to a slower short delivery from the left-arm pacer. The ball took the top edge of the batsman’s willow and went high, swirling up in the air; Bharat called for it and managed to hold onto it to complete a good catch, giving RCB the wicket of the half-centurion.
Garton, the Englishman who came in place of Kyle Jamieson, was taken to the cleaners by Evin Lewis earlier in the game, but then managed to have the last laugh over the West Indian opener.
RR off to a flying start from openers, RCB bowlers pull things back
After being put in to bat first, RR openers Evin Lewis and Yashasvi Jaiswal got off to a flying start with both left-handers clattering fours and sixes around the ground. The West Indian, in particular, was imperious as he hammered 3 fours and 3 sixes to take RR to 56/0 at the end of the powerplay.
Jaiswal (31 off 22) then took over the mantle stroking a couple of fours and a maximum off Daniel Christian, before the bowler dismissed him. On the other end, Lewis brought up his fifty off 31 balls.
Sanju Samson joined in the fun with his first six off Yuzvendra Chahal to bring up RR’s 100 at the 11-over mark. George Garton, the debutant, returned to pick the wicket of Evin Lewis (58 off 37), before and Chahal accounted for Mahipal Lomror as RCB make a comeback in the game. At the time of writing, RR are 113/3 at the 13-over mark.