On the second ball of the 17th over of RR innings, the ball slipped out of the hand of Sam Curran. It went high in the air, and towards the fine leg region. Glenn Phillips, playing in his debut IPL game, ran after the ball, hoping to hit it over the boundary line.
However, the New Zealand batsman couldn’t reach it in time as it landed well behind him, close to the short fine leg fielding position. This left the commentators and fans in splits. Phillips managed a smile as the umpire deemed this ball from Sam Curran as a no-ball.
Sam Curran was seen roughing up his hand on the pitch – an indication of the presence of dew in the ground. The Englishman himself also had a sheepish smile on his face.
Rajasthan gun down the target of 190 with ease
A daunting target of 190 was made seem rather small by Yashasvi Jaiswal and Shivam Dube.
Chasing 190, Rajasthan Royals got off to a blazing start by openers Yashasvi Jaiswal and Evin Lewis. Jaiswal stroked Josh Hazlewood for three fours in the second over before Lewis attacked Sam Curran and Shardul Thakur taking a four and a six off each bowler.
Then, Jaiswal rained down on Hazlewood – the young opener smacked the lanky Australian for three sixes and a boundary in the fifth over to bring up his fifty from 19 balls.
Thakur got CSK’s first breakthrough in the form of Evin Lewis who departed after scoring 27 runs off 12 balls. RR, though, had an incredible powerplay finishing at a high on 81/1. On the first ball after the powerplay, pacer KM Asif, playing in his first game of the season, managed to dismiss the high-flying Jaiswal.
Shivam Dube didn’t let CSK build upon those wickets as he launched Ravindra Jadeja and Moeen Ali for three sixes, before taking his assault to Sam Curran and Hazlewood to bring the required rate under 6 runs per over, bringing up his fifty off 31 balls. On the other end, Sanju Samson played the second fiddle on the other end, rotating the strike nicely while also hitting occasional boundaries.
The Samson-Dube 89-run stand from 58 balls was broken by Thakur, dismissing the RR skipper for 28. Glenn Phillips and Dube took RR over the line further unscathed.