LSG vs RR: After a fantastic performance from Shimron Hetmyer and Yuzvendra Chahal, Rajasthan Royals went to the top of the points table with a three-run win over Lucknow Super Giants. As LSG slid out of the top four, RR picked up their third win in four games and went from fifth to first. In the penultimate over of the match, R Ashwin intentionally retired to allow other finishers to offer a late surge.
LSG vs RR: Padikkal applies pressure on to LSG
When RR was first introduced, he couldn’t fully put LSG under strain right away. To assist the side get off to a good start, Padikkal blasted a boundary on the first ball of the innings, while Jos Buttler hit a four and a six on the second. On the fourth ball of the game, Padikkal was called lbw, but the decision was overturned due to a small edge. In the fourth over, he hit two successive boundaries before being dismissed after Ravi Bishnoi squandered a simple chance.
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LSG vs RR: LSG catches upon the pressure
In the first ten overs, LSG raced into the game, putting RR on the back foot. In the sixth over, Avesh Khan bowled Buttler, Sanju Samson was bowled by Jason Holder, and K Gowtham bowled a double-wicket over in the tenth over to reduce RR to 67 for 4. In the death overs, R Ashwin was elevated to No. 6 to allow Riyan Parag to play a more offensive role. RR batted steadily and reached 133 for 4 in 18 overs, thanks to Ashwin and Shimron Hetmyer’s 68 off 51. That’s when something unexpected happened.
LSG vs RR: What went wrong for LSG?
The opening deliveries by the fiery Boult read Wicket, wide, and Wicket. This formation of deliveries sent shockwaves down the LSG batting side. The early wickets of skipper KL Rahul and Gowtham shocked them to the core. Jason Holder, who walked out at no.4 managed to score only 8 off 14 as LSG slipped to 14 for 3.
Deepak Hooda and Quinton de Kock made 39 to get LSG out of the pit and took the side past 50. They faced another bump past 100 where they lost 7 wickets for 107. Yuzvendra Chahal completed 150 scalps in IPL with his four wickets in the match and became the fifth-highest wicket-taker in the league.
LSG vs RR: After all, LSG lost by just 3 runs
They lost only by 3 runs indeed, kudos to the efforts of Marcus Stoinis. They required 34 in the final two overs and things got heated just when it was needed. The penultimate over was handed over to Prasidh Krishna and he was not able to handle the pressure. Kuldeep Sen was given the mission to defend just 15 against Stoinis. The pacer was able to mitigate the damage as he bowled three dots and conceded a four and a six in the final two balls to confirm a win for his side.
LSG vs RR: Brief scores
Brief scores: Rajasthan Royals 165/6 in 20 overs (Shimron Hetmyer 59*; K Gowtham 2-30) beat Lucknow Super Giants 162/8 in 20 overs (Quinton de Kock 39; Yuzvendra Chahal 4-41) by three runs.