Indian Premier League, 2022 |Match 39 |4/26/2022 Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune
Right then. That’s it from this contest. The action from the Indian T20 League continues on 27th April, where Gujarat will take on Hyderabad. The first ball will be bowled at 7:30 pm IST (2:00 pm GMT). But as you all know, you can join us in advance for the build-up. Till then, take care and goodbye!
Riyan Parag is the Player of the Match for his half-century and for his outstanding show on the field as well. He says there is satisfaction as the staff is backing them and he is paying it back. Adds that he loves pressure and it just gives him a chance to showcase his abilities. Tells that he had a chat with Sangakkara and they felt 140 was defendable and with catches, practicing has helped him to stay calm.
Sanju Samson the skipper of Rajasthan says that it's a really great win, after their 15 overs, Riyan Parag did well to guide them to a good total. Says that they have always backed Riyan and it was good for him to show the world his explosive batting. Mentions that they were 10-15 runs short, and he thinks 150/160 was a good score, and it was a two-paced wicket and there was no dew as well. Adds that they always knew they had batting till the end and they were waiting for something like this for the middle-order to step up. Says that the teams that are chasing 200 runs they come out with only one gear, but then when they are chasing a below-par total it's all about putting pressure.
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Kuldeep Sen is up for a chat. He says that he fell down in the nets and due to that, he missed out in between. Adds that he was watching the first innings and he saw the ball was gripping and Samson told him to bowl with variations. Tells that the chat was just to bowl on a good length.
Faf du Plessis, the skipper of Bangalore, says it is a similar pitch as the last game, with inconsistent bounce. Says 130 was a par score but dropped catches made it difficult. Adds that the basics of cricket weren't there, the top 4 need to bat throughout but they failed. Adds that, on Kohli opening, they discussed it before the match and great players go through this type of phase and they know, he is a fantastic cricketer and he hopes he gets his confidence soon.
Rajasthan loves batting first it seems! Losing the toss is surely a blessing in disguise for Rajasthan! This is now the third consecutive game that they have successfully defended. They had over 200 runs on the board in the previous two games, but this time they had just over 140 runs. It's been an exceptional bowling performance from Rajasthan! It all started with Prasidh Krishna grabbing the wicket of Kohli and then Kuldeep Sen following up with back-to-back wickets and from there on it was all going down hill for Bangalore. Rajasthan did well to pick up wickets at regular intervals and with that, they kept mounting the pressure on the opposition. Ravichandran Ashwin grabbed 3 wickets in his spell, while Kuldeep Sen ended with 4 wickets by his name. Rajasthan have won this royal affair and have moved to the top of the table.
Bangalore did make a change at the top-order and got Virat Kohli to open the batting. But that did not work in their favour. They lost 4 wickets in the first ten overs for just 58 runs! Shahbaz Ahmed and Wanindu Hasaranga did play a few lusty blows and might have given a slight ray of hope to Bangalore but they perished and could not carry on till the end. Riyan Parag went on to score over 20 runs after he was dropped in the penultimate over in the first innings and that probably has made the difference here. A tough loss for Bangalore in the end.
A comfortable victory for Rajasthan! Yes, you read that right! Rajasthan have defended the lowest total of this season and have come out on top comfortably. Batting woes for Bangalore continue and they have now lost two games in a row, while Rajasthan have won their third consecutive game and moved to the top of the table!
Kuldeep Sen to Harshal Patel, OUT! TAKEN! That's it! On a length and on middle. Patel hits it straight in the hands of Riyan Parag at long on who takes his fourth catch of the innings. Rajasthan win by 29 runs.
Kuldeep Sen to Harshal Patel, Touch short and on middle. Patel stands tall and steers it to backward point.
Kuldeep Sen to Harshal Patel, Short of a length and outside off. Patel looks to pull but misses.
END OF OVER 19 | 8 Runs & 0 Wkt | RCB 115/9
Kuldeep Sen will bowl the final over of the match.
Yuzvendra Chahal to Harshal Patel, Flight again, on middle. Patel hits it to deep mid-wicket for a single.
Yuzvendra Chahal to Harshal Patel, Flighted ball, on off. Patel looks to heave but gets an inside edge onto the pads.
Yuzvendra Chahal to Harshal Patel, Flatter, outside off, staying low. Patel flat bats it to long on but does not take any run.
Yuzvendra Chahal to Harshal Patel, Too full and on middle. Patel keeps it out.
Yuzvendra Chahal to Harshal Patel, Wide! Tossed up, outside off, spinning away more. Patel swings and misses.
Yuzvendra Chahal to Harshal Patel, SIX! Touch short and outside off. Patel clears his front leg and slams it over cow corner for a biggie.
Yuzvendra Chahal to Harshal Patel, Tossed up, angling around middle and leg. Patel looks to sweep but misses. An appeal for LBW but might be going down.
END OF OVER 18 | 4 Runs & 1 Wkt | RCB 107/9
Prasidh Krishna to Josh Hazlewood, Short ball now, on middle. Josh Hazlewood tries to ramp it away but misses. Prasidh Krishna is appealing but the umpire is quick to give his cap back and end the over.
Prasidh Krishna to Josh Hazlewood, A low full toss, outside off, pushed to covers.