In the 20th match of the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022, Rajasthan Royals (RR) defeated Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) by three runs at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium on Sunday.
Chasing 166, Lucknow had a terrible start losing captain KL Rahul (0) and Krishnappa Gowtham (0) for golden ducks in the first two deliveries bowled by Trent Boult. Soon, Lucknow lost Jason Holder (8) when the team’s score read 14 in 3.3 overs.
Quinton de Kock (39), Deepak Hooda (25) and Krunal Pandya (22) made some valuable contributions to take the game deep. Marcus Stoinis (38 not out) provided some late blitz to push Lucknow an inch closer to victory and bring down the equation to 15 needed off the final over.
However, debutant Kuldeep Sen showed nerves of steel and only gave away 11 runs to help the Royals win the contest by three runs.
Earlier, Shimron Hetmyer, with a blistering knock, powered Rajasthan to a respectable total. The explosive Caribbean batter smashed LSG bowlers in the latter half to put RR in a good position.
Hetmyer smashed an unbeaten 59 from just 36 deliveries, including one four and 6 humungous sixes. Apart from Hetmyer, Ravichandran Ashwin chipped in with a valuable 28 off 23 to help the Royals post 165/6 in their allotted 20 overs.
Here is how Twitter reacted:
First IPL match. Defending 15 off the last over.
Kuldeep, what a stunner. 💗
— Rajasthan Royals (@rajasthanroyals) April 10, 2022
— Vinay Kumar R (@Vinay_Kumar_R) April 10, 2022
Kuldeep can’t do anything wrong today… 🥳🤩 But why was Stoinis held back so much?? Tactical faux-pas.
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) April 10, 2022
— Wasim Jaffer (@WasimJaffer14) April 10, 2022
Another young Indian fast bowler steps into the limelight. And he looks good does Kuldeep Sen
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) April 10, 2022
What a temperament Kuldeep sen 👏👏👏👏🌟 @rajasthanroyals
— Rahul Sharma (@ImRahulSharma3) April 10, 2022
Ashwin retiring probably wins the game. Could have run a first few hard. Could have hit the gaps. But they went with a genuinely valuable idea and it won them a game. What a world
— Ben Jones (@benjonescricket) April 10, 2022
🏏💜 VICTORY FOR RR! After tasting victory in three consecutive games, LSG faces a defeat at the hands of Sanju Samson and his boys!
👉 Rajasthan move up four places to top the points table with this win!
— The Bharat Army (@thebharatarmy) April 10, 2022
— CricketTimes.com (@CricketTimesHQ) April 10, 2022
Kuldeep Sen has taken a flight to a fantasy land.
First IPL game – bowling the last over and winning it for your side.
— Bharath Ramaraj (@Fancricket12) April 10, 2022
Top of the points table – Rajasthan
Orange cap holder – Buttler
Purple cap holder – Chahal
Dream run continues for Royals in #IPL2022.
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) April 10, 2022
— Sreshth Shah (@sreshthx) April 10, 2022
Shimron Hetmyer in the death overs in IPL 2022
129 runs off 48 balls
— Rohit Sankar (@imRohit_SN) April 10, 2022
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