Rajasthan Royals have made their way back to the top of the points table after they beat Lucknow Super Giants by a small margin of 3 runs.
To start off, Lucknow Super Giants won the toss and decided to bowl first.
Jos Buttler and Devdutt Paddikal started things slow and steady for the Royals.
Sanju Samson and Rassie van der Dussen didn’t get going and Rajasthan were in a spot of bother for some time.
It was then power hitter Shimron Hetmyer who hit 59 off 36 balls.
Hetmyer got an early lifeline courtesy of Krunal Pandya who dropped his catch at the boundary.
Ashwin too played a contributing knock of 28 and Rajasthan Royals wrapped up their innings at 165/6 in 20 overs.
Lucknow Super Giants required just 166 to win the game.
In the second innings, Lucknow had a rather poor outing with the bat.
KL Rahul was out on a duck as he was clean bowled by Trent Boult.
Krishnappa Gowtham too suffered the same fate.
Quinton de Kock along with Deepak Hooda tried to put the Lucknow innings back on track when Jason Holder was out cheaply.
Marcus Stoinis at the fag end of the innings made the game a thriller to watch as he hit massive boundaries and got support from Avesh Khan.
It was Kuldeep Sen who bowled a brilliant last over on his debut for Rajasthan Royals.
Yuzvendra Chahal was the pick of the bowlers as he picked up 4 wickets in the match.
Player of the Match
Yuzvendra Chahal for his 4/41 (4).
Post Match Reactions
KL Rahul, Lucknow Super Giants captain said that he was completely taken aback by the delivery from Trent Boult. Added that they have a good depth in their side. Felt that even at 20/3, they believed that they could win the match if the team had played to their full potential. Mentioned that sending Marcus Stoinis down the order was always the plan. Said that they will continue to remain an unpredictable side in the tournament so that they can pressurise the opposition. Praised his team’s death bowling. Ended by saying that they will try to be a better team in the next match.
Sanju Samson, skipper of Rajasthan Royals said that it is a good feeling to be back at the top. Praised Kuldeep Sen and said that he always had confidence in him. Also praised Trent Boult and his plans to come around the wicket in the very first over of the match. Mentioned that conversations with Hetmyer are always very funny and that he has been performing his role well for the team. Ended by praising Chahal and saying that he is the best leg-spinner for India at the moment.
Rajasthan Royals will next face Gujarat Titans at Dr DY Patil Stadium, Navi Mumbai on the 14th of April while Lucknow Super Giants will battle it out with Mumbai Indians at Brabourne Stadium on the 16th of April.