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‘Playoffs almost confirmed’- Clinical win over Lucknow shoots Rajasthan to second spot in points table

By BetBarter Staff

May 15, 2022

An all-round performance from the team helped Rajasthan beat Lucknow by 24 runs in the 63rd match of the Indian T20 League 2022. Rajasthan won the toss and decided to bat first at the Brabourne Stadium. Despite losing Jos Buttler early on, the Rajasthan team had a positive start. Yashasvi Jaiswal and Sanju Samson did well to get the men in pink to a good start.  They helped the team to 51 runs in the powerplay. However, Sanju Samson (32) could not last long. He was dismissed by Jason Holder in the ninth over for a team score of 75. Jaiswal (41) also departed soon in the 12th over.

Rajasthan innings got derailed following the wickets of Devdutt Padikkal (39), Riyan Parag (19), and Jimmy Neesham (14) and they were reduced to 152-6  in 17.4 overs from 122-3 in 14th over. In the end, Ravichandran Ashwin (10) and Trent Boult (17) hit a few good shots to get the team to a score of 178/6. In the chase, Lucknow got a disastrous start. The wicket looked good to bat on but they lost three wickets within the powerplay. They reached a score of 34/3 in six overs.

Post that, Krunal Pandya and Deepak Hooda stitched a very important partnership to get Lucknow back into the game. They did not take too many risks and kept the runs flowing with a few boundaries. However, Pandya (25) lost his wicket to Ashwin in the 14th over. Hooda went on to score a half-century before falling to Yuzvendra Chahal in the 16th over for a team total of 116. The equation came down to 63 runs in the last four overs, with Jason Holder and Marcus Stoinis at the strike. The task was stiff and all hopes rested on Stoinis’ shoulders. However, a miracle didn’t happen.

The 17th over by Obed McCoy produced just four runs, removing Holder (1) and Dushmanta Chameera (0). In the final three overs, Lucknow scored 34 runs but the game was done and dusted way before. Eventually, Rajasthan won by 24 runs and jumped to the second spot in the points table.

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