The 39th game of the Indian T20 league 2022 saw Rajasthan beat Bangalore by 29 runs. It was a clinical performance from the Sanju Samson-led side, to say the least. This was their sixth win of the 2022 edition.
With this victory, the Rajasthan-based franchise went to the top of the points table. However, things did look dicey for them during the first innings. At 68-4, it looked as if Rajasthan wouldn't be able to put on a decent total. However, their youngster Riyan Parag finally came good as he scored a brilliant half-century under pressure. He scored an unbeaten 56 off 31 deliveries.
This enabled his side to get to 144-8. After which, fans witnessed an intense moment on the field which involved Parag and Bangalore's Harshal Patel. There was a heated argument between the two. So much so, that a substitute player from the Rajasthan camp had to go to Patel and curb him.
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While this occurred after the completion of the first innings, the reason for their verbal duel wasn't clear. To add fuel to the fire, Bangalore's all-rounder didn't even shake hands with Parag after the completion of the match. In a video that went viral, Patel can be seen intentionally ignoring Parag when players from both sides were shaking hands with one another. Nevertheless, Rajasthan bundled the Bangalore-based franchise for just 115.
In what turned out to be an icing over the cake, Parag also took four catches during the second innings. His all-round performance ensured that he won the player of the match award. Parag was very satisfied after his performance. During the post-match presentation, he stated that the Rajasthan-based franchise have been backing him for a really long time.
"A bit of satisfaction. Rajasthan have shown faith in me for the last three years, and I am paying them back bit by bit. I love pressure and I am just showcasing my abilities. During the time-out, Sanga came out and we agreed that 140 was a good total on this wicket. We decided to go big in the last two overs. I wanted to target Hasaranga in his second over, but we lost wickets, and so I had to strategize and go after Hazlewood and Harshal," said Riyan Parag.