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That’s it from this game! Lucknow lose their second match after winning three on the bounce. This win takes Rajasthan to the top of the points table. What a nail-biter this fixture was and expect some more on the way. We will be back on 11th April, Monday where Hyderabad will take on Gujarat. It’s a battle between fire and ice. You don’t want to miss that. That game will start at 7.30 pm IST (2 pm GMT) but the build-up will begin well in advance. Make sure you tune in for that. Until then, adios!
Yuzvendra Chahal wins the Man of the Match award for his exceptional spell with the ball (4-0-41-4). He says, there was just a bad patch that he was going through earlier. Says, his main strength is his mind and he used it to focus it on getting back into the game. Further says, he is the happiest by taking Quinton de Kock’s wicket. Says, he does not think much about achieving records. Says, there won’t be much reels coming out anymore, with too many games around the corner.
Sanju Samson, the skipper of Rajasthan is up for a chat. He says that it feels good to be at the top of the table. Mentions that he was confident about Kuldeep Sen and he bowled very well. Tells that he saw him in Syed Mushtaq and he nails his wide yorkers. Informs that Trent Boult came to him and said that change of plans and just informed him that he will be bowling from ’round the wicket. Tells that Boult’s skills are commendable. Laughs that conversations with Hetmyer are funny. Says that it’s just about have you eaten, have you slept well and is he happy, that’s it. Tells that he has a lot of experience and has a great cricketing sense and is doing the job for them. On asked about Ashwin’s retired out, he says that it is just about being Rajasthan and different from others. Credits Chahal for bowling well and says that he is the greatest leg-spinner India has seen in the present.
Trent Boult is in for a quick chat. He says, it was a late call to bowl over the wickets to KL Rahul. Mentions, it was Jimmy Neesham who persuaded him for the same. Adds, it was a good feeling to get a couple wickets in the end. Mentions, he just aims to pitch it up and use the new ball to its benefit. Says, there is some language barrier with Kuldeep but he bowled with fire throughout and adds that it has been very exciting to see him zip the ball.
KL Rahul, the skipper of Lucknow, starts by saying he did not even see the ball served by Boult. Says that there is a good depth in the side. Adds that even with 20/3 the teams still believed they could get over the line if they played to their potential. Mentions, sending Stoinis down the order was always the plan. Adds the depth really makes it easier for him to shuffle the pack and pressurises that the side will continue to remain unpredictable whenever required. Mentions, their death bowling has really stood out in the past games. Says, the bowler can have an off day and as a team, they will just learn from it and try to be better next time around.
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You just can’t write a script for such an over. You just dream of it – That is what Alan Wilkins described on-air after watching the first over of Trent Boult as he took the matter into his own hands and got KL Rahul and Krishnappa Gowtham in the first over itself bowling two lovely inswinging deliveries. If that wasn’t enough Prasidh Krishna got a wicket as well later to put Rajasthan completely on top. Their bowlers maintained the pressure throughout and never let Lucknow to get away with the game. Yuzvendra Chahal took a total of 4 wickets in the match and things seemed to be done and dusted but things got pretty close towards the end as 15 runs were needed off the last over. However, the debutant Kuldeep Sen kept his calm and defended it in the end. Sensational bowling performance from Rajasthan and they have got another 2 important points in their bag.
Lucknow had a below-par total to chase but had the worst of starts as KL Rahul and Krishnappa Gowtham departed for ducks and Jason Holder got out for a timid score as well inside the Powerplay itself. They were put under tremendous pressure and it was up to Quinton de Kock and Deepak Hooda to bail them out of the situation but it wasn’t to be. None of their batters seemed to be in their elements and couldn’t play a breezy inning which was the need of the hour for Lucknow except for Marcus Stoinis who took the game pretty deep and batted amazingly well as he almost took his team over the line but in the end, lost the game by just 3 runs. A positive thing for them to take though as they have paid big bucks for Marcus Stoinis in the auction and playing his first game this season, he showed great signs and batted very positively.
What a game of cricket! Absolute thriller! Pretty sure everyone watching the game were biting their nails till the last ball. Rajasthan needed something special from their bowlers after managing to get just 165 on a Wankhede pitch and their bowlers didn’t disappoint them. Kuldeep Sen did absoultely well to defend 15 runs off the last over especially after Prasidh Krishna conceding 19 runs in the peunultimate over. Their bowlers rose to the occasion and stepped up handing them the win. Credit to Marcus Stoinis though who playing a fabulous knock at the end. If Krunal Pandya had taken that catch of Hetmyer when he was on 14, things might have ended differently for them but nevertheless, they ended up on the wrong side and would be looking to make amends in the next game.
19.6 overs (6 Runs) SIX! BANG! Full length, on middle and leg. Marcus Stoinis smokes it over the square leg fence for a biggie. Kuldeep Sen defends 14 runs to get his side over the line. RAJASTHAN WIN THE GAME BY 3 RUNS.
19.5 overs (4 Runs) FOUR! Does not matter. Full length, outside off. Marcus Stoinis gets it to third man off the outside edge for a boundary.
19.4 overs (0 Run) Three dots! Kuldeep Sen, you beauty! The stocks of the young lad are surely rising here. It is full and outside off. Marcus Stoinis tries to heave it across the line but misses. Now, all Sen has to do is deliver legal deliveries and take the game home.
19.3 overs (0 Run) Two dots on the trot now! This is incredible bowling by Sen on his debut. It is full and outside off. Marcus Stoinis shuffles across, he tries to scoop it away but gets pinged on his pads.
19.2 overs (0 Run) A DOT NOW! Full length, wide outside off. Marcus Stoinis shuffles across and drives it hard to extra cover but straight to the fielder.
19.1 overs (1 Run) Avesh Khan does the right thing here. A full toss, on the stumps. Avesh Khan lofts it over covers for a single. Marcus Stoinis on strike now with 14 needed off 5.
Kuldeep Sen to bowl the final over. 15 needed off 6. Can he defend it?
18.6 overs (6 Runs) SIX! Oh hello! Game is still on! This is full, straight and on off. Marcus Stoinis gets under it and smokes it over the bowler’s head for a maximum. Marcus Stoinis couldn’t have hit it any better. Prasidh Krishna goes for 19 runs in the penultimate over.
18.5 overs (0 Run) Two dots on the trot! These are gold dust at the moment! It is back of a length, on off. Marcus Stoinis tries to hook it away but misses. Prasidh Krishna appeals for caught behind but the umpire shows no interest. Sanju Samson opts for the review. The UltraEdge shows there is a flat line as the ball passes the bat. The on-field decision of not out stays.
18.4 overs (0 Run) An attempted yorker again, which turns into a full toss. Marcus Stoinis hits it to long on but does not take a run.
18.3 overs (6 Runs) SIX! OH YES! OH YES! That’s why Marcus Stoinis has come in down the order. It a low full toss, on off. Marcus Stoinis smokes it over the bowler’s head for a maximum. Pressure on the bowler.
18.2 overs (2 Runs) Low full toss, on middle and leg. Marcus Stoinis flicks it to deep mid-wicket. The throw from the deep is not good enough. The batters run two and it looks like Avesh Khan makes it safely at the bowler’s end. The umpires take it upstairs to confirm. The third umpire signals not out on the big screen.
18.1 overs (4 Runs) FOUR! Marcus Stoinis exposes his stumps this time but it works in his favour. It is full, on middle and leg. Marcus Stoinis stands outside the off stump, tickles it down to fine leg for a boundary. Now, there is a mini press conference taking place with the bowler.
18.1 overs (1 Run) WIDE! Prasidh Krishna starts the penultimate over with a loosener. He goes for a wide yorker, which lands way outside the tramline. Marcus Stoinis does not bother. The umpire signals a wide.
17.6 overs (6 Runs) SIX! BANG! Avesh Khan has only one intent. It is full and on off. Avesh Khan gets low and slogs it over the wide long on fence for a maximum. Lucknow need 34 in 12 balls.
17.5 overs (0 Run) OUT! LBW! Yuzvendra Chahal picks up his fourth wicket now. This is also his 150th wicket in the Indian T20 League. It is full and on the stumps. Dushmantha Chameera tries to block it out but misses. He gets rapped on the pads. Yuzvendra Chahal appeals but the umpire is unmoved. Rajasthan opt for the review. The UltraEdge shows no bat is involved. The Ball Trackers shows three reds and Rajasthan now see the back of Dushmantha Chameera. Avesh Khan is the new batsman in.
Rajasthan have opted a review for an LBW. It looked dead plumb to the naked eye but the on-field umpire has ruled it NOT OUT. UltraEdge shows no bat involved. Ball Tracking shows that the ball is pitching in line, the impact is in line and it is wickets hitting. Three reds and the on-field decision is reversed.
17.5 overs (1 Run) WIDE! This is tossed up, full and outside off. The ball grips and turns away sharply. Dushmantha Chameera gets low and tries to sweep it away but misses. The umpire thinks the ball goes out of the tramline and deems it as a wide.
17.4 overs (0 Run) Floated, full and on leg. Dushmantha Chameera works it back to the bowler.
17.4 overs (1 Run) WIDE! Full, wide outside off. Dushmantha Chameera slashes but does not reach. Wide called.
17.3 overs (1 Run) Looped up, outside off, turning away sharply. Marcus Stoinis goes back and cuts it through covers for one run.
17.2 overs (0 Run) Chahal goes wide outside off. Marcus Stoinis reaches out and pushes it to cover off the toe-end.
17.1 overs (6 Runs) SIX! BOOM! Marcus Stoinis is on the attack. It is short, on middle and leg. Marcus Stoinis swivels and smokes it over the square leg fence for a maximum. This is an incredible shot. Lucknow fans are coming back to life now.
16.6 overs (2 Runs) Full length, on off. Dushmantha Chameera gets low and drags his sweep to deep square leg for two runs. A good over for Lucknow as 11 runs come off it.
16.5 overs (4 Runs) FOUR! A much-needed boundary for Lucknow. It is a short ball, on off. Dushmantha Chameera pulls it into the gap at deep mid-wicket for a boundary.
16.4 overs (1 Run) Full length, on middle and leg. Marcus Stoinis moves back and drives it to long off for a single.
16.3 overs (1 Run) Trent Boult fires in a yorker this time, on off. Dushmantha Chameera digs it out to cover for a single.
16.2 overs (2 Runs) Full length, outside off. Dushmantha Chameera drives it to sweeper cover for two runs.
16.1 overs (1 Run) A length ball, on off. Marcus Stoinis pushes it to cover for a single.
Trent Boult (3-0-19-2) to bowl out.
15.6 overs (4 Runs) FOUR! EDGY! Yuzvendra Chahal is not happy about it all. It is full, wide outside off. Dushmantha Chameera flirts away from his body. The ball races down to third man off the outside edge for four. Nonetheless, an outstanding over by Chahal comes to an end. His currently tally also makes him the Purple cap holder with a better economy rate.
Dushmantha Chameera walks out to bat.
15.5 overs (0 Run) OUT! TIMBER! Yuzvendra Chahal, you beauty! Second of the over and Rajasthan right on top at the moment. It is full and on the off stump. Krunal Pandya shuffles across the stumps, exposes the sticks. Pandya misses his sweep. The ball goes through to rattle the stumps. 64 runs needed in 25 balls now.
15.4 overs (1 Run) Marcus Stoinis gets off the mark. It is full and outside off. Stoinis pushes it to sweeper cover for one.
Drinks! With Quinton de Kock back in the hut, things look like done and dusted for Lucknow unless a miracle happens here. Rajasthan have been brilliant with the ball so far and they will feel that they are on the brink of a victory. Marcus Stoinis is the new batsman in.
15.3 overs (0 Run) OUT! CAUGHT! Yuzvendra Chahal gets rid of the big fish here. He picks up his second wicket of the game and continues on his merry way in this season. It is tossed up, full and on off. Quinton de Kock clears his front leg and tonks it towards wide of long on. Riyan Parag there moves to his left to take a sharp catch. Sixth one goes down for Lucknow.
15.2 overs (3 Runs) Floated, full and on leg. Krunal Pandya comes down the track and flicks it to the leg side for a brace. The batters run one more due to overthrow.
15.1 overs (1 Run) Flatter and wide outside off. Quinton de Kock slaps it down the ground to long off for a single.
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