Rajasthan Royals came up with an emphatic performance to beat Lucknow Super Giants in Match 63 of IPL 2022 at the Brabourne Stadium on Sunday and jump to the 2nd spot in the points table. Rajasthan now have one leg in the playoffs as they leapfrogged Lucnow despite being tied on 16 points each due to a better Net Run Rate.
The race for the IPL 2022 playoffs has reached the business end as Gujarat Titans are sitting pretty at the top with 20 points while both Lucknow and Rajasthan are with 16 points. Both Rajasthan and Lucknow have a good chance to make the playoffs while the battle for the 4th spot has heated up.
Rajasthan Royals posted 178 on the board after a collective effort wit the bat and it proved to be enough as Lucknow Super Giants struggled to get going despite a 65-run stand between Deepak Hooda and Krunal Pandya for the 4th wicket. The Royals fell to a 24-run defeat after losing 8 wickets.
Trent Boult wreaked havoc in his second over, removing Quinton de Kock and Ayush Badoni in successive deliveries. Prasidh Krishna picked up the biggest wicket of the evening, removing KL Rahul for 10 from 19 balls as the Lucknow captain had a rare failure.
Lucknow’s chances took a big blow as they were reduced to 29/3 in the powerplay but Krunal and Hooda revived the ship.
However, Rajasthan’s spin twins picked up the crucial wickets of the two well-set batters. While Ashwin sent back Krunal in a stunning spell of 1/24 in 4 overs, Chahal got Hooda in the 16th over. The Baroda batter was the only bright spot for LSG as he hit 59 off just 39 balls, taking on the Rajasthan bowlers with authority.
Obed McCoy, who returned to the side, jolted LSG’s chances by picking up the wickets of Jason Holder and Dushmantha Chameera in the same over.
Big-hitting Marcus Stoinis hit 27 from 17 balls but all it did was help LSG cut down the margin of defeat, which is crucial to their chances of reaching the playoffs amid the spiced-up battle for the top 4.
In the first match of the final double headers of IPL 2022, Gujarat Titans comfortably outclassed Chennai Super Kings to hand the 4-time champions their 9th defeat of IPL 2022. CSK have never lost as many matches in a season but MS Dhoni’s side have slipped to a new low after failing to reach the playoffs for the 2nd successive time.
Gujarat Titans became the first team to reach the 20-point mark in IPL 2022 as they confirmed their place in the top 2. GT have qualified for Qualifier 1, booking their tickets to Kolkata.
CSK made an array of changes with MS Dhoni suggesting that they wanted to test their bench strength with playoffs hopes gone. However, Dhonis’ decision to bat after winning the toss backfired as CSK struggled to post a competitive total.
Despite Ruturaj Gaikwad getting a fifty and comeback man Narayan Jagadeesan hitting a handy 39, CSK managed just 133 in 20 overs at the Wankhede Stadium. Big-hitters Shivam Dube and MS Dhoni struggled to get going in the end overs as Gujarat bowlers kept it tight.
In reply, Gujarat Titans rode on a 57-ball 67 not out from Wriddhiman Saha to get past the finish line in 19.1 overs.
BABY MALINGA SHINES ON DEBUT
The lone bright spot for CSK in their loss was Sri Lanka’s teenager pacer Matheesha Pathirana. The teenager, who has an action similar to that of Lasith Malinga, picked up a 2-wicket haul on his IPL debut for the 4-time champions. Pathirana finished with figures of 2/24 in his 19-ball spell.
Pathirana impressed as he got Gujarat Titans’ star opener Shubman Gill with the very frist delivery of his spell. The 19-year-old, with his slingy action, got one to skid through and hit Gill’s pads in the 7th over of GT’s chase. Gill was given out LBW and even a review could not save him.
In his 2nd over, Pathirana picked up the wicket of Gujarat Titans’ captain Hardik Pandya with a slower one that the star all-rounder was not able to read. Hardik got a leading edge that was pouched safely at the mid-off region.