Rajasthan Royals suffered their first loss in IPL 2022.
The Royal Challengers Bangalore defeated Rajasthan Royals in match 13 of IPL 2022 by four wickets at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on April 5. Thanks to this win, RCB not only registered a second consecutive win, but also ended the undefeated run of the Royals. At one point, the Bangalore chase seemed to lose the plot before their middle order came forward and saved the day for them.
After being invited to bat first by RCB skipper Faf du Plessis, Rajasthan lost early opener Yashasvi Jaiswal before Jos Buttler was in form and Devdutt Padikkal added 70 runs for the second wicket score. Padikkal came in with a crucial 29-ball 37 when skipper Sanju Samson had a rare bust as he ran back for eight. An 83-run unbeaten run between Buttler and Shimron Hetmyer brought RR to a fight tally of 169/3. The Englishman scored 70* runs from 47 deliveries, while Hetmyer scored a blistering 31-ball 42*.
In response, Bangalore meant business right away, as openers Faf du Plessis and Anuj Rawat added 55 runs for the opening score. Nevertheless, as the duo were fired in quick succession, wickets started falling at regular intervals, including that of batting megastar Virat Kohlic† But the middle-class duo of Dinesh Karthik and Shahbaz Ahmed never allowed the Rajasthan bowlers to make a comeback as they landed a match-winning partnership of 67 runs for the sixth wicket.
Ahmed was bowled for 45 by Trent Boult, but Karthik (44*) and Harshal Patel brought RCB across the finish line in the final.
Losing skipper, Sanju Samson said:
I can’t pinpoint a time when we lost the game. I thought it was a big effort to put that total on such a slow wicket after losing the toss. Jos and Hetmyer struck death brilliantly. It was also a big effort to leave the match to the last with the dew coming in. (Whether he asked the umpires to change the ball because of dew) No, I didn’t, I had faith in my bowlers. DK is someone with a lot of experience. We just have to take our time setting up the field. Lots of positives to take from this loss, and we can learn a lot too.
Winning skipper, Faf du Plessis said:
To make it out of the blue you need some great characters and DK is as great a character as you can get. His composure under pressure is amazing. He is very calm and such a great asset to us. We bowled very well, until the 18th over and then Jos got some good shots. We got a score that we thought was a bit above par with the conditions and the surface spinning a bit. We got off to a pretty good start though, but then Yuzi (Chahal) bowled really well to get them back in. But for me the great thing about today was again our ability to come back from scratch to win games. People think that since he (Shahbaz) is a small, skinny boy, he can’t hit him long, but he can hit him a long way. We didn’t bowl him today because of the wet ball and the left-hander being around, but he will definitely have a long part this season. Virat is up there (in fitness), I’ll tell his fans that.
Player of the match, Dinesh Karthik said:
I think this year I made a conscious effort to do myself justice because last year I felt like I could have done better. The way I trained was much better this time. Thanks to the person who trained with me. I make a conscious effort to tell myself I’m not done yet. When I went in we needed 12 runs per over and we had to keep going. I train for these situations. To keep calm and know who can take you down. I have tried to play as much white ball cricket as possible and prepare as many scenarios as possible. A lot of people have spent time with me on this journey ahead of the tournament and it’s the work that usually goes unnoticed. I think T20 cricket is mostly premeditated, but you also need to be clear about what to focus on.