Rajasthan Royals 165 for 6 (Hetmyer 59*, Gowtham 2-30) beat Lucknow Super Giants 162 for 8 (de Kock 39, Stoinis 38*, Chahal 4-41) with three runs
Unlike India international Prasidh Krishna, who made an attempt at yorkers in the 19th and conceded 19 to Marcus Stoinis – who, incidentally, was only held back for this role – Sen threw length and wide to throw three dots to make 14 of them. to make two. The four and six of the last two balls didn’t matter.
Fast start for Royals
Royals are now used to the difficult task of hitting first, and their openers came to fire accordingly. Jos Buttler got stuck in Holder and Devdutt Padikkal, who replaced Yashaswi Jaiswal at the top of the standings, cut Ravi Bishnoi for two limits in the fourth to make it 39 to 0.
Chameera, Avesh withdraw Royals
Dushamntha Chameera then returned to throw a three-run fifth over. Buttler felt obliged to move on after the sixth, but Avesh Khan was perfect with the first ball and found the stumps. An almighty delay ensued, even with Sanju Samson hitting with all his intentions. Overs five to 15 produced only four borders; the 11 overs went for just 53.
There were also four wickets. Samson missed a slower full toss from Holder and a frustrated Padikkal fell in a reverse sweep from Gowtham for a run-a-ball 29. When Gowtham turned the ball against the round-the-wicket corner to bowl Rassie van der Dussen, the It was clear this was not an easy pitch. Then Royals sent Ashwin away.
Ashwin breaks the chains
Ashwin has hit in the top six before in the IPL, but mostly in low-scoring games to stabilize tricky chases. This was his first time hitting in the top six in goal setting. He was 9 out of 14 at the start of the 16th when he decided his job was done. He now started hitting out, sending Gowtham for consecutive sixes, only the third time he has hit more than one in an IPL innings.
Hetmyer flourishes in the midst of chaos
After a limitless 17th over from Avesh, Hetmyer found freedom against Holder and skipped the 18th for two sixes and a four. Two balls into the 19th, Hetmyer was stunned to see Ashwin walking away and Parag coming in. That didn’t stop Hetmyer from hitting the next two balls for sixes – an upper-cut and a slog over midwicket. Holder tried yorkers in the last over, and Hetmyer and Parag each hit a six to give the Royals just the last kick they needed.
Boult swings, LSG gets funky
Boult has bowled the first pitch of an innings 79 times. He has gone for the wicket only twice, both times to Rahul. Boult said it was James Neesham’s suggestion at breakfast. A few seconds before the start of the chase, Samson was told the plan. Boult tossed it full, making sure it seamed into it. Rahul said he didn’t see it or he would have put a club on it. It went past the inner rim and threw him.
This cannot be a response to a first-ball wicket. LSG always wanted to go funky when they lost an early wicket because they wanted Stoinis to bat after the 15th. Gowtham came first. Boult went over the wicket to hurl the ball back in and secure it up front. Then Holder came. As the ball moved around, the dots piled up, and Holder fell trying to force Krishna’s hard length. Super Giants were 14 for 3 in the fourth over.
Spinners take over
If the plan was to be disruptive and aggressive with cheap wickets, the Royals bowlers would now have forced Super Giants to play old-fashioned cricket. Quinton de Kock – a bad match up against both spinners – and Deepak Hooda had to rebuild the turns. Just after the timeout at 52 for 3 in nine overs, Hooda tried to run out, and Sen took his wicket, just as Avesh did with Buttler earlier. When Chahal got away from Ayush Badoni at the end of the 12th, Super Giants promoted Krunal Pandya, even if that meant having two lefthanded batters in the middle. Samson also stopped Chahal for Stoinis.
Chahal gives big blows
Super Giants held back until the 15th, then needed 69 runs. With two Chahal overs on the bench, Samson didn’t have to wait for Stoinis to arrive either. In the 16th, Chahal sent off both De Kock and Pandya. Soon, De Kock, who struggled all the time for fluidity, found himself long-on with a vertical pull, and Pandya was defeated in the sweep.
In the 18th, Chahal also lost Dushmantha Chameera, but Avesh hit a six on the last ball of Chahal’s spell to keep Super Giants in the hunt. About.
Needing 34 from two overs, Royals predictably went to the higher bowler first to hopefully leave the youngster some kisses. Krishna, who has become a bit of a tough specialist for India, stayed with Yorkers. Aside from a ramp for four, Stoinis’ other two sixes made up for missed Yorkers. It was a little surprising that he would give up his favorite height for yorkers, especially with a wet ball.
Sen’s lengths in the final were over in the slot, but he remained well out of Stoinis’ reach. Stoinis attempted a ramp and two hits on the ground, but couldn’t find the boundary.
Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo