Rajasthan Royals came out with an emphatic performance to beat Lucknow Super Giants in Match 63 of IPL 2022 at Brabourne Stadium on Sunday and jump to 2nd spot in the points table. Rajasthan now has one leg in the play-offs as they skipped Lucnow despite being equal 16 points each thanks to a better Net Run Rate.
The race for the IPL 2022 play-offs has come to a business end as Gujarat Titans are pretty much on top with 20 points, while both Lucknow and Rajasthan are on 16 points. Both Rajasthan and Lucknow have a good chance of making it to the play-offs as the battle for 4th place heats up.
IPL 2022 Full coverage † Points table
Rajasthan Royals put 178 on the board after a collective effort with the bat and it proved to be enough as Lucknow Super Giants struggled to get going despite a 65-run tie 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, eliminating Quinton de Kock and Ayush Badoni in consecutive deliveries. Prasidh Krishna took the biggest wicket of the evening, clearing KL Rahul for 10 from 19 balls as the Lucknow captain suffered a rare failure.
Lucknow’s odds took a big hit when they were reduced to 29/3 in the power play, but Krunal and Hooda revived the ship.
However, Rajasthan’s spin twins took the crucial wickets from the two well-placed batters. While Ashwin Krunal sent back in a stunning 1/24 run in 4 overs, Chahal got Hooda over in the 16th. Baroda’s batter was the only bright spot for LSG, as he hit 59 from just 39 balls and took on the Rajasthan bowlers with authority.
Obed McCoy, returning to the side, shocked LSG’s chances by taking the wickets of Jason Holder and Dushmantha Chameera in the same over.
Big hit Marcus Stoinis hit 27 of 17 balls but all it did was help LSG narrow the margin of defeat, which is crucial to their chances of reaching the playoffs amid the frantic battle for the top spot. top 4.
GUJARAT SEAL TOP-2 SPOT
In the first match of the final double headers of IPL 2022, Gujarat Titans comfortably outclassed Chennai Super Kings to give the four-time champions their 9th defeat of IPL 2022. CSK has never lost so many games in a season, but MS Dhoni’s side has slipped to new lows after failing to make the play-offs for the 2nd consecutive time.
Gujarat Titans became the first team to reach 20 points in IPL 2022 when they confirmed their place in the top 2. GT has qualified for Qualifier 1, by booking their tickets to Kolkata.
CSK made a series of changes with MS Dhoni, suggesting they wanted to test their bench strength now that any hopes of play-offs were gone. However, Dhonis’ decision to bat after winning the toss backfired as CSK struggled to post a competitive total.
Despite Ruturaj Gaikwad getting a 50 and comeback man Narayan Jagadeesan scoring a handy 39, CSK came out with just 133 in 20 overs at Wankhede Stadium. Big hitters Shivam Dube and MS Dhoni struggled to get going in the endovers, while Gujarat bowlers kept it tight.
In response, Gujarat Titans drove a 57-ball 67 not out from Wriddhiman Saha to cross the finish line in 19.1 overs.
BABY MALINGA SHINES AT DEBUT
The only bright spot for CSK in their loss was Matheesha Pathirana, the teenage pacer from Sri Lanka. The teenager, who has a move similar to Lasith Malinga’s, took a 2-wicket-haul on his IPL debut for the four-time champion. Pathirana finished with numbers of 2/24 in his 19-ball spell.
Pathirana impressed when he got Gujarat Titans star opener Shubman Gill with the very first episode of his spell. The 19-year-old, with his slingy action, got one to slip through and hit Gill’s pads in the 7th over of GT’s chase. Gill got LBW and even a review couldn’t save him.
In his 2nd over, Pathirana took the wicket from Gujarat Titans captain Hardik Pandya with a slower one the star all-rounder couldn’t read. Hardik got a lead that was safely stowed in the midrange.