“No reason other than dew and knowing what to chase,” KL Rahul said. “Every game is fresh. I am looking to come out and do the job. I will know a target so will try to pace to the best of my availability. Leadership has been good. We have a good team, that makes the job of a captain easy. 9 or 10 of our starters play at the top level, so that makes it easy. They know their roles. Two changes as Lewis, and Tye miss out. Stoinis and Chameera come in.
“We’ll see how this total behaves before we set a target accordingly,” Sanju Samson said. “Nothing to do with the toss so we have a team that can do well with any toss decision. Kuldip Sen instead of Navdeep Saini, Rassie van der Dussen replaces Yashasvi Jaiswal.
Hetmyer: “It was a little difficult to start… A bit slower, and stayed on the slower side. Bouncing and spinning just a tad bit. I know what Holder does, and he knows what I do as well! I literally have no idea about that retire-out decision from Ashwin! It was a good decision in the end… We are in with a very good chance. The ball isn’t coming on well.”
KL Rahul: ” (His wicket) I didn’t see it, otherwise would’ve put the bat on it. Was a good ball, got to give it to Boult. (Target) We have a team that is never out of the contest. We bat really deep, and got options with the ball, so we kept believing even at 20 for 3. In our games, we’ve gotten ourselves in some trouble and also found ways to get out of it. We needed one good partnership that didn’t get going. Towards the end, brilliant from Stoinis to take it that far and give us a chance to win. (Stoinis) We know how dangerous he is, so we wanted him after the 15th over.
But we have options and we will try to be unpredictable and shuffle the batting order sometimes. We sent Gowtham today since it was a 160 game, 160 games can be tricky. We know how important powerplay is, so we thought Gowtham could put bowlers off. Didn’t work out today. (Summary) We’ve done really well so far. Our death bowling has stood out. Today we couldn’t execute our yorkers well but that can happen. With Shimron and Stoinis and other guys, they can really do damage at the back end if you miss your plans. We learn from it when they don’t come off.”
Lucknow Super Giants vs Rajasthan Royals Highlights today, Sunday 10-4-2022. 20th Match (N), Tata Indian Premier League from Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai.
Toss: LSG won and same took decision as others.
Lucknow Super Giants team: 1 KL Rahul (capt), 2 Quinton de Kock (wk), 3 Krunal Pandya, 4 Deepak Hooda, 5 Marcus Stoinis, 6 Ayush Badoni, 7 Krishnappa Gowtham, 8 Jason Holder, 9 Avesh Khan, 10 Ravi Bishnoi, 11 Dushmantha Chameera.
Rajasthan Royals team: 1 Jos Buttler, 2 Rassie van der Dussen, 3 Devdutt Padikkal, 4 Sanju Samson (capt & wk), 5 Shimron Hetmyer, 6 Riyan Parag, 7 R Ashwin, 8 Kuldeep Sen, 9 Trent Boult, 10 Prasidh Krishna, 11 Yuzvendra Chahal.
Trent Boult: “(Around the wicket to KL Rahul) It was a late call in the morning. It was Neesham’s idea. Rahul is a great player, but nice for a plan like that to come off. It is my role with the new ball to be aggressive and take wickets in the powerplay so it was a good feeling to get a couple. (Came over the wicket later) You guys have seen me bowl enough. At the top, it is to pitch it up and get some movement. (Kuldeep Sen) He is a great guy, bowls with heart. Executed under pressure and will only grow from an experience like that. There are some quality fast bowling assets in our side and throughout the tournament. (Are you going to watch the over again?) I will probably watch my batting first.”
Head to head
Total matches played: 0
LSG Won: 0
RR Won: 0
Sanju Samson: “Didn’t know we are top of the table. (Kuldeep) Depends upon how he bowled his first three overs. I thought he had done really well and had the confidence to bowl those wide yorkers. Whatever I saw in Syed Mushtaq Ali after that Royals picked him up. He is a special talent, can be for India soon. (Boult) Great character on and off the field. After the first ball, he said, ‘I will change my plans.’ Really funny guy to hang around with and their skills are commendable. (Hetmyer) Conversations are ‘have you eaten? Slept well? Are you happy?’ He has a great cricketing sense and reads situations well. (Ashwin retired out) We thought if some situation occurs (before the season) that if we need to use retired out, we will. It was a team decision. (Chahal) He is someone who can be given the ball from over 1 or over 20. He is the greatest legspinner India has ever seen at present. He is a great matchwinner, Ashwin’s four overs are also crucial so why not use him later in the innings.”
Yuzvendra Chahal is the Player of the Match: “I’ve been bowling well always, in the middle I had a bad patch, but my main strength is my mind and I didn’t want to divert from that. (Wet ball) It was tough but it is my duty. I am ready to bowl any time. I thought to protect runs so that it will be useful later. My favorite wicket was de Kock’s dismissal since he set and is a gamechanger. (Tossing it up, Badoni wicket) He had done it before, so I thought maybe he will do it again. It was my intuition, which is why I went full and wide. (150 IPL wickets) Thank you, don’t think too much. The next game comes up soon. No Instagram reels for me, my Mrs is making them now (laughs).”
Match Timings: 14:00 GMT | 19:30 Local
Umpires – Anil Chaudhary, Tapan Sharma
TV Umpires – Pashchim Pathak
Match Referee – Javagal Srinath
Reserve Umpire – Sadashiv Iyer
Match number – Tata IPL 2022 – Seasone 15, 20th Match