From the Rajasthan Royals team, JC Buttler is their most runs scorer. Also, he is the leading runs scorer of the tournament so far with 491 runs in seven innings. The second most runs scorer from their team is SO Hetmyer with 224 runs and the captain of their team SV Samson scored 201 runs so far. F du Plessis the captain of the Royal Challengers Bangalore is their best batting performer so far by scoring 255 runs in eight innings. KD Karthik scored 210 and Shahbaz Ahmed 178. The big gun or run-machine of their team V Kohli still failed to post good runs on the board. He scored 119 runs in eight innings with his highest of 48.
YS Chahal is the most wicket-taker from the Rajasthan Royals team, also he is the top wicket-taker of the tournament so far with 18 wickets in seven innings. The second most wickets taker of their team is M Prasidh Krishna who took eight wickets in seven matches. TA Boult played six matches and took seven wickets. From the Royal Challengers Bangalore team, PWH de Silva is their key bowler so far, who took eleven wickets in eight matches. HV Patel took nine wickets and JR Hazlewood took eight wickets in four matches.
Siraj is speaking about a fine bowling effort. We executed our skills on a pitch with extra bounce, which is the gist of it.
(On Padikkal’s six at the start) “I tried for the swing first but he played a good shot. There was a bit of swing upfront and I stuck to my plan. Hazlewood gets a bit of extra bounce due to the bounce. So we focused on the back-of-length areas, even at the death. This is not an easy score because it is tough to hit against the back of a length. So if they bowl such lengths, batting could be tough. No dew yet.”
Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Rajasthan Royals Highlights today, Tuesday 26-4-2022. 39th Match (N), Tata Indian Premier League from Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune.
Toss: RCB won, Faf chose to bowl first.
Royal Challengers Bangalore team: Faf du Plessis (capt), Virat Kohli, Rajat Patidar, Glenn Maxwell, Suyash Prabhudessai, Shahbaz Ahmed, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Harshal Patel, Wanindu Hasaranga, Josh Hazlewood, Mohammad Siraj.
Rajasthan Royals team: Jos Buttler, Devdutt Padikkal, Sanju Samson (capt, wk), Shimron Hetmyer, Riyan Parag, Daryll Mitchell, Ravichandran Ashwin,Trent Boult, Kuldeep Sen, Prasidh Krishna, Yuzvendra Chahal.
Faf du Plessis: It’s pretty similar to the previous game. If you hit the deck hard in the first few overs, it is hard to get away. The dropped chance cost us. The top order is a trick we need to fix. You need someone in the top four to bat through and we haven’t done that consistently. We tried changing the batting lineup today and we feel that they can try playing positively. Can’t go into a shell. (On Kohli) Great players go through phases like this and we wanted to get him in the game straight away so that he doesn’t sit on the sidelines and think about the game. It’s a game of confidence.
Head to head
Total matches played: 26
RCB Won: 13
RR Won: 10
Kuldeep Sen: (On pressure) After my second game, I missed a couple of games as I suffered a side strain at the nets during practice. Watching Hazlewood and Siraj, I realized that the ball was stopping a bit. So the plan was to bowl hard lengths. The talks were about hitting the right lengths and preventing run-flow since we had seen that in the first innings.
Match Timings: 14:00 GMT | 19:30 Local
Umpires – Bruce Oxenford, KN Ananthapadmanabhan
TV Umpires – Ulhas Gandhe
Match Referee – Narayanan Kutty
Reserve Umpire – Saidharshan Kumar
Match number – Tata IPL 2022 – Seasone 15, 39th Match
Really great win looking at the start we had. It was looking dicey after the 15 overs and it was all thanks to a certain Riyan Parag. We have been backing him and he came in and showed the world how explosive he can be. We were 10-15 runs short with no dew and the wicket turning a bit. We were waiting for the back end of the batting order to go out and win matches. Almost everyone has put up a match-winning performance until now.
The chat before the second innings was that in a total like this and conditions like this, it is tough for batters to change gears. It was a matter of putting in pressure. We do make a couple of changes here and there based on the opponents and conditions. But it is important to give clarity to people who are being dropped. Credit to Karun to accept and understand that we needed Mitchell’s one over today and he can come in later.
The player of the match is Riyan Parag:
A little bit of satisfaction. The Royals have backed me for the last three years and I am paying off bit by bit. I love the pressure and try to showcase my abilities and do my best. During the timeout, we agreed on 140 to be a good score and we tried that and worked well in the end. Hasaranga’s second over to me, I wanted to target him but had to curtail it because we lost wickets and then go after Hazlewood and Harshal.