Yuzvendra Chahal: We are working on our death bowling and the talks are that the batters who get start bat long. I have never won the Purple Cap, but I haven’t thought about it. The focus is on doing well for any team I play for. I Hope Jos Buttler does well because then he makes life difficult for the opposition. The relationship with Kuldeep Yadav started in 2012 with Mumbai Indians. It always helps to talk with a player who is around. Our brotherhood grew strong when we did well together for India. I always wish the best for him because we need him.
Aaron Finch: My game has been a hit and a miss so far. I am focusing on trying to hit straight and stay on a bit longer. I work with David Hussey, and Brendon McCullum and get honest feedback. T20 is a brutal game for batters and bowlers and you have to be honest with yourself to be successful. You have to understand the strength and weaknesses of your partner, so opening combination matters. It comes down to communication and being a bit vulnerable in expressing yourself in order to tackle the opposition bowlers.
Shimron Hetmyer: It’s about just giving myself the chance. For the first two years, I didn’t really give myself a chance for the base to get set. This year and in the last year, I said to myself to give myself a chance to know what the conditions are doing before getting going. My wife has been my biggest coach and my harshest critic and she told me to give myself a couple of balls to judge what’s happening and then take off. [On learnings from Buttler] I want to learn how to reverse-sweep from Jos Buttler. I am practicing that in the nets but only getting hit. And the scoop also. When I am batting with him, he makes things easier. Thank god I am not a bowler bowling at the Wankhede, it’s a good ground for batters.
Rajasthan Royals vs Kolkata Knight Riders Highlights today, Monday 2-5-2022. 47th Match (N), Tata Indian Premier League from Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai.
KKR win the toss and choose to bowl first.
“The target is to seal the close games,” says Shreyas before confirming that Anukul Roy replaces Venkatesh Iyer while Shivam Mavi also comes in for Harshit Rana. “Looking to win some tosses,” jokes RR captain Sanju Samson. And he states that conditions have made them bring Karun Nair in for Daryll Mitchell.
Rajasthan Royals team: Jos Buttler, Devdutt Padikkal, Sanju Samson (capt, wk), Karun Nair, Shimron Hetmyer, Riyan Parag, Ravichandran Ashwin, Trent Boult, Prasidh Krishna, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Sen
Kolkata Knight Riders team: Aaron Finch, Anukul Roy, Shreyas Iyer (capt), Baba Indrajith (wk), Nitish Rana, Andre Russell, Rinku Singh, Sunil Narine, Umesh Yadav, Tim Southee, Shivam Mavi
Sanju Samson: “I think the wicket was a bit slow and they bowled really well, but with the batting we have I would have liked to score a few more boundaries at the end. I think we were short 15-20 runs. I have had a niggle the last few games but I’m recovering well and [my back] is fine. It was a great effort [in the field]. With the bowling and fielding, we showed some real fight. The body language and energy were amazing. I think we could have batted a bit better and won the toss next time for sure. I think you have to keep on assessing the game and who is batting with you. Wickets at intervals, that’s what stopped me to keep going with momentum. When I wanted to go hard, they bowled really well and we couldn’t execute our shots.”
Head to head
Total matches played: 26
RR Won: 12
KKR Won: 13
Shreyas Iyer: “Right from the Powerplay, when the bowlers came in and conceded around 36 runs in the Powerplay and got a wicket, that was the start we needed. [On Umesh Yadav] The way he’s bowling those hard lengths, he’s increased his pace definitely. It’s really tough to bat against him in the nets. He’s got a set of plans which is really hard to read. As a captain, you just have to give him the ball and he’s always up to execute things. [On Sunil Narine] He’s a great asset to the team. Whenever I give him the ball, he’s ready to give me wickets. He turns out to be a very economical bowler at the same time.
If he gets a wicket, he gets a big one. [On Rinku Singh] I was talking to my teammates in the dressing room and was like, the way he’s maintaining his calm even in such pressure situations playing his second or third game, it’s outstanding. Building that partnership with Nitish Rana in that situation, it’s something we have to praise and he’s a great asset for the future in the franchise. The way he has given starts right from the first game, he doesn’t look like a newcomer in the team. We are looking for a great start. Every time I have to go in and build a partnership… I really love pressure but in every game, it really sweats out a lot of me.”
Match Timings: 14:00 GMT | 19:30 Local
Umpires – Jayaraman Madanagopal, Nitin Pandit
TV Umpires – Chris Gaffaney
Match Referee – Shakti Singh
Reserve Umpire – Tapan Sharma
Match number – Tata IPL 2022 – Seasone 15, 47th Match
Rinku Singh is Player of the Match: [Translated from Hindi] “Rinku Singh: I am the first to play IPL from Aligarh, though many have played Ranji Trophy. There is pressure in the IPL that is not there much in First Class. It’s been five years; I haven’t been getting chances regularly. Feels good to contribute now. Baz told me to finish the game and so did Nitish Rana.”
KKR coach Brendon McCullum:
“Five [losses] on the bounce is no easy feat to pull yourselves out of. I just have to compliment all the guys within the group. I know it’s the first year for all the guys in this team but the guys have stuck really close and we could have easily been on the other side of two or three of those games. It’s not easy to keep the faith sometimes but the boys are able to do it and tonight was a fantastic performance from a couple of guys who are very good friends in particular. Nitish Rana and Rinku Singh will grow so much from that performance. We had guys who arrived late, a couple of injuries, and a couple of guys who lost form and confidence as well.
So there’s a myriad of reasons
why we’ve had to make as many changes as we’ve had. Tonight, with Anukul coming into the side because of the nature of the wicket meant that we had to adjust our balance again and we wanted five bowlers. Mavi on this wicket has a good record. It’s certainly not my way to keep chopping and changing, but sometimes you have to make the calls that you think are right. [On Rinku Singh] He’s an amazing story. He’s been around the franchise now for a long period of time. Before the first game that he played, I was lucky enough to spend a little bit of time with him. He knew for his own self-worth and his own career, that he needed to make a statement in this competition. He was able to do it in the first game.
He’s such a great team man,
a wonderful human being, and the real vibe and culture of the group is set by Rinku. His older brother and Nitish Rana as well were out there with him and I think that gave him great confidence. Some players just deserve to have things go their way and Rinku is one of them. [On Anukul Roy] He was brilliant, again one of those guys who has been around IPL cricket for a long time without a whole lot of opportunities. But similar to Rinku, he carries himself so well and is able to contribute to the team, even if he’s not playing on the field. It was great to see him get an opportunity tonight and I think he’s got a big future in front of him.”