KL Rahul: It was a gettable target, a good pitch. The new ball was assisting the bowlers. We were good with the ball, the batting group has not performed collectively in a few games. We have to go back and get better. The pitch at Pune was harder. This was a better pitch.There was seam movement earlier and they bowled well. Losing two wickets was bad, we’ve lost games because of that before. So we need to find ways to get a good start when there is a movement with the ball. Executing what we want is the aim. Holding our nerve and giving ourselves a chance to play out the new ball or play out a good spell. There’s often enough time to make up and go big from there.
Sanju Samson: This win was satisfying. The atmosphere is chilled and nice, it’s not easy to maintain it when there are losses and we have done it well. Batting first suits our approach well, we want to bat positively and the bowling unit is good as well. (On returning to a conventional batting order) Decisions are judged by results, Ashwin did well last game as well. (On fielding) The intensity in the field was good. Special mention to Neesham who brought a lot of energy. (On using Ashwin in different phases) The bonus of having quality spinners is you can use them anywhere. (On speaking Tamil in the middle) I do speak a lot of Tamil, speak to friends and watch movies. (On batting approach) Every batter played well without complicating or analyzing too much. So we did well despite being a batter short.
Trent Boult, POTM for his 2 for 18 and 17* (9): Happy to get swing, some days are better than others. I’m happy with the wickets. I have a simple game with the ball, I try to pitch it up and am happy to swing it. But not happy at no. 8 but we’ll see how it goes there. Neesham’s catch was good, and the intensity in the field was high. It’s nice to be on the right side of the result. I’m not surprised that today’s four was my first but I’m discussing my batting at a press conference which I didn’t think would happen. It’s a tough place to bowl, foreign for me. It offers a lot of learnings and opportunities, and this is an exciting tournament to be a part of.
KL Rahul says he would’ve liked to bowl first anyway. He says they accepted the mistakes from the last game and will look to bat smartly.
Sanju Samson says the choice to bat is because that’s been their strength. The changes are to find the best combinations for the game. He says losses are bound to happen but a balanced mental state is important, and that that’s been the focus and not the results.
Toss: Royals chose to bat.
Rajasthan Royals team: 1 Jos Buttler, 2 Yashasvi Jaiswal, 3 Sanju Samson (capt & wk), 4 Devdutt Padikkal, 5 James Neesham, 6 Riyan Parag, 7 R Ashwin, 8 Trent Boult, 9 Prasidh Krishna, 10 Yuzvendra Chahal, 11 Obed McCoy
Lucknow Super Giants team: 1 Quinton de Kock (wk), 2 KL Rahul (capt), 3 Deepak Hooda, 4 Marcus Stoinis, 5 Ayush Badoni, 6 Krunal Pandya, 7 Jason Holder, 8 Avesh Khan, 9 Dushmantha Chameera 10 Ravi Bishnoi, 11 Mohsin Khan
Rajasthan Royals vs Lucknow Super Giants Highlights today, Sunday 15-5-2022. 63rd Match (N), Tata Indian Premier League from Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai.
Head to head
Total matches played: 1
RR Won: 1
LSG Won: 0
Match Timings: 14:00 GMT | 19:30 Local
Umpires – Pashchim Pathak, Tapan Sharma
TV Umpires – Bruce Oxenford
Match Referee – Prakash Bhatt
Reserve Umpire – Yeshwant Barde
Match number – Tata IPL 2022 – Seasone 15, 63rd Match