IPL 2019, RR vs KXIP: Uncapped players’ performances

IPL 2019, RR vs KXIP: Uncapped players' performances

The fourth game of the Indian Premier League between Rajasthan Royals and Kings XI Punjab ended in controversy as Ravichandran Ashwin was called out for his unsporting gesture when he mankaded Jos Buttler. 

The incident, which occurred in the 13th over of the second innings, stalled the momentum and the home team could not recover as they lost the game by 14 runs.

Chasing 185 for a win, Rajasthan were led bravely by Ajinkya Rahane and Buttler, before the middle order failed to capitalize on the good start. As many as five uncapped players took the field today, and here is a recap of their performance.

Sarfaraz Khan

The former RCB player was not retained by the Kohli-led franchise and the pressure was on the young star to showcase his skills once again on the big stage. Coming in to bat at number 4, when the scorecard read 60 for 2, Sarfaraz had to face some fine bowling from Dhawal Kulkarni upfront but soon got into the groove with a splendid uppercut that raced away to the boundary. It was mayhem thereafter as he raced away to 46 balls in only 29 deliveries with the help of six fours and a six. What stood out through the innings was the player’s risk-taking abilities – something that had fetched him rave reviews when he was in the RCB camp.

His four in the last over – when he went for a scoop – remained as the shot of the match. His innings helped Punjab cross the 180-run mark, which proved to be match-winning in the end.

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Ankit Rajpoot

Rajpoot was one of the three Punjab bowlers who ended with two wickets – he conceded 33 runs in his 4 overs whilst picking up Gowtham and Jaydev Unadkat. Rajpoot was initially in the line of attack by a roaring Buttler, who smashed the pacer for three fours in four deliveries. The bowler was not particularly making mistakes, but the might of Buttler was such that even the best of bowlers would have struggled. He did bowl two no-balls in succession to Steve Smith but settled down soon after as he scalped two wickets in two deliveries in the last over to hand Punjab their first ever win at Jaipur.

Rahul Tripathi

Tripathi’s contribution in the match was limited as he could score only a solitary run before being dismissed by Mujeeb ur Rahman.

Krishnappa Gowtham

Gowtham could not contribute much with the bat – scoring 3 runs in 4 deliveries but did pick up a wicket with the cherry in hand. Opening the bowling for Rajasthan Royals, he was punished first-up for bowling a ball that had flight on offer to Mayank Agarwal, who sent it soaring above the ropes. He did get his wicket eventually, but not before he had been centered around by Gayle for a six. He conceded 32 runs in his quota of overs.

Shreyas Gopal

With Gayle in fine form and with the West Indian’s love for right-arm leg-break bowlers, Rahane kept Gopal away from the attack till after the Universal Boss’ dismissal. Hence he could bowl only one over, where he gave away 5 runs. He could not contribute with the bat as well, scoring 1 run.

IPL Match 51, Post-Match Analysis: RCB secure a 14-run victory over SRH


IPL 2018 Highlights| Match 51 | RCB vs SRH: Royal Challengers Bangalore have found new life in this IPL season with their win against the table-toppers Sunrisers Hyderabad last night by 14 runs. 

Placed fifth with 12 points, RCB’s two consecutive wins have made them real contenders to the playoffs. 

Placed to bat, RCB posted a massive 218 runs with AB de Villiers‘ 69 off 39 and Moeen Ali’s 65 off 35. The team opened with Parthiv Patel (1) and Virat Kohli (12), both of whom were taken out within powerplay. The team lost Patel cheaply in the first over to Sandeep Sharma and Kohli to Rashid Khan‘s well-placed ball to the wickets in the fifth over. They only managed 44 runs in the power-play and things weren’t looking good for the team. AB de Villiers (69) and Moeen Ali (65) came in to replace them and man, oh, man, did they make an entrance? With a partnership of 107 runs off 57 balls, they pushed the score to 145 runs for three. De Villiers’ cameo was laced with 12 boundaries and 1 Super Six (105 m).  Rashid Khan, however, then struck the gold mine as he dismissed both Villiers and Moeen within the same over. Colin de Grandhomme then made a 40-run cameo off 17 runs while Sarfaraz Khan’s undefeated 22 off 8 ended the game at 218 runs for six. 

SRH did not live up to its name of having the best bowling attack yesterday with Basil Thampi going wicket-less and conceding 70 runs in his four overs. This is the most number of runs ever let slip by a bowler in an innings in the history of IPL. Rashid Khan took out three consecutive crucial wickets and conceded only 27 runs during his bowling quota. Siddharth Kaul dismissed de Grandhomme and Mandeep Singh but let go of 44 runs. Even Shakib Al Hasan was no match to the ferocious RCB last night. 

With a target of 219 to chase, Shikhar Dhawan (18) and Alex Hales (37) opened for the Kane Williamson-side side. Yuzvendra Chahal then bowled and caught Dhawan, ending his batting cameo in five overs. Hales was having a great run as De Villiers pulled off a one-handed catch off Moeen Ali to dismiss him. RCB seemed to have the match in their grip as Kane Williamson’s 81 off 42 and Manish Pandey’s undefeated 62 off 38 almost blew them off their feet. Mohammed Siraj then saved the day as he dismissed Williamson at a crucial phase. Tim Southee’s death over bowling secured a win for the team as they restricted SRH to six runs in the sixteenth over. He came back in the eighteenth to place a 20-run target in the last over. 

Kane Williamson’s 81 runs pushed his total run score past the 600-limit and have placed him second to the orange cap, right under KL Rahul.

Chahal, Siraj, and Moeen took one wicket each at crucial periods which made all the difference. Tim Southee conceded the most number of runs among the RCB bowlers but his performance during the death overs secured the team their much-needed win. 

This last over win has pushed RCB all the way to fifth place while the defeat has not made much of a difference to SRH’s position. RCB will now head to Jaipur for their match against the Rajasthan Royals tomorrow with great confidence to secure another victory in order to have a chance at the playoffs. SRH also has a game tomorrow as they face the Kolkata Knight Riders at Hyderabad. 

IPL Match 45, Pre-Match Analysis: Battle for pride between RCB and DD!


IPL 2018 | Match 45 | DD vs RCB: Delhi Daredevils and Royal Challengers Bangalore clash tonight in a knock-out tournament at Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi. This match will decide the fate of the teams this season with both in the position of needing wins and nothing less from all their remaining games. Both teams have placed at the bottom of the table and are struggling to gain footing and rise back up. 

RCB has strong batting power and as of late, sufficient bowling strength as well while DD hasn’t had any massive wins with Shreyas Iyer single-handedly trying to pull the team back on their feet. However, RCB hasn’t been able to execute good effort on both fronts and have faced too many last-over defeats. So this is a match of equals.

DD might bring back their trump card, Gautam Gambhir, who had disappeared from the matches after his stepping down as captain. Desperate times call for desperate measures? However, this team needs more ammunition on the bowling front with Prithvi Shaw, Iyer and Rishabh Pant already taking over the batting side. The likes of Trent Boult and Glenn Maxwell were to lead that area and Boult has delivered, however, Maxwell hasn’t been much of a “Big Show” this season. Maxwell may be facing replacement in this crucial match.

There have been no consistent performances in RCB with only Virat Kohli having a decent outing so far. At times, he has the support of AB de Villiers who if he delivers, he delivers massively. The likes of Quinton de Kock, Brendon McCullum, Sarfaraz Khan have all been a flop. Kohli will need to discipline the team into the capable bunch they are as they have no space left for mistakes now.

Will RCB finally rise out of the ashes and make a comeback? Or will DD’s luck turn around tonight? Watch to find out.