Emphatic win against Royals at home sets the tone for the playoffs!

THE SETTING

Despite the scorching heat, fans filled Kotla to the brim to witness our final home game of the season. It was important to get a win in our game against the Rajasthan Royals after the disappointing loss against Chennai at Chepauk.

Rajasthan Royals won the toss and decided to bat first.

THE PERFECT START

Our bowlers did a fantastic job. They put pressure on the RR batsmen from the word go. Boult bowled a tight first over while Ishant bowled the 2nd over and got us our first breakthrough in the form of the opposition skipper Ajinkya Rahane. He bowled a wonderfully disguised slower ball and Rahane's mistimed flick went straight into the safe hands of Dhawan at fine leg.

Ishant cleaned up Livingstone in the 4th over. The 30-year-old rolled his fingers across the ball and the slower ball did the trick again.

A mix up in the middle helped us in getting the third dismissal. Samson was run-out by Shaw. Ishant got his third wicket of the day in the form of Lomror, who was caught behind by Pant.

We put the Rajasthan batsmen under immense pressure early on. Our dominance was evident as the opposition scoreboard read just 30/4 at the end of the powerplay.

BOWLING MASTERCLASS

Amit Mishra and Axar Patel were brought into the attack after the powerplay and both bowled economically.

Furthermore, Keemo Paul conceded just 2 runs in the 11th over. This set the stage for Mishra to come in and bowl aggressively in the 12th over. Smart bowling from him helped get Shreyas Gopal stumped too.

Stuart Binny was caught behind for a golden duck on the 3rd ball and Mishra almost got a hat trick on the next one. Gowtham skied the ball high but Boult could not complete the catch.

Nonetheless, Mishra got the wicket of Gowtham, his third, in the 14th over. Krishnappa tried to hit a tossed-up delivery for a maximum but was easily caught out by Ishant at long off.

THE TARGET

Riyan Parag was the only Rajasthan batsman who could make a significant impact with the bat. His fifty helped the team to a total of 115/9 in 20 overs.

Meanwhile, Trent Boult also got the wickets of Ish Sodhi and Parag. With these, he reached the milestone of 100 T20 wickets.

THE CHASE BEGINS

Shikhar Dhawan played a few wonderful strokes but was back in the pavilion early. He was caught by Parag at mid-on in the 4th over. Ish Sodhi got another wicket on the very next ball when Prithvi Shaw chopped one right onto the stumps.

It was not the start we were looking for, but the boys played with maturity. Pant and Shreyas Iyer were in the middle now. Our skipper smashed Sodhi for a couple of sixes in the 6th over. He reached the milestone of 50 sixes in T20s in 2019. Furthermore, Pant also smashed Parag for two maximums.

Just when our boys had started to accelerate, we lost another wicket. Shreyas Gopal tossed one up in the slot in the 8th over and it was there to hit. However, Iyer mistimed this one and was caught at long on.

We required 46 runs from the final 10 overs with 7 wickets in hand. Ingram and Pant played with a little caution and rotated the strike to keep the scoreboard ticking.

THE STYLISH FINISH

Rishabh Pant played an exceptionally well-timed knock. Our young wicketkeeper-batsman took his time to settle in and then finished the game off for us as the joy on the faces of supporters at #QilaKotla knew no bounds!

He hit Aaron for a four and a six in the 15th over. Pant got us the win in style by smashing Sodhi’s first ball of the 17th over for a six. With this massive hit, the 21-year-old also got to a well-deserved fifty.

We move to the 2nd spot of the IPL table with 18 points and the match between Mumbai Indians and Kolkata Knight Riders will decide our eventual position in the table.

THE QUOTE

"I am always happy whenever I am taking my team home. It's special when you finish the match. We're happy to play any team in the playoffs. We just want to win." - Rishabh Pant

Emphatic win against Royals at home sets the tone for the playoffs!

THE SETTING

Despite the scorching heat, fans filled Kotla to the brim to witness our final home game of the season. It was important to get a win in our game against the Rajasthan Royals after the disappointing loss against Chennai at Chepauk.

Rajasthan Royals won the toss and decided to bat first.

THE PERFECT START

Our bowlers did a fantastic job. They put pressure on the RR batsmen from the word go. Boult bowled a tight first over while Ishant bowled the 2nd over and got us our first breakthrough in the form of the opposition skipper Ajinkya Rahane. He bowled a wonderfully disguised slower ball and Rahane's mistimed flick went straight into the safe hands of Dhawan at fine leg.

Ishant cleaned up Livingstone in the 4th over. The 30-year-old rolled his fingers across the ball and the slower ball did the trick again.

A mix up in the middle helped us in getting the third dismissal. Samson was run-out by Shaw. Ishant got his third wicket of the day in the form of Lomror, who was caught behind by Pant.

We put the Rajasthan batsmen under immense pressure early on. Our dominance was evident as the opposition scoreboard read just 30/4 at the end of the powerplay.

BOWLING MASTERCLASS

Amit Mishra and Axar Patel were brought into the attack after the powerplay and both bowled economically.

Furthermore, Keemo Paul conceded just 2 runs in the 11th over. This set the stage for Mishra to come in and bowl aggressively in the 12th over. Smart bowling from him helped get Shreyas Gopal stumped too.

Stuart Binny was caught behind for a golden duck on the 3rd ball and Mishra almost got a hat trick on the next one. Gowtham skied the ball high but Boult could not complete the catch.

Nonetheless, Mishra got the wicket of Gowtham, his third, in the 14th over. Krishnappa tried to hit a tossed-up delivery for a maximum but was easily caught out by Ishant at long off.

THE TARGET

Riyan Parag was the only Rajasthan batsman who could make a significant impact with the bat. His fifty helped the team to a total of 115/9 in 20 overs.

Meanwhile, Trent Boult also got the wickets of Ish Sodhi and Parag. With these, he reached the milestone of 100 T20 wickets.

THE CHASE BEGINS

Shikhar Dhawan played a few wonderful strokes but was back in the pavilion early. He was caught by Parag at mid-on in the 4th over. Ish Sodhi got another wicket on the very next ball when Prithvi Shaw chopped one right onto the stumps.

It was not the start we were looking for, but the boys played with maturity. Pant and Shreyas Iyer were in the middle now. Our skipper smashed Sodhi for a couple of sixes in the 6th over. He reached the milestone of 50 sixes in T20s in 2019. Furthermore, Pant also smashed Parag for two maximums.

Just when our boys had started to accelerate, we lost another wicket. Shreyas Gopal tossed one up in the slot in the 8th over and it was there to hit. However, Iyer mistimed this one and was caught at long on.

We required 46 runs from the final 10 overs with 7 wickets in hand. Ingram and Pant played with a little caution and rotated the strike to keep the scoreboard ticking.

THE STYLISH FINISH

Rishabh Pant played an exceptionally well-timed knock. Our young wicketkeeper-batsman took his time to settle in and then finished the game off for us as the joy on the faces of supporters at #QilaKotla knew no bounds!

He hit Aaron for a four and a six in the 15th over. Pant got us the win in style by smashing Sodhi’s first ball of the 17th over for a six. With this massive hit, the 21-year-old also got to a well-deserved fifty.

We move to the 2nd spot of the IPL table with 18 points and the match between Mumbai Indians and Kolkata Knight Riders will decide our eventual position in the table.

THE QUOTE

"I am always happy whenever I am taking my team home. It's special when you finish the match. We're happy to play any team in the playoffs. We just want to win." - Rishabh Pant

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