Pune| Riyan Parag’s unbeaten half-century and fine fielding and Kuldeep Sen’s four-wicket haul helped Rajasthan Royals thrash Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) by 29 runs in the Indian Premier League (IPL) here on Tuesday in a continuous losing streak against their rivals. broke. After losing the toss, Rajasthan could manage only 144 runs for eight wickets despite Parag’s unbeaten half-century.
However, this score also turned like a mountain for RCB and their team was reduced to 115 runs in 19.3 overs. This is Rajasthan’s first win against RCB after losing five matches in a row since 2020. This is his sixth win in eight matches in the current IPL and he has reached the top with 12 points.
This is RCB’s fourth loss in nine matches. Parag scored an unbeaten 56 off 31 balls which included three fours and four sixes. Captain Sanju Samson scored 27 runs in 21 balls.
There were no fours or sixes in the middle of 44 balls but Parag’s efforts made 30 runs in the last two overs. Parag also took four excellent catches later. Fast bowler Sen took four wickets for 20 runs, which is the best performance of his career. Veteran off-spinner Ashwin contributed three for 17 while the famous Krishna contributed two for 23 in Rajasthan’s victory.
RCB bowlers also bowled well. Josh Hazlewood (2 for 19), Wanindu Hasaranga (2 for 23) and Mohammad Siraj (2 for 30) were the most successful bowlers from his side but their fielding was not good. Hasaranga gave life to Parag on his personal total of 32 runs. The RCB batsmen also did not play. Only four of his batsmen reached double digits. He scored 37 for the loss of Virat Kohli (nine) in the powerplay, which was reduced to 37 for three in the next over.
Sen created a ruckus in the RCB camp by sending skipper Faf du Plessis (23 off 21 balls) and Glenn Maxwell (nil) to the pavilion in successive deliveries. Kohli, who was dismissed on the first ball in the last two matches, came out as an opener. He hit two fours on Trent Boult but Krishna’s ball after kissing his bat hit the helmet and ended up in Parag’s hands at backward point.
Du Plessis at cover while Maxwell took a simple catch at slips. Ashwin took his 150th wicket in IPL by bowling Rajat Patidar (16) and got Suyash Prabhudesai (2) caught near the boundary line. Now the underdog was on Dinesh Karthik (six), but Shahbaz Ahmed sent him back half the pitch and got him run out. Yuzvendra Chahal was run out after missing the first. Shahbaz could only score 17 runs in 27 balls. Parag took his best catch and got Ashwin the third wicket. Sen took the wickets of Hasaranga (18) and Harshal Patel (eight) to complete the feat of taking four wickets in the match. Earlier, Rajasthan lost three wickets in the powerplay, including in-form Jos Buttler, who managed only eight runs.
Devdutt Padikkal (7) was the first batsman to be dismissed as Siraj greeted Siraj with a beautiful six. However, this fast bowler got him out leg before immediately. ,
Ravichandran Ashwin (17 runs in nine balls), who came out as a ‘pinch hitter’, tried to prove his role by hitting four fours on Siraj but he returned to the pavilion by giving a catch to the same bowler in the air. Hazlewood got RCB the precious wicket of Butler, who gave a simple catch to Siraj at mid-on in an attempt to pull the short pitch ball. Rajasthan scored 43 for three in the powerplay. Samson adopted a strategy to spoil the momentum of the spinners of RCB. He started with a six off leg-spinner Hasranga and then hit left-arm spinner Shahbaz Ahmed (35 runs in three overs) for two consecutive sixes.
Samson, however, could not maintain his momentum and he soon dislocated his off-stump in an attempt to reverse sweep Hasranga in a careless manner.
Daryl Mitchell (16) faced 24 balls but he could not get the ball to the boundary line even once. Under this pressure, he rewarded Hazlewood with his wicket. Shimron Hetmyer also tried to end the ‘boundary drought’ as Hasranga’s ball waved in the air and caught his way to the pavilion.
Parag, however, hit a six and a four off Hazlewood in the 19th over and four and two sixes in the last over of Harshal Patel to take Rajasthan to a respectable score.