In what can be said as a brilliant comeback, Rajasthan defeated Bangalore by 29 runs to claim their sixth win in the Indian T20 League 2022. Rajasthan were not defending a big score (144) yet the team looked confident and made Bangalore work for every run. The bowlers spitted venom with their bowling and didn’t allow Bangalore any breather.
Bangalore, after a horror batting show against Hyderabad, where they were bowled out for 68, once again looked clueless with their batting approach and were bowled out for 115. None of the Bangalore batters looked in any sort of control. Meanwhile, the credit must go to the Rajasthan bowlers. Prasidh Krishna gave Rajasthan an early breakthrough in form of Virat Kohli (9) before Kuldeep Sen removed Faf du Plessis (23) and Glenn Maxwell (0) of consecutive balls to leave Bangalore reeling at 37-3.
The team could not recover from the blows and lost by 29 runs. Kuldeep Sen took 4 wickets for Rajasthan while Ashwin was fantastic and picked 3-17. Earlier, Rajasthan also struggled with the bat. They were 110-7 in the 18th over before Riyan Parag hit some lusty blows, reaching his half-century in the process. He made 56 in 31 balls, with three fours and four sixes.
Faf du Plessis:Â It’s pretty similar to the previous game we played, there is a little bit of inconsistent bounce. We gave 20 runs too many and the dropped catch cost us 25. 140 was a par score on that pitch. That’s the thing we need to fix [the top-order batting]. The basics of the game doesn’t change. You needed someone in the top four to bat through and we have not done it. We have to try to change the batting order and see if that works. We have try and play positively. That’s what we discussed after the last game, trying to get the best out of him [on Kohli]. Great players go through these things. Great players go through phases like this. We wanted him to get in straightaway so that he doesn’t sit on the sidelines and think about the game. He is a great player and we still back him to turn it around and hopefully it’s around the corner. It’s a game of confidence.
Sanju Samson:Â It is a really great win. After the start in the first 15 overs, we had real belief and trust in someone called Riyan Parag. We have been backing him for the last three-four years and he just showed it to the world today. I thought we were 10-15 runs short with no dew in the second innings. The pitch was turning and was two-paced, so 150-160 would have been a good total. It was something we were waiting for, for the back end of our batting to win us matches. Almost everyone has put up a match-winning performance so far. The chat we had just before the second innings, was that when you are chasing 200 there is only one gear. But for such totals like 150, it was only a matter of putting pressure as the batsmen had to change gears. The dressing room atmosphere is really important. We make a couple of changes according to the wicket and the opponent, but the communication is very important. Karun, for example, was left out just because we needed that one over from Daryl Mitchell, and he understands that, and he can come back in later.
Here are some of the hilarious memes shared by the fans during the match.
Rajasthan Royals right now pic.twitter.com/fiVy3ZdvKI
— Sagar (@sagarcasm) April 26, 2022
"A finer kit you'll never see, A finer team there'll never be…" pic.twitter.com/xrGJP2abph
— Heisenberg â˜¢ (@internetumpire) April 26, 2022
Ab jeet sakte hai ðŸ˜ŠðŸ˜Ž pic.twitter.com/fTIFf9sBk2
— Desi Bhayo (@desi_bhayo88) April 26, 2022
*school bell rang everyone left the school*
5th class Section-A and Section-B boys in school ground : pic.twitter.com/lc3tbBhFf6
— Sai Theja (@csaitheja) April 26, 2022
— Sumit Mishra (@SumitLinkedIn) April 26, 2022
— Aalsi ladki ðŸ‡®ðŸ‡³ (@lazyy_girll) April 26, 2022
Chahal *takes a wicket*
Dhanashree *dancing in the stands*
Opposition Batsman walking to the pavilion: pic.twitter.com/eU9Z7h5fYJ
— Pakchikpak Raja Babu (@HaramiParindey) April 26, 2022
— Manya (@CSKian716) April 26, 2022
main net practice ke time hi mast 5-6 photos khinchwa leta hoon.. match mein toh itna time hi nahin milta na lara bhai pic.twitter.com/ikis69YicZ
— Arun Lol (@dhaikilokatweet) April 26, 2022
he is rethinking his whole life pic.twitter.com/ZOr6058yFE
— Vigilante (@vigil_nte) April 26, 2022