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IPL 2022 – Rajasthan Royals vs Royal Challengers Bangalore Match 39 – Post Match Comments

Rajasthan Royals moved to the top of the points table after defeating Royal Challengers Bangalore by 29 runs in the 39th match of the IPL 2022 at the MCA in Pune. After winning the toss, Faf du Plessis chose the in-form Royals to bat first, and the strategy paid off as they held Sanju Samson and his men to 144 runs but were unable to chase it down. Jos Buttler, who has been in blistering form this season, was unable to demonstrate his prowess today.

However, skipper Samson’s 21-ball 27 put things in perspective for his team. Riyan Parag’s half-century (56 off 31 balls) helped the Royals break the 140-run barrier. Josh Hazlewood was outstanding once again for the Royal Challengers Bangalore today, picking up two wickets while giving only 4.80 runs. Mohammed Siraj and Wanindu Hasaranga each took two wickets.

When it came to the chase, an out-of-form Virat Kohli strolled down to begin the order for RCB, but he failed again, getting out for nine runs. While Kohli failed yet again, the rest of the batters followed in a similar fashion. Skipper Du Plessis’ 23 of 21 was the highest individual score from their end, and the red franchise’s woeful performance ended with 115 runs. Kuldeep Sen was a wonder with the ball, taking four wickets while conceding at 5.70. Ravi Ashwin, a seasoned campaigner, was victorious three times on the day.

The Rajasthan Royals emerged victoriously, and this is what the captains and the player of the match had to say.

Faf du Plessis (Royal Challengers Bangalore) – Losing Captain

 

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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 don’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 to 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 straight away 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 (Rajasthan Royals) – Winning Captain

 

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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 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.

 

Riyan Parag – Player of the Match

 

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A bit of satisfaction. The Royals have shown faith in me for the last three years, and I am paying them back bit by bit. I love the pressure and I am just showcasing my abilities. During the time-out, Sanga came out and we agreed that 140 was a good total on this wicket. We decided to go big in the last two overs. I wanted to target Hasaranga in his second over, but we lost wickets, so I had to strategize and go after Hazlewood and Harshal.