Riyan has played 5 matches this season. During this, he has scored 54 runs, while the best score has been 20 runs. He scored 7 against Sunrisers Hyderabad, 20 against Punjab, 7 against Delhi, 5 against Gujarat and 15 not out against Lucknow, but could not win his team. In this regard, Rajasthan Royals head coach Kumar Sangakkara believes that his openers gave the team a good start while chasing the target, but in the last overs, their batsmen could not dominate the bowlers of Lucknow Supergiants, due to which they had to face defeat. had to face
Kumar Sangakkara agreed that the batsman failed in the last over
Chasing Lucknow at 154 for seven, Rajasthan got off to a good start with Yashasvi Jaiswal (44) and Jos Buttler (40) adding 87 runs for the first wicket. Rajasthan, however, lost wickets quickly after that and their team had to face defeat by 10 runs. Sangakkara said after the match, ‘Our openers played really well and when the 12th over ended, we needed eight runs per over and we had enough wickets. It was not difficult to reach the target then.
He said, ‘Unfortunately we lost three wickets in three overs but even then we could have achieved the target. In the last over, especially Ravi Vishnoi’s last over, we didn’t show enough commitment to dominate the bowler. Even then if a batsman was out, it would not have affected. Sangakkara said, ‘It was not easy to bat on this wicket after the ball got old but he bowled very well.’
Lucknow pacer Avesh Khan took three wickets for 25 runs and defended 19 runs well in the last over. He said that after not being able to score big, his team’s strategy was to drag the match till the last ball, in which they were successful. Avesh said, ‘Our score in the power play was not good. Even in the last overs of the innings, we were not able to score fast. But when we started bowling, it was not easy to bat on this wicket as it was not getting bounce. So we decided to stick to our strategy. ‘ He said, ‘We all know that in IPL one over turns the match, so we tried to drag the match as far as possible.’
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