Mumbai, April 10: A brilliant late attack from Shimron Hetmyer (59 not out of 36 balls) and a tactical change from R Ashwin, who became the first player in IPL history to retire, helped Rajasthan Royals to a modest 165/6 in 20 overs in Match. IPL 2022 at Wankhede Stadium, here on Sunday.
Hetmyer and Ashwin were going strong having rescued Rajasthan Royals from 4-67 to 135 in the 19th when Ashwin, after singleing off Avesh Khan, ran to the bench and Riyan Parag, considered a better finisher, entered the field. .
But it was Heymyer who took advantage of the situation, hitting Khan with the deep toe and midwicket on successive balls as Rajasthan Royals made a late charge to a respectable total. Hetmyer and Ashwin added 68 runs for the 51-ball fifth wicket as they revived the Royals’ innings.
In the final over, Hetmyer hit Jason Holder with a huge six on a slow full pitch and Parag repeated the act on another full pitch before being caught by K Gowtham at the leg limit on a slow rebound from Holder off a delivery. more to enter. the match. Rajasthan finally put up a decent total, but whether that would be enough remains to be seen.
Earlier, Rajasthan opened their batting with Jos Buttler and Devdutt Padikkal and they got them off to a decent start, taking them to 42 before Buttler went out, giving LSG their first big break. Pacer Avesh Khan castled the English batsman on the first ball of his spell as he bowled full around the stump. Buttler, who had hit a century earlier in the tournament, missed completely and crashed into the stumps.
Skipper Sanju Samson (13), Rassie van der Dussen (4) and Padikkal, who lived a charmed life as he treated Bishnoi to successive ball limits before falling on the next spinner, and from 1-42, Rajasthan Royals were slumped to 67/4 with Krishnappa Gowtham picking a pair of wickets and Avesh Khan and Jason Holder bagging one apiece.
Ashwin and Hetmyer resurrected the innings and then unleashed some excellent shots to add 68 runs for the fifth wicket.
Short scores: Rajasthan Royals 165/6 in 20 overs (Devdutt Padikkal 29, Shimron Hetmyer 59 not out, R Ashwin 28; K Gowtham 2/30, Jason Holder 2/48).