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Brief Scores: Rajasthan Royals 178/5 (20) beat Lucknow Super Giants 154/8 (20) by 24 runs.


Read play-by-play updates here.


This is what teamwork looks like. This is what an all-round performance feels like. Whether it was with the bat, with the ball, or on the field, the Royals turned up with a fire in their belly that lit up Mumbai’s Brabourne Stadium on a breezy Sunday night. With a comprehensive 24-run victory, they have completed the double over Lucknow Super Giants, moving to the second spot on the points table. This win also marks the team’s 100th victory in T20 cricket.


Earlier, the Royals were in for a pleasant surprise when their captain Sanju Samson won the toss (yes, he did!). The conditions looked perfect for batting and Sanju had no hesitation in opting to bat first. Jos Buttler fell early but that didn’t stop his partner Yashasvi Jaiswal from going berserk from the get-go. His aggressive batting worked wonders as we moved past the 50-run mark in the Powerplay. Yashasvi’s 29-ball 41 was well-supported by Sanju’s cameo and Devdutt Padikkal’s 18-ball 39, and it helped set the tone for a strong finish. Some useful runs from the lower order and a quickfire 9-ball 17 from Trent Boult eventually guided us to a competitive score of 178. 


The wicket was still fresh when the LSG batters walked out for the chase, but a menacing Boult came roaring and pegged them back with his twin strikes in the third over. Then came Prasidh Krishna, stifling KL Rahul with dot balls and forcing him into an erroneous shot to send him packing. By the end of the Powerplay, LSG were reeling at 34/3. Krunal Pandya and Deepak Hooda put up a partnership in the middle overs but it was Ravichandran Ashwin who broke the stand, and from thereon, their innings never really recovered. Marcus Stoinis held the fort at one end but it wasn’t enough as he ran out of partners, courtesy of an all-round bowling display from the Royals.


Let’s take a look at the key moments from this match:


The omnipresent Boult