Rajasthan Royals topped the points table with a thrilling 3 run win over Lucknow Super Giants in the 20th match of IPL 2022. Apart from Rajasthan Royals, Kolkata Knight Riders, Gujarat Titans, Royal Challengers Bangalore and Lucknow Super Giants also have 6-6 points, but due to better run rate, Sanju Samson’s team is at the fore. Batting first, Rajasthan had set a target of 166 runs in front of Lucknow on the basis of Shimron Hetmyer’s half-century. In this match, which lasted till the last over, Lucknow could score only 162 runs for the loss of 8 wickets in 20 overs. Quinton de Kock scored 39 and Marcus Stoinis scored 38 * for Lucknow, while Yuzvendra Chahal took 4 wickets.
After losing the toss, Jos Buttler and Devdutt Padikkal (29) gave a good start to Rajasthan Royals and added 41 runs for the first wicket. Rajasthan got 3 more shocks back to back as soon as Butler (13) was dismissed. The score went from 41/1 to 67/4 in a few overs. At this difficult time, Ashwin supported Hetmyer and there was a partnership of 68 runs between the two. Ashwin retired after scoring 28 runs off 23 balls, while Hetmyer played an unbeaten innings of 59 runs off 36 balls with the help of 1 four and 6 sixes. Rajasthan could score 165 runs in 20 overs for the loss of 6 wickets. Holder and Gautam took 2 wickets each for Lucknow.
Trent Bold gave early setbacks to Lucknow Super Giants chasing the target. On the first ball of the innings, he dismissed captain KL Rahul for a golden duck, while on the second ball he showed the way to the pavilion by dismissing Gautam LBW. The third blow to Lucknow was given by the famous Krishna by dismissing Holder for a personal score of 8.
After losing three wickets in the beginning, Quinton de Kock got some support from Deepak Hooda, who scored 25 runs. After this, Krunal Pandya came and played an innings of 22 runs. At one time it seemed that Lucknow would easily lose this match, but then Stoinis scored 38 runs in 17 balls with the help of 2 fours and 4 sixes. In the last over, Lucknow needed 15 runs to win, but young fast bowler Kuldeep Sen took the match out for Rajasthan.