All the color, statistics and analyzes of the 32nd match of the IPL 2021
The Rajasthan Royals, ranked third from the bottom, are already without several English stars such as Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer, but they have Liam Livingstone, Evin Lewis and Tabraiz Shamsi to replace them. On Tuesday night, Sanju Samson’s side face the Punjab Kings of KL Rahul, ranked one place below. Follow ESPNcricinfo’s bullet-by-bullet comments here. And our Hindi coverage here.
If you’re in the US, you can watch today’s game on ESPN +, in English, as well as Hindi.
Kings, Arshdeep looks majestic to death
Lomror threatened to rampage beyond 50 and take the Royals beyond 200 with him. But Arshdeep continues to slow his momentum with another pothole every time the Royals want to put him down on the accelerator. Lomror is caught mis-timing a path to Markram on the ground. The South African remains busy catching two more long- and long-range catches from Shami’s bowling alley as the Royals’ limits continue to dry up in the waning phases of this round. Arshdeep followed him by claiming a chance to ski his own bowling alley for a career-best fourth IPL wicket. But he hasn’t finished. A Yorker slammed into the stumps on the last ball of the inning and capped a first five-wicket IPL transport for Arshdeep Singh. The Royals are all out for 185. Only 17 go from the last three overs for the Royals to step into the finish line.
Who says players don’t watch the scoreboard?
And is there such a thing as the nervous 40’s? Jaiswal was playing very confidently in his first 10 overs at the crease, hitting 40 on 26 balls with five fours and two sixes. But he spent what seemed like an eternity in the 1940s as Livingstone and then Mahipal Lomror continued to dawn on the border at the opposite end of the field. As nerves continued to mount, the inevitable happened. A leading edge floating to extra cover where Mayank Agarwal pulls out a pin to pop another party balloon.
The box office works almost to the advantage of the Royals. Now that Jaiswal is gone, so are the nudging and nrdling in the 40s. Lomror just hammered Deepak Hooda for two sixes and a pair of fours in a 16th of 24 points before the last strategic timeout. .
Liam Livingstone looked like he was in the mood for a big score after crossing a limit and then lifting a six on the front of Arshdeep’s upper deck in the 12th. But Fabian Allen resumed his exploits in the CPL and West Indies color field with a superman cape effort flying along the boundary in the middle of the wicket to intercept another potential boundary. Arshdeep sends Livingstone a kiss to send him on his way. Meanwhile, Jaiswal is closing in on a prime IPL fifty.
Arshdeep blows out an opening candle
The Kings left arm variation specialist baffles Evin Lewis with a full throttle delivery to captain Mayank Agarwal in the ring. And now the Kings continue to fight with another stiff punch to the jaw after the first strategic timeout as Sanju Samson edges Ishan Porel for KL Rahul to take a leisurely one-handed grip reaching high to his right.
Evin Lewis throws his own party
The West Indian left-hander does not seem to shed tears for Gayle’s absence from this game. Instead, he destroys the Punjab bowling attack. After shooting a six-and-four straight to the ground in the first overs, Lewis smashed four limits from Ishan Porel in the fourth, the latter a scorching drive through extra cover. He received his first Royals cap earlier today from assistant coach Trevor Penney. It is my duty to inform you, as an American resident of ESPNcricinfo, that Penney was at one point an assistant coach of the United States during a World Cricket League tour of Uganda in May 2017, while Lewis has also occasionally appeared as a bell ringer in club tournaments. around the USA. As you can see, he and Lewis have moved on to bigger and better things.
We’re not the only ones who think Gayle’s birthday party has turned into a disappointment
Meanwhile, the game is on with Yashasvi Jaiswal dotting the edges of the square on both sides of the wicket for a pair of fours from Mohammed Shami when the game opens.
Deflated balloons ….
The party music has stopped. The boss of the universe was brought back to earth by being kicked out of today’s XI as Kings captain KL Rahul won the draw, chose to play first and went for Aiden Markram at n ° 3. Or does that mean that Gayle now has more calm time to devour his birthday cake in the dugout ??? Glass half full or half empty? Ah, make decisions ….
Happy birthday, patron of the universe!
The third day of the IPL resumption in the UAE coincides with the 42nd birthday of one of the iconic players in the tournament’s history, who now plies his profession with the Punjab Kings. What could he have in store today to mark the occasion? A win would help the Kings come out of the bottom half of the table, where they sit alongside the Royals in the penultimate place at the moment.
Peter Della Penna is the US correspondent for ESPNcricinfo @PeterDellaPenna