Ruturaj Gaikwad is the Player of the Match
Sanju Samson (RR): We are aware of the abilities of the people we have in our batting line-up. That's why it's disappointing when we lose. The wicket was behaving really well in the last 3-4 overs, so we knew it'd be much better in the second innings. I am happy I guessed it (pitch getting better in the second dig) right. They have been giving good starts, they almost finished off the game in the powerplay. Very happy for Jaiswal, we are very sure he'll make it big. He keeps on eating (laughs). We have been discussing about Dube in the last 2-3 games. We thought today might be his day. He has been working hard in the nets. Unbelievable batting by Gaikwad. There's no risk the way he plays. Very happy he scored a hundred, respect him. We are not thinking too far ahead, one game at a time.
MS Dhoni (CSK ): A bad toss to lose. 190 was a good score, and the dew made it flat, and the ball started coming on well. You needed to bat well, and they did that, and put pressure on the bowlers. They just took the game away in the first 6 overs. 250 would've been closer to par, given the way they were going. It was stopping a bit with their wristspinners, and it started coming on better later, that's when Ruturaj capitalised really well. Often when you lose the game it can get brushed under the carpet but it was a brilliant innings. I think the batsmen must assess quickly what is a good score, and you tend to go hard in the format and then realise that it's not a 160-180 wicket. They assessed the conditions quickly, and they didn't let pressure get to the middle order. Deepak played really well, and the bowlers were under the pump. We should have used the dimensions better. It's important to forget but also learn from this game, because there's no point learning if this happens in a playoff match.
Rajasthan Royals won by 7 wickets
Over 17.3 Moeen Ali tossed up delivery to Glenn Phillips,1 run, gets forward and drives it to sweeper cover and gets the winning run.
Over 17.2 Moeen Ali tossed up delivery to Shivam Dube,1 run, gets forward and drives all along the carpet to long-off
Over 17.1 KM Asif bowls a pitched up delivery to Shivam Dube, 2 runs, comes on to the front foot and lofts it straight over the bowlers head and picks up a couple of runs.
End of Over 17 (17 runs) Rajasthan XI 187/3
Glenn Phillips 11/6 Sam Curran 4.1-0-56-0
Shivam Dube 64/42
Over 16.6 Sam Curran bowls a good length delivery to Glenn Phillips,Six! Shuffles and pummels it over deep square leg with a disdainful pull shot. Right off the meat of the bat
Over 16.5 Sam Curran bowls a good length delivery to Shivam Dube,1 run, gets forward and uppishly clipped through mid-wicket
Over 16.4 Sam Curran bowls it short of length to Shivam Dube,1 run, gets on top of the bounce and punched away to deep extra cover
Over 16.3 Sam Curran bowls a good length delivery to Shivam Dube, 2 runs, stays leg-side of the ball drives to deep point
Over 16.2 Sam Curran bowls a pitched up delivery to Shivam Dube, Boundary! Moves leg-side and slaps the cut through extra cover. Struck really hard. A boundary off the free-hit
Over 16.2: Noball + No runs off the bat. Sam Curran to Glenn Phillips, goes deep inside the crease and tried his best to get to the ball. Almost ran towards the backward square leg region
Over 16.1 Sam Curran bowls it short of length to Shivam Dube,1 run, shuffles across on the back foot and tucked away to deep square leg
End of Over 16 (5 runs) Rajasthan XI 170/3
Glenn Phillips 0/2 Shardul Thakur 4-0-30-2
Shivam Dube 59/38
Over 15.6 Shardul Thakur bowls it short of length to Glenn Phillips, no run, gets on top of the bounce and cuts it straight to the man at backward point.
Over 15.5 Shardul Thakur bowls a pitched up delivery to Glenn Phillips, no run, gets forward and driven straight to cover
Over 15.4 Shardul Thakur bowls a good length delivery to Sanju Samson, out Caught by Ruturaj Gaikwad!! Samson picked the length early and pulled hard. The timing was good but the skipper got the placement wrong. Ruturaj moves to his right at deep square leg to gobble it up.
Over 15.3 Shardul Thakur bowls it short of length to Shivam Dube,1 run, wants to muscle it over mid-wicket and gets a top edge that falls in no-man's land.