20th Match (N), Wankhede, April 10, 2022, Indian Premier League (Marcus Stoinis 38*, Avesh Khan 7*, Kuldeep Sen 1/35) – RESULT, RR vs LSG, 20th Match, live score, 2022

That’s all from us at ESPNcricinfo. A cracking game. A cracking defense of a par score. An impressive evening out for Hetmyer, Boult, Ashwin, de Kock, Chahal, Stoinis and Kuldeep Sen. See you tomorrow for more IPL action!

Presentation time.Yuzvendra Chahal is the Player of the Match: “I’ve been bowling well always, in the middle I had a bad patch, but my main strength is my mind and I didn’t want to divert from that. (Wet ball) It was tough but it is my duty. I am ready to bowl any time. I thought to protect runs so that it will be useful later. My favourite wicket was de Kock’s dismissal since he set and is a gamechanger. (Tossing it up, Badoni wicket) He had done it before, so I thought may be he will do it again. It was my intuition, which is why I went full and wide. (150 IPL wickets) Thank you, don’t think too much. Next game comes up soon. No Instagram reels for me, my Mrs is making them now (laughs).”

Winning captain Sanju Samson: “Didn’t know we are top of table. (Kuldeep) Depends upon how he bowled his first three overs. I thought he had done really well and had the confidence to bowl those wide yorkers. Whatever I saw in Syed Mushtaq Ali, after that Royals picked him up. He is a special talent, can be for India soon. (Boult) Great character on and off the field. After the first ball he said, ‘I will change my plans.’ Really funny guy to hang around with and skills are commendable. (Hetmyer) Conversations are ‘have you eaten? Slept well? Are you happy?’ He has great cricketing sense and reads situations well. (Ashwin retired out) We thought if some situation occurs (before the season) that if we need to use retired out, we will. It was a team decision. (Chahal) He is someone who can be given the ball from over 1 or over 20. He is the greatest legspinner India has ever seen at present. He is a great matchwinner, Ashwin’s four overs are also crucial so though why not use him later in the innings.”

Saurabh Mantri: “Finally, first successful target defend at Wankhede this season. RR is keep on defending their target where others are struggling.”

Trent Boult: “(Around the wicket to KL Rahul) It was a late call in the morning. It was Neesham’s idea. Rahul is a great player, but nice for a plan like that to come off. It is my role with the new ball to be aggressive and take wickets in the powerplay so it was a good feeling to get a couple. (Came over the wicket later) You guys have seen me bowl enough. At the top it is to pitch it up and get some movement. (Kuldeep Sen) He is a great guy, bowls with heart. Executed under pressure and will only grow from an experience like that. There are some quality fast bowling assets in our side and throughout the tournament. (Are you going to watch the over again?) I will probably watch my batting first.”

8670Ronnie: “That brilliant retired out moves proves to be the masterstroke in the end ! If Ashwin had stayed, perhaps he wouldn’t have been able to hit that six that Parag did and Lucknow wins the game by 2 wickets !” — Don’t forget the four overthrows!

11.38pm Thanks, Himanshu. Quite the hold from Kuldeep Sen at the end.

Here’s losing captain KL Rahul: ” (His wicket) I didn’t see it, otherwise would’ve put bat on it. Was a good ball, got to give it to Boult. (Target) We have a team that is never out of the contest. We bat really deep, got options with the ball, so we kept believing even at 20 for 3. In our games, we’ve gotten ourselves in some trouble and also found ways to get out of it. We needed one good partnership that didn’t get going. Towards the end, brilliant from Stoinis to take it that far and give us a chance to win. (Stoinis) We know how dangerous he is, so we wanted him after the 15th over. But we have options and we will try to be unpredictable and shuffle the batting order sometimes. We sent Gowtham today since it was a 160 game, 160 games can be tricky. We know how important powerplay is, so we thought Gowtham could put bowlers off. Didn’t work out today. (Summary) We’ve done really well so far. Our death bowling has stood out. Today we couldn’t execute our yorkers well but that can happen. With Shimron and Stoinis and other guys, they can really do damage at the back end if you miss your plans. We learn from it when they don’t come off.”

Sreshth will close out the day from here.

11.37pm Super Giants fall short by a whisker. Maybe they got it wrong with their batting order; but maybe we wouldn’t be saying that had Stoinis – even from as low as No. 8 – helped them over the line.

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