IPL 2022 – RR vs LSG

What does the future hold for T20? Well, it may seem like a Sunday night match between Rajasthan Royals and Lucknow Super Giants. The Royals eventually won a thrilling match by three runs, but for the neutral, the result may have been less significant than the tactical battle played at Wankhede Stadium.

LSG will unleash their all-rounders

International Duties In the LSG he was eliminated in the first two matches of the season without Jason Holder and in the first four matches without Marcus Stones.

On Sunday, the two finally got on, and the Stones came straight to the side, leaving Evin Lewis behind but he had already won a match at the LSG with his own bat.

It was clear from LSG’s bidding strategy that they wanted to create a page with multiple all-rounders, which would give them depth and flexibility in both bat and ball. Against the Royals, the Super Giants had five all-rounders in their XI: Holder, Stones, Krunal Pandya, Deepak Hooda and K Gautam.

However, the LSG used only five bowlers, not Krunal, Stones and Hooda. With the Royals having an explosive left-handed player in the middle of the nine to 20 overs with Shimron Headmeyer, their captain K.L. Rahul explained at his post-match press conference.

The important thing is to have multiple all-round options, not all of which need to be used all the time, but to have favorable options in most situations. Offspinner Gautam, for example, has been in the XI for the LSG series against the Delhi Capitals and the Royals, with two left-handed players in significant numbers in their top orders.

Gautam played a key role on Sunday, taking two wickets and conceding just 14 off 14 balls, with 45 off the other 22 balls he faced.

The Royals team lifted Aswin
Before the start of the season, the Royals had to cover up a major weakness. They had a strong top five spot on paper and a strong bowling attack (excluding end-over options), but not much proved in Nos. 6 and 7. In this game, R Ashwin – who has scored a century in five Tests but who is not a bipher of the touch player ball – is number one. Slotted in 7.

He was eventually placed 6th along with Hedmeyer in the tenth over of the Royals innings. It was Ryan Barrack, more apt to hit in the final overs than rebuilding an innings, he was pushed to 7th.

This is a clear example of the growing perception within the T20 that the entry point of the batsmen is more important than their place in the batting line-up.

Aswin retired

In a game full of tactical maneuvers, this is the biggest moment – the moment that fans have been waiting for for years. With two balls to spare in the 19th over of the Royals’ innings, Ashwin ran off the field and became the first batsman to retire in the IPL. The idea was discussed in the Royals think tank, and Ashwin fully accepted it.

You can expect him to add a lot of variation to his bowling ability – and try to master a completely different bowling style – one step ahead of the batters in the T20. It’s about getting rid of non-strikers when they retreat a long way. Aswin will always be at the forefront of innovating in all forms of cricket and he will be proud of his involvement in this moment as well.

The reason for this decision was, of course, the fact that Greece had scored a very efficient six at this point in the game. ESPNcricinfo forecaster Ashwin retired from 152 to 159 to lift the Royals’ predicted score by seven runs. Hedmeyer went berserk and Barrow hit a six in the last over as they were bowled out for 165.

Bolt comes around the wicket

Trent Bolt’s action with the new ball was simple and time-tested. Tilt the ball from the left hand over to the right hand battery and swing it back, bowling and LPW.

On Sunday, however, he started from around the wicket. He has done this only once before in the 2018 IPL, and that too against the same batsman Rahul. Did he see anything in Rahul’s technique to make him believe he had more of a chance at that angle? Perhaps, but in a post-match presentation, Bolt revealed the idea suggested to him by his Royals and New Zealand teammate James Neesham on the morning of the match.

Wherever the idea came from, the execution was fantastic: full, late swing, and stumps splashed as Rahul played around the ball.

LSG shows their flexible batting line-up
Due to the Royals’ lack of batting depth, Aswin’s promotion came unnecessarily. LSG have no such issues, they are blessed to be with so many all-rounders.

Like the ball, it gives them flexibility in the bat as well. When Rahul’s wicket fell, Gautam, who had a strike rate of almost 168 in the IPL, was sent off as a pinch-hitter.

It didn’t work because Bolt made him LPW on the first legal ball he faced. Who will come next? You would have expected the Stones to be the one who often batted in the top three for the Big Bash League and Australia. Or Hooda or Ayush Patoni, both are perfect middle-order batteries.

Instead, Holder can hit a long ball, but he also has a technique that brought him three Test centuries. In the circumstances, this may be due to post-promotion quality. It didn’t come right because Holder scored 8 of 17 runs, but again, the move showed the flexibility of the LSG lineup.

Two left-handed players in Greece
LSG lost the fifth wicket at the end of the 12th over. They now need 92 off 48 balls. At this point, the internet grunt walked in with Quinton de Cock. This is the first time in LSG’s innings that two identical batsmen – in this case two left-handed players – have been in Greece at the same time.

Like all teams, the LSG values ​​left-right alliances, but they may break the rules here for a reason. At that point, offspinner Ashwin had one over left – he delivered it immediately – and lexspinner Yusvendra Sahal had two overs.

LSG’s attack includes extraordinary leg-spinner Ravi Bishnoi, who prefers bowling to left-handed players. Sahil is a very traditional leg spinner who delivers the ball with the lower hand and throws legbrakes more often than the wrong balls.

Sahil’s record against left-handed players is better – since the 2019 season, his economic ratio against them (7.30) has been slightly worse than against right-handed players (7.19) – but LSG can get.

They may have wanted to delay the Stones’ entry and support his six-wicket haul in the final stages of the match.

Krunal’s promotion delayed Sahil’s debut – his third over in the 16th over of LSG’s innings – but he knocked out both left – handers in that over.

However, stopping the Stones allowed the LSG to achieve an almost impossible victory. His scoring – and the helpful contributions of Dushmantha Sameera and Avesh Khan – reduced the score to 15 in the last over. In the end, Kuldeep Sen, who made his debut for the Royals, won – he conceded just one run in the first four balls of the final over, using a white line outside the stumps to keep the ball away from the Stones. Hitting the bow.

Karthik Krishnasamy is the Senior Assistant Editor at ESPNcricinfo

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