Rajasthan Royals (RR) snatched victory from the jaws of defeat and won a tight contest against Punjab Kings (PBKS). RR won the match by 4 wickets with 2 balls left. RR’s dynamic left-handed batter Devdutt Padikkal played a spectacular knock of 51 runs in 36 balls and struck 5 fours and 3 sixes. Yashasvi Jaiswal was seen struggling to make a mark in the initial phase of the run chase, and Devdutt Padikkal played the role of the aggressor.

The swashbuckling batter Jos Buttler was dismissed for yet another duck in IPL and now registered the most ducks in IPL (5) in a season. Yashasvi Jaiswal looked in complete control of the run chase and it seems as if he has made a habit of scoring big runs for the team. Yashasvi scored 50 runs in 36 balls and struck 8 fours.

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Shimron Hetmyer showed great mental application as the pacers like Kagiso Rabada & Arshdeep Singh frustrated him by bowling off-stump length and a lot of variations but he didn’t throw his wicket. Shimron Hetmyer was seen using the crease and played a lot of innovative shots.

Riyan Parag’s 2 sixes in the 18th over against the bowling of the lethal pacer Kagiso Rabada proved to be turning point of the match. Riyan Parag silenced all the critics and played a stunning cameo of  20 runs in 12 balls. There was absolute chaos in the last 2 overs when Shimron Hetmyer left 9 runs to win for the impact player Dhruv Jurel along with Trent Boult but Jurel took calculative risks and hit a huge six against Rahul Chahar.

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Earlier in the match. PBKS against all odds posted 187-5 as in the last 2 overs, the hosts scored 46 runs as Sam Curran & Shahrukh Khan were quite fearless. The likes of Shikhar Dhawan & Liam Livingstone failed to make a big contribution in the crunch match. The pacer Navdeep Saini took 3 wickets and gave away 40 runs in his 4-over spell.

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RR fans would be quite relieved as the side almost made a mess of the target. RR now are still in the race of the playoffs and are placed in 5th position on the points table with 14 points but they don’t have their fate in their hands. PBKS had yet another disappointing season as they are placed at 8th position on the points table with 12 points from 14 matches.

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I have been all over the batting order- Devdutt Padikkal

During the post-match presentation, Devdutt Padikkal stressed the fact that a player wants to win every match for the team. Devdutt Padikkal said that he has been batting at all the positions and pointed out that he needs to learn to bat at every position (*he came into bat at the No.3 position).

“Apart from the net sessions, my best hit. Coming into the season I was feeling good. But it didn’t pan out the way I thought. Every game as a cricketer you want to win it for your side,” said Devdutt Padikkal.

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“To be honest, it has been that kind of a season. I have been all over the batting order. I need to learn batting at every position. At the start of the season, I thought I might not make it,” he added.

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