Even former opener Virender Sehwag wrote, “This kid is special. Thoroughly enjoyed his clean striking.” He is indeed the next big thing in the cricket world.
On a slow pitch, Jason Roy began by steering Boult through point and lofting a drive over cover to collect two boundaries. In the third over, Roy flicked off Boult, but Shimron Hetmyer ran to his right from deep square leg and took a terrific jumping catch on the edge of the boundary.
Jaiswal was staying in a tent with the groundsmen of the Azad Maiden in Dadar, Mumbai after he was evicted from a shop he was working. Later, he reportedly started selling pani puri to make ends meet.
Apart from Jaiswal, the likes of Dhruv Jurel (34 off 15), Jos Buttler (27 off 21), and Devdutt Padikkal (24 off 12) contributed to the Royals' big score on a batting-friendly pitch.
As per Mazumdar, RR lack a batter who can adapt to certain game situations and it was one of the primary reasons behind their loss against LSG.
In the final over, Sandeep surprised Stoinis with a short ball, resulting in a feather edge being caught by Samson.
Rajasthan Royals thus scored their third win in four matches and jumped to the top spot on better net run rate after a tie with Lucknow Super Giants with six points each.
Asked to bat first by Dhoni in his 200th match as CSK skipper, the Rajasthan Royals innings developed in a stutter, smash, stutter mode as they lost Yashasvi Jaiswal (10) early with 11 runs on the board. They raced to 57/1 at the end of the Power-play and looked like cruising towards a huge total with Buttler and Padikkal going great guns.
Dhawan's unbeaten 85 along with Prabhsimran Singh's maiden half-century helped PBKS set a 198-run target. In reply, after a slow start, Royals turned the momentum into their favour but fell short of 5 runs in front of Sam Curran's brilliant display in the final over.
With his unbeaten 85 off 56 balls, Dhawan completed his 50th 50-plus score in his IPL career. He now has 48 half-centuries and two tons, while Jason Holder was the pick of the bowlers for PBKS, picking up two wickets after conceding 29 runs in his four-over quota.
Put into bat, last season's runners-up RR got off to a flier with T20 World Cup-winning England skipper Jos Buttler smacking 54 off 22 balls (7x4, 3x6).
A report in ESPNCricinfo says Markram is in South Africa for the upcoming two-match ODI series against the Netherlands and is expected to arrive in India along with his other IPL-bound national side teammates only on April 3.
"Obviously disappointed tonight. Came up against a really strong Rajasthan team who probably deserve it more than us," said du Plessis at the post-match presentation.
Chasing a par-target of 179, Lucknow Super Giants slumped to 29/3 in the sixth over. Boult made the breakthrough for Rajasthan Royals with two wickets in the first two deliveries of the third over.
Trent Boult was the best Rajasthan bowler on the day with 2/18 off four overs while Prasidh Krishna (2/33) and Obed McCoy 2/35 were also among wickets.