Rahul wanted ’20 more’ for him and Hooda

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Rahul wanted '20 more' for him and Hooda


“We left about 20 runs behind,” Rahul told the host broadcaster after the match. “We didn’t have an ideal start, but the partnership Deepak Hooda and I had [got us on track]”.

LSG had been reduced to 11 for 2 after being put in to bat but bounced back maintaining a good run rate thanks to Rahul and Hooda’s 115 runs off 62 balls for the third wicket. The duo scored 45 in the three overs before Hooda fell for a 31-ball 50. Rahul continued but could not apply the finishing touches. He died in the 18th over and LSG managed just 25 runs in their last three overs to finish at 196 for 5.

“Once we were ready, that’s the time [in which] If Hooda could have gone ahead and got 20 more runs and if I could have gone ahead and got 20 more runs, we probably would have finished with 220; And we’re seeing that as more games are played it’s important for hitters to make sure they give that extra cushion to the pitchers.

“They [RR] We bowled well in the last two overs, we were in a good position at 150 for 3 at the end of the 15th over. “So, I think we should have capitalized a little more and gotten 20 to 25 more runs.”

RR got off to a good start in the chase but then LSG fought back to remove the trio in the form of Jos Buttler, Yashasvi Jaiswal and Riyan Parag in quick succession to be 78 for 3 in the ninth over. Legspinner Amit Mishra, playing his first game of the season, was brought in as Impact Player and got Parag off the fourth ball from him. Mishra’s second over, his 11th, was for 12 and he didn’t bowl another.
Left-arm spinner Krunal Pandya was dismissed at the end of 15 overs but LSG’s other main spin option, leg-spinner Ravi Bishnoi, who has played all nine games this season, was denied the chance. to play until the 16th over. At that point, the equation said 53, he needed 30 with seven wickets in hand. Rahul explained the reasoning behind including Mishra in the XI and retaining Bishnoi.

“Mishra is an experienced player and we have been thinking of using him since the first game,” Rahul said. “Today was the day we felt he could be useful against his middle hitters. [order] with how slow he plays and the slightly larger limit. That was the idea of ​​using him and we were hoping to use Bishnoi in the second half.

“But once the runs kept flowing, even when they lost wickets, they just made sure to put pressure on our bowlers… There was a period of two or three overs where Krunal bowled really well and we really squeezed them hard.

“But then once the faster players arrived, [the batters] I used the rhythm very well and couldn’t find a good moment to bring in Bishnoi, and I think it was too late by the time I got it. Obviously, the plan was to keep him back and make sure Rovman [Powell] and [Shimron] Hetmyer came in to bat, he has bowled well against them. “That was the plan for how we wanted to use our legpinners.”