Rahane admitted that they have not batted well this season as they should have posted something around 175-180 yesterday, especially after the magnificent start provided by Buttler and Tripathi.
Sodhi has been a consistent performer for Rajasthan since he was signed as an injury replacement for injured Afghanistan spinner Zahir Khan, conceding just 5.93 runs per over across his first four games. They have still one face to face battle left which will be executed at the home venue of Rajasthan Royals.
They will be placed on 16 points and only two other teams, RR and KXIP, can achieve as many points at the end of the league stage. The purple and gold army won the match by 6 wickets. By virtue of their positive NRR, their chances of qualifying for the playoffs is high in such a scenario. But the work will be very tough. Moreover, The Delhi Daredevils are already out of the playoffs. Besides, KKR is in 3rd position.
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Kings XI Punjab, now on 12 points, can still go through if they win one of their two remaining games and other results go their way, despite having the worst NRR (-0.518) in the league.
Barbadian Jofra Archer, bought at a whopping Rs. 7.2 crore, contributed in a big way to the first two game-changing events of the crucial match between Mumbai Indians and Rajasthan Royals at a filled-up Wankhede Stadium on Sunday. It was a great decision. So, when Binny came in at No. 6, with Royals in trouble, Kuldeep was at his best.
Jos Buttler took off in a similar vein and smashed Shivam Mavi for 28 runs mixing innovation with power. Skipper Ajinkya Rahane, however, remained optimistic of his team's chances suggesting they can still reach the knockouts. Top orders were nearly failed in front of the opponent bowlers. By losing nine wickets RR scored 152 runs so far in 20 overs. His short ball, which he used brilliantly against Kings XI the other day, is a vicious weapon too. The Rajasthan Royals openers had got off to a rollicking start when Russell, given the ball in the fifth over, made an instant impact; he had Rahul Tripathi caught behind the fifth ball, and that started the derailment of the RR innings. How many runs will he score today?
Now, with Buttler set to leave, Tripathi may have been pushed up the order so he can play the role of the aggressor from the next game. He sends in a bouncer to Lynn who clears the front leg and goes for the cut, he doesn't connect well with it and once again gets a top edge but isn't lucky this time as Anureet takes a comfortable catch at deep point. So we obviously have to make sure we have some good plans against him and the rest of the batters as well.